The Agility Rocks! Moderator
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bushkill, PA (The Poconos!)
You need a better plan, cause I'm not getting that you were controlled and relaxed.
Were you happy and greeting the Labs as the friendly dogs they were? Did you say 'Hey look Ozzy at those beautiful offleash Labs running towards us, aren't they beautiful happy happy joy joy what a wonderful day to make new friends?'
Or, instead were you freaked and dragging Ozzy away in a bit of a panic?
I've found I can either take control and add to the 'good' of a meeting. Or let the meeting go awry and let everything go on around me like I'm a feather in the wind REACTING to stuff rather than being proactive with 'a plan'.
My plan is to always get my body between the oncoming dogs and my dogs to determine if the oncoming are friendly or really coming in for the kill. Meanwhile I am in such a happy happy voice to make my pup THINK everything is fine, and the oncoming dogs may think I know them to and look at ME rather than my pup (good thing, look at ME!!!).
I've found if I can greet the new dogs first and stay happy, that is taking CONTROL of the situation and is very calming and soothing to my pup. So even if it's new and a bit overwhelming the puppy thinks 'heck, mom is delighted to see these dogs, nothing happened to mom when she got to them first, so I guess I'll just let them sniff me and see what happens.
I do not drag my puppy anyways. If she is so freaked she won't move, and nothing REAL is happening, then we can just sit and wait until she calms down and I continue with my happy voice with the other dogs until they get bored out of their gourds and go away. I'm still there to take control. My puppy feels save sitting near and just taking everything in, and another day of real life with off leash dogs is under our belts.
Miss Osin Blue Wildhaus NA NAJ NF
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