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    I can see where you're coming from DA, but also why C&B has concerns. I wouldn't try to push Bella into socialisation, if you meet other dogs then deal with it at the time. Also remember that if YOU are expecting her to go off at other dogs then SHE will pick up on your anxiety and body language. While you wait for the next classes to start just enjoy taking them for walks, they don't HAVE to socialise with every dog they meet along the way. I think the classes will be the best way for Bella to socialise as she will be supervised by a trainer.

    Way back in the dark ages when I only had 1 or 2 dogs, I have to admit I never made any effort to socialise them - if we met a dog out on our walk I'd see how they reacted, if it was good then they got to say hello and have a play, if it wasn't good then we'd move away. I don't know if it's because I didn't stress over things, but we rarely had problems. At least I don't remember any...lol

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    Ah, so they're all smallish dogs which I'm thinking won't intimidate Bella anywhere near as much as a large dog would. Well hopefully they won't, and it will all go sweet for you. Positive thinking works. Lol.

    Out of curiosity, what do you do when she freaks and becomes all skittish and nervous around other dogs?

    Do you want to use Logan as a test when you are here, or would you prefer not to? Bear in mind she's only arriving a few days before you, and if I feel there could be anything amiss with her reaction to other dogs, then I'd certainly let you know immediately.

    I leave that up to your discretion C&B and will understand totally whichever decision you make. Logan is not a large bitch for GSD standards, but to Bella I realise she may seem huge.

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    You know it's funny... we learnt the proper way to greet other dogs in class - quick sniff if they're interested, then move on - and she did it perfectly in class. She's fine with other dogs once she gets to know them. Perhaps she's just shy

    If we bump in to other dogs (I don't go out of my way to do it) we let Charlie meet them first, as he just wants to be everyone's friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    I can see where you're coming from DA, but also why C&B has concerns. I wouldn't try to push Bella into socialisation, if you meet other dogs then deal with it at the time. Also remember that if YOU are expecting her to go off at other dogs then SHE will pick up on your anxiety and body language. While you wait for the next classes to start just enjoy taking them for walks, they don't HAVE to socialise with every dog they meet along the way. I think the classes will be the best way for Bella to socialise as she will be supervised by a trainer.

    Way back in the dark ages when I only had 1 or 2 dogs, I have to admit I never made any effort to socialise them - if we met a dog out on our walk I'd see how they reacted, if it was good then they got to say hello and have a play, if it wasn't good then we'd move away. I don't know if it's because I didn't stress over things, but we rarely had problems. At least I don't remember any...lol
    Aw gosh Grey's, you always say it so much better. If I'm nervous I hate being pushed into a situation. Like to do it in my own time as I come across it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Ah, so they're all smallish dogs which I'm thinking won't intimidate Bella anywhere near as much as a large dog would. Well hopefully they won't, and it will all go sweet for you. Positive thinking works. Lol.

    Out of curiosity, what do you do when she freaks and becomes all skittish and nervous around other dogs?

    Do you want to use Logan as a test when you are here, or would you prefer not to? Bear in mind she's only arriving a few days before you, and if I feel there could be anything amiss with her reaction to other dogs, then I'd certainly let you know immediately.

    I leave that up to your discretion C&B and will understand totally whichever decision you make. Logan is not a large bitch for GSD standards, but to Bella I realise she may seem huge.
    Perhaps we'll decide closer to the time, after you've gotten to know lovely Logan a bit? Haha Bella actually met a husky at the park once (it was enormous - 52kgs!) and she didn't go toooo bad with it. The husky did, ah, accidentally step on her though, which got a bit of a squeal out of her!

    I do try to keep calm (it's very hard at times) and I usually take her away - we turn around and walk away, wait a min (I usually try and get her to do a sit or something as well), then turn and go back. This goes on until she's quiet. If she started in class at a new, unfamiliar dog I was told to turn her around and make her look the other way, then turn her back.

    Our trainer also made me pick her up when she was getting really overwhelmed, such as when we were waiting outside the playgroup location for it to open - there were about 15 dogs there, or when our class finished and the other class was waiting outside. It does work, but I kind of feel like I'm encouraging her by doing this?

    Then again it's better than what the woman at puppy school (separate school!) did to her and wanted me to do - yell at her and yank Bella's lead so hard it lifts her off her feet

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    LOL and there's me thinking I never make sense!

    C&B, one last thing I wanted to add....when you do take the puppets out for a walk or to the park, don't forget that while in some ways it's a training exercise every time, the main purpose is for all of you to enjoy each other's company! Have FUN! ENJOY it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Aw gosh Grey's, you always say it so much better. If I'm nervous I hate being pushed into a situation. Like to do it in my own time as I come across it.
    Me too. I don't want to force her, I just wish.... I don't know... that I had access to people with nice calm dogs who understand what she needs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    LOL and there's me thinking I never make sense!

    C&B, one last thing I wanted to add....when you do take the puppets out for a walk or to the park, don't forget that while in some ways it's a training exercise every time, the main purpose is for all of you to enjoy each other's company! Have FUN! ENJOY it!
    Oh we do, lol don't you worry! I love it, I get to run around like a lunatic too after being cooped up in an office all week! Our nightly walks help me relax after work, and we've been ending them with a run around the local park (soccer ground). We stay on lead in that park because it's not fully fenced... I can't run with Charlie because he's faster than me!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    Perhaps we'll decide closer to the time, after you've gotten to know lovely Logan a bit? Haha Bella actually met a husky at the park once (it was enormous - 52kgs!) and she didn't go toooo bad with it. The husky did, ah, accidentally step on her though, which got a bit of a squeal out of her!

    I do try to keep calm (it's very hard at times) and I usually take her away - we turn around and walk away, wait a min (I usually try and get her to do a sit or something as well), then turn and go back. This goes on until she's quiet. If she started in class at a new, unfamiliar dog I was told to turn her around and make her look the other way, then turn her back.

    Our trainer also made me pick her up when she was getting really overwhelmed
    , such as when we were waiting outside the playgroup location for it to open - there were about 15 dogs there, or when our class finished and the other class was waiting outside. It does work, but I kind of feel like I'm encouraging her by doing this?

    Then again it's better than what the woman at puppy school (separate school!) did to her and wanted me to do - yell at her and yank Bella's lead so hard it lifts her off her feet
    Can see why you wouldn't be certain of that one. Not something I'd recommend, but hey...

    The other one - good grief. And hwat's that supposed to achieve. I'm seriously beginning to think that many of today's canine behavioural problems stem from trainers, not just owners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Can see why you wouldn't be certain of that one. Not something I'd recommend, but hey...

    The other one - good grief. And hwat's that supposed to achieve. I'm seriously beginning to think that many of today's canine behavioural problems stem from trainers, not just owners.
    I know! She didn't want me to do a slight re-directional tug - it was a full on yank. Hmm.... encouraging us to forcefully yanking the neck of an extremely small 16 week old pup.... can you see why we didn't go back to that school for obedience?!

    OT for a sec - I'm quietly PML, OH and Bella are both asleep on the couch - in the exact same position! It looks SO funny!

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