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For all those who have read my previous posts, Alex had her first group obedience session last night and she did really well. She acted up when we first got there but soon calmed down. She is somewhat people aggressive and highly other dog aggressive and as the night went on she did great. The trainer had everyone in the class walk Alex and she got to know the people walking her and did really really well and followed their commands. She did great around all the other GSD's and only grumbled a hand full of times so that was major progress in my book.

It was really nice to have her around other GSD people who can understand my situation and her situation who didnt shun me. I was relaxed and i think therefore alex was relaxed. At the end of the night she kinda made her a little buddy and was actually cuddled up next to a male 9 mo. old GSD named Paco i think.


But we are goin again tomorrow night and there will be more dogs for her to get to know and this weekend im either goin to take her to pet adoption day or the national park and go hiking w/ her. Dunno yet.
 

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Hello! Glad to hear that things went well for you.

I have a reactive dog and have felt how you felt at different places as well. I'm taking an agility class right now and the trainer pointed out Gracie's reactivity on the first night. Just let everyone know that she just needed a bigger space bubble than other dogs. It relaxed me immediately and allowed us to focus and have FUN!

There are 2 other people in class who also have reactive dogs (not the ones they bring to my class) and have bene helping me with Gracie.

So when you say that you are around people who understand your situation and don't shun you...I GET IT!!! Sounds like you found a great support system there and that will be so valuable as you continue your training efforts with Alex.

Lu
 

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Originally Posted By: luanneHello! Glad to hear that things went well for you.

I have a reactive dog and have felt how you felt at different places as well. I'm taking an agility class right now and the trainer pointed out Gracie's reactivity on the first night. Just let everyone know that she just needed a bigger space bubble than other dogs. It relaxed me immediately and allowed us to focus and have FUN!

There are 2 other people in class who also have reactive dogs (not the ones they bring to my class) and have bene helping me with Gracie.

So when you say that you are around people who understand your situation and don't shun you...I GET IT!!! Sounds like you found a great support system there and that will be so valuable as you continue your training efforts with Alex.

Lu
Yea no doubt, these people were great and i was relaxed. People might not realize but you and your dog compliment one anothers personality. Ive been told many a times me and alex are just teh same with our temperments its not even funny. When she is happy im happy, im sad shes sad, when im worked up she's worked up. And i was calm around this group of people and she was too. Very little corrections and what i did were not very severe.

BTW, what is agility? Is that where you take dumbbells and the dog jumps hurdels? They did a bit of that last night, dunno what it was tho. But all i know is alex wanted to join in!
 

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I am so glad that you both had a positive experience.
 

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Go check out the agility section of this website!!!! I *think* you want to wait to do real jumps until Alex is 18 months old. But that will give you plenty of time to work on obedience and her reactive/aggressive issues. It does wonders for their confidence which from what I've read of your posts, might help!

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Originally Posted By: luanneGo check out the agility section of this website!!!! I *think* you want to wait to do real jumps until Alex is 18 months old. But that will give you plenty of time to work on obedience and her reactive/aggressive issues. It does wonders for their confidence which from what I've read of your posts, might help!

Lu
awesome! yea i think alex has some confidence issues so i will give that a shot and read up on it..
 
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