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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-17-2011, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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How to teach him to accept kids

Tonight I was at the park and some very nice younger kids hung around Lincoln. He barked and let out growls at first, but they ignored him, walk slow around him and half hour later he was letting them pet his chin and rub his bum. Normally I cant stand kids myself but these ones were really respectful and didnt barge up to him like most do. They said they would help me get Lincoln used to other kids as they have friends their age they could get around him.

My question is what method should I use? What I did tonight was have them not look at him and sit down and let him come to them. Slowly but surely he would inch closer and closer. Should I have treats with me? Should I let them play ball with him?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-17-2011, 11:23 PM
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I always go out in public for socializing with a ziplock full of treats. Some I give out, others I hand over to others. Really helps get over a bump for something/someone new.

It he'll play with a toy, that's good too.



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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-18-2011, 08:47 AM
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We use treats too. Let the kids give them to him. It takes time but you will definately see a difference.


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