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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-10-2008, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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More suggestions to boost rescue's confidence

We take our dogs to a very good training school , and we've been told one thing we really have to work on with Indigo is her confidence. She's very docile and wary.

We praise her for the smallest of accomplishments. During classes she loves the agility courses, the A frame, teeter totter tunnell etc and gets so excited with her accomplishments.

At home she loves playing fetch as well does Echo our other dog.
and we always praise her for doing well.

However she's is comfortable taking second fiddle to Echo, who is obviously the dominate dog. He likes to lay right next to us etc, or on our bed with us at night, while she actually prefers the corner, or downstairs all together.

I'm trying to maintain a balance of pecking order amoung the two, with still giving her the confidence she needs. I believe she does actually have a dominate personality, at times she will just steal toys bones etc right from echo. when they play fight they take turns rolling each other etc.

I was just wondering if anyone had anymore tips to do with her in every day that would help her confidence some.

btw she's a rescue about 13 months now, we've had her since Memorial day. She's GSD & now we are thinking possibly some lab.

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Re: More suggestions to boost rescue's confidence

If you want to build her confidence then play ball with her alone, don't let the more dominate dog dominate her. You can still keep the rank order, but not allowing the dominating to go on so much.

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Re: More suggestions to boost rescue's confidence

You think she needs seperate play time?
Okay I'll try that. Thanks!

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Re: More suggestions to boost rescue's confidence

Shy or timid dog will easily take the lead of the more dominate dog. So to build confidence you need to remove the dominate dog, and get the timid dog to look at you as the leader.

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