The Agility Rocks! Moderator
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bushkill, PA (The Poconos!)
Re: Petsmart training?
I think for young puppies and socialization, as long as the other pups are about the same age, Petsmart is ideal.
But for the future training, I'd be keeping my eyes open for something with trainers with a bit more experience and background than normally found at Petsmart.
Just continue to bring your puppy out and about without completely overwhelming it. Bring lots of treats and toys for reassurance and comfort. And if you have to go slowly, use distance to get more puppy calm before pushing it in a situation that may be just a bit too much. You can't avoid scary stuff, but you also don't want to push the puppy into a frantic FREAK OUT with an overload of sensation. So while a loud siren on a police car driving past me on the sidewalk may be too much right now for a puppy, maybe if it's a street over the puppy will be just fine.
And don't necessarily reassure and baby a puppy when they are uncomfortable in a new situation, that can backfire and make the puppy think they were right and that WAS really terrifying. If instead we can igore the scary 'whatever' and go on like normal. Then the puppy will start thinking 'um, if Mom's ok then it must be ok and I'll just go sniff over here at this yummy old piece of gum'.
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