I am really nervous now..need help
Rosco is 6 months and I have been guilty of not walking him outside on a lead during the winter months but let him play in our big back yard. He has a lot of socialization with people and children IN OUR HOUSE and is great even with babies. SO, its getting nice and I take him and izzy my husky mix outside for a walk thinking it will be challenging on a lead but okay. OMG!! I didn't get 5 feet and kids riding bikes, group jogging, dogs in their yards.....rosco go nuts in his big woof at every one. SO I tug at his lead and firmly say NO, turn him around and try again. (Ceasar method)Between whines and woofs I'm staying calm but inside freaking out. I had to tell two of my daughter's friends that were coming toward us not to approach him and my neighbors are all looking at me like i have a vicious dog or something. HE never LUNGED or GROWED...just barked.
Should i just start taking him in the van places so he can get used to seeing people, dogs noise first? Should i continue to take him on walks and it will get better? Was he just scared and overwhelmed? I should mention, after all the kids passed etc and we started walking he did pretty good. He did not bark at the other dogs, just fixated on them and i was able to divert his attention with a "hep" and a quick tug. It seems it is more people right now than dogs, but all the dogs we saw were behind a fence.
What is the best way to start this outdoor socialization and not freak rosco out and keep everyone safe?
I do have him on a waiting list for obedience school but now i am even worried about that!
Mom of 5 kids
Mom of 2 Dogs
GSD- Rosco Von Ludwig CGC born 7/8/08 -age 2yrs
Husky Mix Izadora -Rescued in 2004 -age 8