Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Chesapeake, VA...but longing for CO
Socializing an older dog**I am open to ALL suggestions**
Scarlett KNOWS all the commands and when we go for a walk, she is a stellar performer...BUT when we are in a "social" situation, she is HORRIBLE! I know this is MY fault, but I am not sure what steps I need to do to correct the behaviours.
1-She pulls horribly at the leash...digging her feet in, gagging against the collar, dragging me along with her. She suddenly becomes deaf to all commands and will not stop.
2-She gives the warning WOOF WOOF WOOF to about 1/2 of the people who approach us. This is clearly not acceptable in a social environment. We are trying to be a therapy dog team. It was a disaster at the hospital yesterday. I should have known. She was horrible at the car dealer, the pet store, walking around a strip mall...
SO...any suggestions?? I can use the training collar to train her, but I am not permitted to use it in a therapy setting. I need her to be TRAINED.
I think that she really is poorly socialized and that is my fault. I work and act as shuttle bus for my very busy daughter, but I should be able to get my act together more now and get Scarlett to behave...but I am just not sure which steps to follow and how to address the issues.
Scarlett WGSD 2/07 CGC TDI(retired)
Paige Husky/GSD mix 2/95-12/08
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