I have a woman, walks her 2 toy poodles daily past my place. Occasionally, her husband will be walking them off leash, playing fetch the stick, in and around mine playing fetch the ball. All 4 dogs get on fine when he is walking them.
When she is walking them, different story. Yesterday, she sees my dogs are off leash and grabs a tiny fluff ball into her arms, but cant catch the other that is now barking AT me and my dogs. The one in her arms is biting at her face and hands to get down and making contact! (and she's cool with that, coz she thinks my rottie lookin pohm is going to tear them limb from limb).
I explain the dogs know each other, and are very friendly with each other, and the one you are holding is top dog. They have it sorted, my dogs wont hurt you/yours, please put your dog down. She's almost crying poor thing, she's terrirfied of pohm who is sat, waiting to go play with her mate. Bernie is led at my feet, oblivious to woman/dogs just waiting for the ball to reappear when ive finished gassing. Her loose toy poodle is biting at Bernies long hair, barking, play bowing, taking cheaky nips at him. All ignored by bernie as this is our pups behaviour.
I leashed my 2 dogs and left woman and her 2 breast fed babies alone in paddock.
My dogs are not getting enough dog to dog contact in our new area. Ive decided to do a return stint to dog training classes for access to lots of dogs of different sizes. GSD club is a slightly unsuitable place for this, as they either have puppy licence, or are same size.
Any suggestions of not breed specific classes in Melbourne anyone? Im in midwest area. I only want to go for a few weeks though. So large annual fee's up front are not for me. I just want exposure opportunity without freaked out scared of dogs humans.