So I have been avoiding Petco and the dog parks lately. I have been starting to walk Penny more around a local lake where other people go for jogs and walks. I am trying to work with her on being confident and being neutral when she sees people walking by or jogging by. I want her attention on me, and not other people.
My question is, when should I treat her while we are out on our walk? When she sees someone on our walk, she will stand and watch them. Pretty intently. She doesn't bark or growl (but then again I try and distract her, so I guess I never let her get to the point of barking). I believe (hard to tell as her hair is a little fluffy around her shoulder area) that also while standing there watching the people, her hackles near her shoulders are up too. I want to be sure I am treating the correct behavior, and not the wrong behavior. But if her hackles are up, I don't want to treat that response. Right? I want to treat calm responses. Correct?
We are still working on heel (she is way too eager still so its slow going, but we are slowly getting there). She will be 5 months old on the 18th and is 44.5 pounds 😊
(Picture on the right....She is not happy our ChiTzu has her bone) 😄