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    Yep. I've talked to other people and they say that through puppy hood their dogs were just like Dora, but when I look at their dogs, they couldn't be friendlier. I still have some hope for Dora

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    Definitely persist with puppy preschool, and I would suggest going on to an obedience or dog training club that has puppy classes as well. That's about the limitation of my help I'm afraid, but I have seen puppies who as they grow get more confident around other dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    Definitely persist with puppy preschool, and I would suggest going on to an obedience or dog training club that has puppy classes as well. That's about the limitation of my help I'm afraid, but I have seen puppies who as they grow get more confident around other dogs.
    Yep. We're gonna take her to obed. class once it opens, there's a very good one in Sutherland
    As for puppy classes... well, fingers crossed she warms up to them.

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    When we first to Sumo to puppy pre-school...he was NOT happy. He was sitting under the chair...shaking like mad. At the second visit...he warmed up and ventured out amongst the other pups and by 3rd visit...he was jumping around like a mad chook

    Advice...when she is under the chair...being scared etc...try not to emphasise the behaviour by patting her and saying she'll be ok...it will make it worse. Persist in going to school with her

    As for the "aggression" issues...this needs to be dealt with by a trainer/behaviourist, so it is done properly. DO NOT put her in situations where she can "rehearse/practice" this behaviour without have a professional there...if you get my drift. It doesn't take long for a dog to pick up a "bad" behaviour, but it takes a long time to eliminate it again.

    Do your homework regarding the Tenter...read up on information from breeders...clubs etc.

    Attend obedience training and start the NILIF with her

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    When we first to Sumo to puppy pre-school...he was NOT happy. He was sitting under the chair...shaking like mad. At the second visit...he warmed up and ventured out amongst the other pups and by 3rd visit...he was jumping around like a mad chook

    Advice...when she is under the chair...being scared etc...try not to emphasise the behaviour by patting her and saying she'll be ok...it will make it worse. Persist in going to school with her

    As for the "aggression" issues...this needs to be dealt with by a trainer/behaviourist, so it is done properly. DO NOT put her in situations where she can "rehearse/practice" this behaviour without have a professional there...if you get my drift. It doesn't take long for a dog to pick up a "bad" behaviour, but it takes a long time to eliminate it again.

    Do your homework regarding the Tenter...read up on information from breeders...clubs etc.



    Attend obedience training and start the NILIF with her
    Yep. I didn't pat her or sympathise her while she was sitting under the chair. I just sat there, trying to stay calm.

    Yea, she's warmed up to the Daschund (is the spelling right?) really well, not growling at him at all. But, he is ten years old, and quite calm so that mighta helped

    PS. NILIF? What's that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    Yep. I didn't pat her or sympathise her while she was sitting under the chair. I just sat there, trying to stay calm.

    Yea, she's warmed up to the Daschund (is the spelling right?) really well, not growling at him at all. But, he is ten years old, and quite calm so that mighta helped

    PS. NILIF? What's that?
    Here is a link to the NILIF information I use. I found this to be the easiest to understand from the tonne of websites that have the same program just worded differently!

    Nothing in Life is Free

    NILIF means Nothing In Life Is Free.

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    Thanks I'll check it out now.

    Oh, this is quite good. I'm already using most of these techniques... and like they said on the site, I still shower Dora with attention... only when I initiate it, of course. I just ignore her if shes demanding attention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    Oh, this is quite good. I'm already using most of these techniques... and like they said on the site, I still shower Dora with attention... only when I initiate it, of course. I just ignore her if shes demanding attention.
    You will find what works for you, I definitely agree with Cleasanta about researching the Tenterfield Terrier further. It will give you a brilliant insight into what to expect when she gets older

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    I do not think this is a flame Thank you for the advice. I've being taking her for two short walks the last two days and she seems to respond well (two 10-15 minute walks). You're right, I was taking her out for too long. I don't mind her doing silly things, I only tell her "no" when she is doing something I do not want her to do when shes older, such as jumping on the furniture.
    I admit that I didn't do too much homework on Tenterfields before I got Dora. My parents chose the breed, and they said it seemed good and I wanted to look into it further but then we saw an ad for Dora and we fell in love.

    I want to ask you how you tell your dogs that it is not tolerated when they play bite and/or snarl at other dogs. When Dora sees another dog, she sometimes either runs forwards, trying to drag me with her, or cowers between my legs, snarling. I want to tell her that I dont like this behaviour but I'm not sure how.

    Clea, your advice was very helpful and I totally dont think you're having a go at me . I take her on a walk with the same dog, he doesn't have aggro issues unless another dog starts it. He's up to date on all his vaccs, too.

    I've enrolled her into puppy classes, but she didn't take too well to them. She sat under my chair, scared, and growled at any dog that came close. I'm not sure what to do about that.
    Also, about Cesar. The only method I take from him are the way I walk her (shes getting better!) and her waiting for her food. Also the doorway thing. But I'm not too bothered about that since she already knows that I go first and will sit and wait for me.
    Keep persisting with it Masha. Bella barked through the entire first lesson of puppy school and wouldn't go near any of the other puppies. Second lesson, she barked a for maybe 5 mins and started getting closer (but not all the way next to) the other puppies. Next lesson - not a peep and she happily went up to the other puppies on her own accord.

    Bella still has a long way to go - she still barks at other dogs, but once given a firm NO (sometimes several) she settles down. I want to enrol her and Charlie into the next step up in training (basic obedience I think it is) to get her back used to being around lots of other dogs. We would have done this immediately after puppy school but the money thief known as Christmas came along and wrecked my finances - and it's not cheap when you've got to enrol two dogs....

    As Cleasanta said, a lot of people will tell you it's "cute" or "funny" that your puppy is growling / barking - trust me I get it all the time "aww she thinks she's so big!" People even said it to me at puppy school (other owners, not the trainers!!!) It certainly won't be cute or funny when the little dog barks and growls at the wrong dog and comes off second best. Ignore these people!!!! Just smile politely and walk Dora away.

    Most of all, just do as you've been doing - staying calm. Don't let it frustrate you, be patient and she'll get there Trust me, I completely sympathise with you on this subject as I'm going through it myself. Good luck

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