Whining at Petsmart (and other places)
I have a seven year old female GSD named Britney and we go to the dog park a lot. After about 30 mins at the park, she begins to whine. i assume it means she's nervous, possibly wanting to leave. I have ignored it and stayed for however long i want to stay and ignored the whining. She eventually stops.
I have tried the same thing in Petsmart, but this is more severe whining and ignoring them isnt enough. When we go in to get something, food, treats, whatever, she is nervous within 2 mins of being inside. Even when its very empty and there are hardly any people with other dogs, she whines and jumps around on the leash. I give her SIT commands, and she sits for a few seconds then starts whining again. I reward her with a pet if she sits when i ask. However it doesnt seem to distract her for long enough. How do i ease her anxiety here?
I don't want to refrain from taking her, because i feel she should be able to accompany me into places like this with no problem. I just dont know how to adjust her behavior. Any tips?
GSD Britney, Retired Clermont Police Dept 2008
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