Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Northern California
You very well may be, but I’d be using these opportunities around other dogs to work on focus, obedience and impulse control. May seem tough with a playful puppy that has a short attention span, but it’s worth it.
My dogs occassionally have very brief and playful interactions (and by brief I literally mean a minute long frolic if we run into a friendly dog on a hike or with some of the dogs I know at my job) with other dogs just before I call them back to me. They only play with each other (in the form of chasing) sometimes when camping or at the beach when they’re stimulated by the environment. Never on leash, never indoors. Keystone is the first dog I intentionally trained this way (of course his personality supported it) and it’s been so nice to remain his source of fun and entertainment in a distracting dog filled world. He’s confident, trust worthy and will walk away after saying his piece rather than engage in a fight. I believe this is a result of not only our relationship, but by not having to constantly experience (even well meaning) conflict with other dogs. Not deprived at all.
TILDEN: Male: Blk/Red LHGSD: DOB: 12/24/06 60lbs of Love
KEYSTONE: Male: Sable: DOB: 2/11/13 60lbs of Go!!!!!
Last edited by Fodder; 04-04-2018 at 02:01 AM.