Puppy socially dense
Ack, I was just outside in the garage with my 13 week old pup. Along walks the neighbors dog, who is a very friendly calm dog and always loose on the property. The neighbor's dog is older and ignores my puppy, but tries to come to me with tail wagging, letting out a side growl at the pup as it tries to get to me happily. usually my puppy tries to jump on it to play, and I pull her back with the leash, but she is so excited she wont focus on anything but getting to the dog.
Today puppy was not on a leash, slipped away from me and jumped and jumped on the older dog, who started growling really loudly and all the hackles went up on her back. Puppy..... just kept jumping on top of the the dogs face! Until I could get her and remove her from the dog.
She is in puppy class and has greeted other pups very nicely, played nicely with them. She has older dog friends, greets them first and then wants to play. But when they want to stop she is COMPLETELY oblivious to any signals about this, no matter how obvious. Its no just barking or play bow, but jumping on the head of a dog who is clearly telling her to F off. There's not even the second of "oh, wait a minute, I think I hear a rumbling, what is it?" I have seen other pups do that, then go back to playing, but it seems no signals from other dogs stop her even for a second. I'm worried she cant even notice these signals because it says to me she could get hurt at some point.
How can I train her out of this? She sees a fair amount of dogs, but they are at class or when walking through crowds, etc. We are going to the baseball game for dogs tomorrow. I am guessing training this will take sustained co-ordination with another dog and its owner to set up something? She is the typical very wiggly, friendly pup where other dogs are much more exciting than food. Given her age I'm not sure what realistic expectations are regarding the level of impulse control I can expect her to develop with other dogs at this time and also how to go about this training. (we are doing impulse control work with food and she does GREAT, so I know she has good skills in that area, but don't know how to get it to translate to relationships with dogs).
Please help, any experience with the training and appropriate goals from this age onwards?
Redhawk and Taibhsearachd (AKA "Tav")
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Last edited by Redhawk; 08-29-2011 at 02:58 PM.