Join Date: May 2012
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
Did I mess up her socialization somewhere?
Last night at the dog park someone mentioned to me that I may have problems with Gaia down the road because she doesn't like people petting her.Now this is the first time I've ever seen this person and her trying to pet Gaia would have been her first interaction with her. I try to socialize her as much as possible, she's been to puppy classes, constantly in obedience classes, take her to festivals, walks thru down town, the vet, the pet store, she's a regular "show and tell" addition at my friends daycare and the list goes on. She's endured 3 family reunions this summer and did fine at all of them. She's a gem with other dogs, will selectively bark at a couple that walk by the house when I have her outside but I've never seen any sort of reaction that I would chalk up to agression be it fear or otherwise. It's more of a bark, a play bow and when they don't engage her she comes back to me with her ball. I'm working on keeping her attention but that's another matter.It takes her a while to warm up to people and she doesn't approach anyone new with her tail wagging looking for a pet instead she'll watch them for a while then make up her mind if she's going to approach them or not. If they catch me off guard and approach her anywhere she'll let them pet her but I can tell she's uncomfortable and remove her from the situation but she's never growled, shown her teeth, raised her hackles or anything of the sort. I always thought this was normal and her demonstrating being "aloof" but being me, I tend to over analyze peoples comments when they are predicting the worse. Is this stanger blowing everything completely out of porportion or do I have to change up my plan?
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
, BH 07/01/2013