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    Most of you are probably aware of Bella's problem with excessive barking at other dogs. She's been going pretty well lately, but now we've finished school and we won't be starting advanced class until mid-late April and I'm worried she's going to go backwards.

    None of my friends really have dogs (in Melbourne anyway), so playing with them is out. We go to the dog park weekly, but that tends to be hit & miss - she'll rarely play with the other dogs, and because it's such an "excited" environment, she just gets more wound up sometimes.

    We go to "playgroup" for small dogs, which is great - last weekend she actually left my side and went running around by herself and actually went up to the other dogs & people. But playgroup is only once a month.

    When we go home we'll be seeing lots of friends and family, many of whom have dogs (including my parents, who we'll be staying with) and I want her to be able to get along with them.

    I don't know what to do - she needs weekly interaction with other dogs in a good environment. Where do I find that?

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    What about getting into contact with someone from the playgroup and organise a date or sometime to meet up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    Most of you are probably aware of Bella's problem with excessive barking at other dogs. She's been going pretty well lately, but now we've finished school and we won't be starting advanced class until mid-late April and I'm worried she's going to go backwards.

    None of my friends really have dogs (in Melbourne anyway), so playing with them is out. We go to the dog park weekly, but that tends to be hit & miss - she'll rarely play with the other dogs, and because it's such an "excited" environment, she just gets more wound up sometimes.

    We go to "playgroup" for small dogs, which is great - last weekend she actually left my side and went running around by herself and actually went up to the other dogs & people. But playgroup is only once a month.

    When we go home we'll be seeing lots of friends and family, many of whom have dogs (including my parents, who we'll be staying with) and I want her to be able to get along with them.

    I don't know what to do - she needs weekly interaction with other dogs in a good environment. Where do I find that?
    Maybe you need to talk to some people from the dog park or from playgroup and form a little social group that meets weekly with dogs so Miss Bella can socialise!

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    We don't have playgroup until after Easter now, but I probably will ask around when we go next time. I don't know anyone though and I can be a bit shy when it comes to asking things like that I might have a chat to Nicole (trainer) about it at playgroup next time, see if she can recommend any suitable doggies!

    The dog park... I never usually see the same people twice! We do see a man with a French Bulldog (he's so cool!) a fair bit, and Bella is getting pretty good with him now. There's another lady there quite frequently with a Dalmation, but we won't go in the park until she leaves, as she pays no bloody attention to the Dalmation - the Dalmation that has bitten both Charlie and Bella, might I add. I also find with a lot of the people at the park that they (the people themselves) don't have a good enough attitude for me - their attitude tends to be "she's only small, she can't hurt anything, she'll be right don't worry about it", which is just not good enough, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    Most of you are probably aware of Bella's problem with excessive barking at other dogs. She's been going pretty well lately, but now we've finished school and we won't be starting advanced class until mid-late April and I'm worried she's going to go backwards.

    None of my friends really have dogs (in Melbourne anyway), so playing with them is out. We go to the dog park weekly, but that tends to be hit & miss - she'll rarely play with the other dogs, and because it's such an "excited" environment, she just gets more wound up sometimes.

    We go to "playgroup" for small dogs, which is great - last weekend she actually left my side and went running around by herself and actually went up to the other dogs & people. But playgroup is only once a month.

    When we go home we'll be seeing lots of friends and family, many of whom have dogs (including my parents, who we'll be staying with) and I want her to be able to get along with them.

    I don't know what to do - she needs weekly interaction with other dogs in a good environment. Where do I find that?
    Actually no, I wasn't aware of that. How could I have missed that???

    TBH, I really think too much emphasis is placed on socialising dogs. Don't get me wrong, I am very aware that early socialisation (and continued socialisation of some sort) is imperative to a dog being 'dog and ppl friendly.'

    But seriously, nowdays I read and hear stuff about ppl who think their puppy must meet 100 ppl in the first few months of it's life, must meet with other dogs every other day or weekly at least... .

    What happened to the well-behaved dogs of decades past who mightn't be in contact with another dog for months on end, yet when they do all is fine.
    I don't know, it just seems to me like this whole socialisation thing is getting a wee bit over the top.

    I have been in positions in the past where my dogs saw other dogs weekly at times. Sometimes my dogs didn't see other dogs for ages! But there was no difference. They were dogs who behaved, had a great temperament, were well trained and never caused me a scerrick of trouble re other dogs.

    I'v been informed that Logan is quite dog-friendly, but has met the odd bitch who she doesn't like. (I can relate to that. )
    It will be nice if the breeder's opinion is correct, but who can tell until she is here and I've assessed her dog-friendliness myself.

    I wouldn't worry yourself too much about it C&B.

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    Oh, just saw your previous post.

    Have you considered that these off leash dog parks can often be the cause of a dog's socialisation problems/fears etc?

    Food for thought?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Actually no, I wasn't aware of that. How could I have missed that???

    TBH, I really think too much emphasis is placed on socialising dogs. Don't get me wrong, I am very aware that early socialisation (and continued socialisation of some sort) is imperative to a dog being 'dog and ppl friendly.'

    But seriously, nowdays I read and hear stuff about ppl who think their puppy must meet 100 ppl in the first few months of it's life, must meet with other dogs every other day or weekly at least... .

    What happened to the well-behaved dogs of decades past who mightn't be in contact with another dog for months on end, yet when they do all is fine.
    I don't know, it just seems to me like this whole socialisation thing is getting a wee bit over the top.

    I have been in positions in the past where my dogs saw other dogs weekly at times. Sometimes my dogs didn't see other dogs for ages! But there was no difference. They were dogs who behaved, had a great temperament, were well trained and never caused me a scerrick of trouble re other dogs.

    I'v been informed that Logan is quite dog-friendly, but has met the odd bitch who she doesn't like. (I can relate to that. )
    It will be nice if the breeder's opinion is correct, but who can tell until she is here and I've assessed her dog-friendliness myself.

    I wouldn't worry yourself too much about it C&B.
    All I want is for her to be able to see another dog without practically giving herself a stroke!! Both the vet and the trainer have assessed her and say she's over- excited and nervous (intimidated). She's not aggressive (phew!) but if a strange dog gets too in her face she does freak out a bit. She's especially nervous around big dogs (size issues, I assume!). She's quite good if the dog (any dog) is really quiet and doesn't pay her much attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Oh, just saw your previous post.

    Have you considered that these off leash dog parks can often be the cause of a dog's socialisation problems/fears etc?

    Food for thought?
    She was worse before we started going there! We tend to stay away from the other dogs at the park anyway (ok, well Bella does. Charlie joins in, but Miss Velcro stays near me). If there are especially over-excited or dogs that seem untrained or who's owners aren't paying any attention then both dogs must stay away from them.

    ETA: We are probably going to have a break from the dog park for a couple of weeks though.

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    So has she met your parents dogs before on any trips down here? I assume not. How are you going to handle the introduction? What breeds of dogs do your parents and friends own here?

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    They've never met, as this is C&B's first trip. Lucy is a Maltese x Lhasa Apso and is 8 years old. She's a sweetie. We're staying with MIL for a couple of days first, so I thought we'd go and meet up with mum and Lucy on their nightly walk for the first intro. I am a tad worried about jealousy, but I'll see how it goes.

    mum & dads NDN have a little Malt x Shih as well, some other friends have a toy poodle, and other friends have an Aussie Bulldog and a Dachshoud!

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