Actually, whether a dog loves to positively socialize with a strange dog depends on its personality, like to humans. Your pup can get on well with other canines who live together, because they have stayed in the same place (your home and the daycare) for a while and slowly became familiar. Luckily, she has no impolite behaviors such as barking or jumping up to the strange dogs, which probably is an effect of puppy training. Why does she suddenly bark to her trainer? Is she barking angrily or excitedly?
You could refer to my advice:
1. Reinforce the socialized training on your own. After the puppy class, you can also teach your pup how to socialize with other canines. For example, bring her to the dog-friendly beaches and parks with your other two dogs, so they can play with "new friends" in the spacious area for a whole sunny afternoon. The daily walking just makes them come across in a short time. Give them much time to get along.
2. Build a bone between both of you. To build the confidence and trust in your pup, you could enrich her activities and complete with her. Leash training
with treats and flying disc game
are the good options.
Thank you! I have heard it does depend on the puppy/dog as far as socializing goes. In my experience with ones I've come across personally, puppies are usually more prone to play, so having a puppy that really doesn't (strange dog or no) is different for me. For instance, there was one puppy in puppy class tonight that usually goes to their Tuesday night class. This lab puppy and Penny, according to our instructor who is also there for daycare, have played together a lot at daycare. But during class, she acted unsure of him and i would never have guessed they met before based on her reactions to him.
And it seems I come across more and more owners who look at me as if something is wrong with my puppy when she doesn't want to socialize and play around. 😕 As far as barking at the class instructor, she was standing in front of me, tail I believe was still (cannot remember if it was in the neutral position), and she was staring right at him, barking. It did not sound like her usual play barking, but it also didn't sound or look aggressive either.
I will definitely try your suggestions. Unfortunately our soon to be 6 year old lab is a rescue, which means she came with some baggage.... She is very reactive, and is very hard to walk on a leash. We are working with her on this, and its showing to be a slow process. She was 5 when we adopted her and she still hasnt shown much improvement.
Penny has not seen her behave this way as we walk them separately. I don't want Penny learning that behavior. Our little chihuahua is fine, so we can walk them together.
I have no issues with Penny being cautious with dogs and people she doesn't know, but I don't want a future 70 to 80 pound dog pulling me around and lunging for people or other dogs (she does not do this when out walking around or when I take her places). She is actually just very calm. Wouldnt know she was a puppy except her size.