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    I always put Frosty on lead when I see toddlers - anywhere. I just can't predict what the toddler and their parents will do. They can be really savage.

    Every now and again Frosty freaks me out by acting very strange around men - mostly, or anyone that reaches out to her to say hello. Mostly she gives them the brush off, but sometimes she invites them to a game of chase - me which involves a lot of barking and darting in and out. Which may not go down well.

    Mostly we ignore joggers. Every now and again we chase one, especially if it sounds like a possum. So I try to catch her first or divert her attention away if it's a noisy bloke headed our way.

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    I've been doing a lot of 'look at that' around toddlers and small children as we know a few personally. Works well on and off the lead. Though I did not test her off-lead on the tiny toddler waddling past waving a big piece of bacon at nose height the other day!

    It is funny how dogs can suddenly react strangely around certain people or even with people they know in a specific situation. I've had that happen with my old dog and it always had me guessing "Was it because they wore a cap, had a beard, smelled funny?" Though in Frosty's case the criteria seem pretty clear: male and/or saying hello.

    I have consistently been calling Banjo away from joggers since I've had her. Though she has not shown them much interest anyway. She prefers people to stand still so she can hit the target more easily when she jumps up!

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    Some people - Frosty will run up to like long lost friends and roll over immediately for a tummy rub. They can be male and reaching out to her too.

    Mostly those people have their own dogs - so maybe that's why she thinks they are ok.

    The ones with out dogs - those are the ones she is most suspicious of.

    I think there are a bunch of criteria I don't know - because I can't predict who she will do what with.

    She always knows who is carrying food and outs them in most embarrasing ways (eg shoving her nose up their bum if I don't stop her).

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    Banjo can take a real shine to total strangers. You should have seen her with the tradie yesterday. You would think that he'd bottle fed her from birth the way she greeted him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Unfortunately ours only start every 3 months, I believe. And you cannot start in beginners if you missed the talk in the first session. Small town, small club. I could check the RSPCA ones, but they are way more expensive for what you get and a bit of a long drive.
    Which club? There are a few in Canberra, I am at BDOC whose sessions started last week. If you want to attend put your membership in now and you will get into the first session next year There are about 6 classes of beginners each session and I believe CDC has a similar amount.

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    Yes, it was BDOC. Their session times aren't ideal for us, but they are around the corner from us.

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    Dog training times never seem to be ideal for me but I am a sucker and still show up. At the moment I am there Tuesday nights, Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings... plus trialling... what's a weekend again?

    I wouldn't say that it's a small club, it's smaller than some, but there are around 400 members. And run by volunteers so different to private classes, I guess.

    Maybe I will see you there next year, my dog is pretty distinctive so come say hello if you manage to enrol.

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