- Helpful thoughts. Thank you! As far as how they are with everything else in life, that's a good question. They don't love strangers and bark at people they don't know. They also tend to be protective of my husband and I as well as their territory. On walks, my female does pretty well with people. Mac, my male, does not. I have worked with him on walks to not bark so much, and he's getting better, but I still don't feel comfortable with strangers walking too close by. So that kind of gives you an idea of his temperament, maybe. We're hoping when we're out of this stressful living situation (long story) that some of this behavior might *crosses fingers* get better.
- Good point on not taking chances. I really don't want to do that, although I'm being a bit pressured by people around me who say "It will be OK, I'm sure." Great tip on bringing them to parks with kids. I forgot that I've actually done that once before with success. We were far away from the kids and just watched and I had him just take it in. He didn't bark at all in that instance. Maybe I should do that more often. We're just not there at the park often, and when we are, sometimes there aren't kids. But I'm going to keep doing that when I can.
- Thanks for your response! It's a long way away, like end of summer beginning of fall, but they want to stay for a weekend. If it's what I have to, I'll do it, but I'd really hate to keep Mac in a separate room the whole time they're here. It would be ideal for me to find a way to make it work with everybody in the same vicinity. And of course, I would supervise, and the kids would never be allowed alone with the dogs.
- Thank you for that tip. If they're staying for a weekend, is it reasonable to have Mac gated off the whole time, even when he can see? Maybe it is reasonable, I just want to know for sure. It seems a little unfair, but maybe I'm humanizing him too much LOL
If I need to get a professional trainer, I will try to do that. I'm just a little nervous about it. I don't know why. So I'm trying to find a way I can train the dogs myself.