|08-30-2013 08:40 AM|
Honestly, she may throw a fit, and you'll be embarrassed but DON"T BE, she needs to get over it, and by exposing her to dogs that aren't in her space/face will help her get over that reaction that she is most likely showing now, which is "i'm gonna get you before you get me"..
Talk to your trainer, see if you can meet him before classes start and they may be able to help you as well..
|08-29-2013 10:30 PM|
|WendyM||Thank you so much for the encouragement. I'm going to walk the entire fenced in area to make sure it's REALLY fenced in before I take her there. And I'm hoping there's a dog worse than mine ... but what if MY dog is the one making everyone else feel better? The trainer has met her before so I'm going to call him and explain the circumstances so maybe we can get a little extra TLC or time with HIS dog. I'll be fine if she never really wants to be friends with other dogs. I just don't want her to automatically view them as her enemy. I'll post back after the first class ... hopefully with good news!|
|08-29-2013 09:46 PM|
I don't blame you one bit for being paranoid about disease, it IS rampant and who knows??
If you can find a good fenced in area,,go for it, she will probably LOVE it, and it's a good way to work on your recall with her..
Don't worry about class, she may have a hissy the first few classes, but that's what training classes are for,,to work on issues you have..
The one thing to be on top of at classes are,,your not the only one there with probably an unruley, barky dog, just don't let anyone else's dog get in her space/face..She's already had enough negative dog incidents, you want to try and avoid anymore..
I figure there is ALWAYS someone else/dog in a class worse than mine))
It's great she loves people, I would rather have a dog who was ok with people and not ok with dogs, vs having one ok with dogs and NOT with people! Keep taking her to those strip malls, stores where ever you can..Our dogs don't "need" other doggie friends to have long happy lives..They just need their people
Good luck, keep us updated on how class goes
|08-29-2013 09:07 PM|
Thanks for the input. I had the same feeling about doggie daycare. In a perfect world, I want to expose her to lots of dogs and give her some interaction during the day while we're at work. But if it were a perfect world, she wouldn't have had so many negative experiences already. I have no idea how we're even going to get her to approach a group of dogs at training, but I'll talk to the trainer about that before we take her. Only 11 days left. I feel like I have a mental calender with giant red x's on it!
I know there's a lot of difference in opinion about socialization vs shots and in all honesty, I wish I had never heard of parvo because then we would have taken her out more. But knowing how serious it could be, and never having had a puppy before, we didn't want to risk it. We have taken her for twice daily walks and lots of visits to stores/strip malls where she could walk in wide areas and meet people. But no parks or grass or wooded areas where dogs are more likely to go.
She's dying to get off leash and we're dying to let her! I just want to make sure I do it responsibly.
|08-29-2013 08:55 PM|
Being jumped/having encounters like she's already had, have not been positive for her. With that, I would not put her in doggie daycare at this point. She needs to be around dogs that are neutral to her, or atleast friendly/tolerant. NO negative dog experiences..I would work on the socialization with the trainer if you can't find anyone with a neutral dog for her to be around.
If you want to take her out in the big wide world, lots of space/hiking, I'd put her on a long line, so you will have control over her if you need to reel her in.
While I know most recommend not taking puppies out until all their shots, well hogwash to me..Mine are with me 24/7 when I first get them. I do not take them to areas that I think would be "iffy"..or have alot of dog action. At that young age, (8wks+) I don't put them on a leash, they are pretty dependent on me and always follow, makes it easier for offleash when they are older..(of course this in areas I know are safe).
So at 16 wks, 4 months, she is probably just DYING to get offleash, with that again I'd use a long line and I'd start those obedience classes asap..
|08-29-2013 08:15 PM|
Finishing Vaccinations ... Now What?
Our pup turns 16 weeks on Monday and is getting her final set of shots on Tuesday, so by next weekend we should have a lot more freedom. The problem is, I'm not sure what to do with it. I think I've found a park/field that's completely fenced in, but I have to walk the perimeter to be sure. I'm excited to take her somewhere where I can let her off leash ... but should I? Her recall is iffy to be generous, but I'm confident we can take enough interesting things to get her back to us if she sprints for the hills. If nothing else, her flirt pole has a magnetic pull. I'd love to give her the space and freedom to really run the way she wants to, I just don't know if it's a better idea to have her on something like a 30 foot leash instead.
I know that some people recommend hiking with pups from day one, but we didn't do that and of course it's not day one anymore. There's no way I'd trust her at this point on a hike off leash, but what about on leash? I'm worried she'll eat all the rocks and sticks and animal dung. Of course, we'll keep her away from them, but her "leave it" is in the infant stages, so we'd have a very long hike if we have to pull her away from every single thing on the ground. In your experience, do they get more excited about being in such a big place so they don't do quite as much trying to eat the whole world? Or do I need "leave it" firmly in place first? I'm also worried about her encountering other dogs on hikes (see the next paragraph).
Lastly, what about puppy day care? She's had fantastic socialization experiences with people but terrible socialization with dogs. She's had five separate instances where a loose dog charged at her while on a walk. Twice she was able to bark the dog down, twice my husband got between her and the other dog and shielded her and once I froze (and yes, I'm ashamed of that) and let the other dog get to her and they had an altercation. I pulled the other dog off and held them apart, but I'm worried the damage was done already. She barks and lunges at friendly dogs we encounter, but she's always on a leash. She does have a wagging tail and her hackles aren't up, but she has a big girl bark now so I'm not sure how to read it. She has made one "friend" at my friend's house, but he's an older dog and just tolerates her more than plays with her. And we can't take her over there much because it was their other dog that got loose and attacked her. We are starting training a week after her shots. Should I work on the socialization with the trainer and then slowly introduce puppy day care?
Dog parks ... I know these are a controversial subject and I wouldn't take her until we get her more dog socialization, but IF you like dog parks, at what age would you introduce your dog to them?
I know it probably seems like I want to do everything RIGHT NOW and that's because I absolutely do. I've been waiting anxiously for the day when we can do more things like hikes in parks instead of limiting her to short walks on sidewalks and fetch in the back yard. I appreciate any advice anyone has. Thanks!