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post #11 of 52 (permalink) Old 01-27-2017, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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My concern for Appolo's confidence goes back to earlier posts about him falling out of drive on the IPO field and otherwise showing some signs of shyness.
He was shy when he went to club last week. There was one guy Bill that he took a liking to. Or more so than the rest. He would approach Bill and take food from him. As long as I kept him focused on me he did play tug and walk the A Frame numerous times. Sunday will be his second time at club. Maybe he'll do better. Maybe not.
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Bill is a good guy, all dogs love Bill!
Is Athena the same age, sorry, I don't know the backstory on your dogs

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Yes, different goals.
I don't want my dogs to be overly friendly, I want them to see me as their source of interaction. If someone does approach, I want them neutral, and not having them think that all people are there for the dogs to be entertained or a pez dispenser.
I try to keep my dogs neutral to other people and dogs. Where we train, the dogs need to focus on their handlers then when it is allowed they are fine to be petted up or played with by other club members. My dogs are cool with that.
I took Gambit everywhere when he was a pup, he was absolutely fine in all situations, but never ran up to people or pulled me towards other dogs thinking they were his besties.
When he was about seven months, we went to a car show and the teenage 'queen' of the village came up to him wearing a tiara and gown, gloves...arms open like a robot towards him. That was the first time he ever tried to avoid anyone, and I didn't blame him a bit, lol!
Confidence is always key, confidence in the handler that they are there for their dog, they have their dogs back so the dog doesn't feel the need to be 'on' all the time. I learned that with Onyx, who does not have strong nerves and is fear aggressive. I had to prove to her that I controlled her world so she could have that weight lifted off her shoulders.
Since Raff hasn't had all of his shots yet, the only places he goes to socialize are the club and our trainer's place.

He's an interesting mix, 100% Czech. His dam is super social, his sire is a retired K9 from the Czech Republic. He is most assuredly a one handler dog. Stay clear. Also the most clear in the head dog Raff's breeder has ever seen.

Will be interesting to see if Raff becomes more aloof as he matures. He's only 11 weeks right now.

Apollo's experience with the walker brings up a good point. It's a good idea to expose puppies to things like walkers and wheelchairs, bicycles, too.
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Don't let him feel your frustration or it will only add to whatever he's thinking.
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Bill is a good guy, all dogs love Bill!
Is Athena the same age, sorry, I don't know the backstory on your dogs
Athena is 10 months old. But she has always been that way. When we went to look at her at 6 weeks old she was the one female pup that would try her best to play with Rosko who she just met. Or she would be the only pup out in the yard exploring by herself while the rest of the pups were in the garage together.
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I hear you. My she-pup had a blow out on the training field. I had walked her through a shopping center earlier that day and she barked a greeting bark at a few folks. I gave a mild correction and had her look up at me. We worked on her ignoring folks and she seemed to get the hang of it. She was sitting in the start position as pretty as can be, looking up and smiling. A gentleman came up behind us a short distance away and said, " that is how I want my dog to be. I want him to behave like that".

Then that night we went to training. I gave her time to look around and sniff equipment and such before getting onto the field. I let her listen to the people and watch a previous dog from a few yards away. Once we got on the field, all she wanted to do was race off of the field. It was frustrating for her and myself.

I'm thankful for your updates because I am hoping some where in this discussion I'll pick up a tip that can help.
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@car2ner hopefully something works. If not then it is what it is. It is frustrating. He's soooo excited to jump up in the truck and go somewhere. He's the happiest pup in the world. Then when we get where there is people he's like nope. He does OK out in a woods or a field. Maybe I can teach him to tree squirrels. He'll be the biggest squirrel dog I have ever seen. Lol.
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I'll have my wife with us tomorrow. I'll have her video some of him in a store. Or around New people.
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What do you want your dog to do around other people ??

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