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Old 06-20-2014, 07:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been working hard with Dude. Thundershirt, behaviorist/trainer 2x a week. Socialization 1x a week and Petsmart class 1x a week. He has been making great progress. Yesterday my husband had a friend over and he was outside playing with Tasha while they chatted. Yea! Progress.

Today I'm in Petsmart with Dude trying on Thundershirts because he has worn a hole right through his. I was pretty sure he needed the next size up but I wanted to make sure it wasn't too big. We are off to the side away from people and I've got my arms wrapped around him trying to do up the velcro when some jerk comes up. I said he is fearful please stay back. This guy reaches over stuffs his hand right in Dudes face and says whats the matter boy don't you wanna sniff my dogs.

I don't know if Dude felt my annoyance or just didn't like having a hand stuffed in his face while trying on Thundershirts but he gave out a low growl. The guy backed off and rather than comfort my dog like an idiot I tell him no. (**** it, it wasn't his fault) anyway the guy turns away with a grin on his face. I feel like he got exactly the reaction he was trying for.

Gosh I really hate people sometimes!
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Old 06-20-2014, 07:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dude reacted properly...no reason for you to be upset! As long as it didn't set back his progress, let it go. Be happy Dude warned him and didn't just nail his obnoxiousness.
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Dude reacted properly...no reason for you to be upset! As long as it didn't set back his progress, let it go. Be happy Dude warned him and didn't just nail his obnoxiousness.
I didn't though, part of the reason I'm so mad.

He was acting scared there for a bit after but we went to an empty isle and did sits and downs and he calmed down. Hopefully it didn't set him back too far.
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I wouldn't have comforted him, either. Telling him no was appropriate as a handler of an immature dog. He needs to learn to look to you right now for direction. Had you said yes, he'd take it and run! You did fine, IMO. And doing obedience afterward was also a good idea. He probably forgot all about the idiot....no harm no foul
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Old 06-20-2014, 07:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Sounds like he's pretty reactive ( in his own way ) to mention the obvious.

Petsmart, could at times be a great place to proof a dog.

I'm kind of stuck on the "fault " thing myself currently with my gal...closing in on 2 years. But, I do know this...regardless of another dog or whatever element might cross your path...such as this dude ( guy ) that crossed Dude and your paths...your goal I am certain is that you will have full control of Dude and be a kickass team regardless of the "scenery".

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Dude sent the msg. I love his name !!

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Old 06-20-2014, 08:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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My lady ( this is dogspeak ) looks like a dude...she's a butchy chiquita...


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My lady ( this is dogspeak ) looks like a dude...she's a butchy chiquita...


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Lol check out my butchy babe, heck she even lifts her leg to pee among other things.

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Old 06-20-2014, 10:00 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I think that fact that you didn't comfort him was actually a better response. You saying "no" sends the signal that he didn't be growling at this man because he wasn't doing anything. Comforting would have have reaffirmed his growling.

And misslesleedavis.. she really lifts her leg?! Haha! That's awesome!
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Old 06-20-2014, 10:21 PM   #10 (permalink)
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A dog should growl if he is uncomfortable. Its natural and appropriate. You should not tell him no and you should not comfort him. Let him communicate that he is uncomfortable. This way it is known by all around before a bite occurs. Dogs that don't growl but just go for the bite are far more dangerous because there is no warning. In the future, if you do not want him to growl at someone, don't take him somewhere that risks putting him into an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous situation. Depending on how bad his nerves are, this might be something that you do not want to train away. It might be better to just manage him in such a way that he always feels safe and the general public is also safe.
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