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    I just took Poppy out for a walk! We only went for a short stroll (about 15mins) and also met the neighbours!

    My questions are...is it normal for Poppy to be scared of children? She loved the Dad who was out gardening with their 21 month old son. She went up to him and had a sniff and a pat but when the toddler approached her she freaked out! That would be the first child she has met so I suppose it is normal she is unsure of him. After chatting for 10 mins or so she had a sniff of the toddler and let him have a quick pat too! Should I be introducing her to more children? Could use the ones at school for this?!

    2...How do you train a dog to walk nicely on the lead? Not one side, other side, in between my legs, in front of me, behind me! Haha! Will I learn this at Puppy Preschool???

    Thanks!

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    There are a lot of methods for nice walking on the lead It really depends on if you want a formal heel as well as loose leash walking or you just want Poppy to stay at your side when you're walking. It does get covered a little at puppy school but you'll find it only touches on the topic (mine did) although if you decide to do further training (very much recommended) it will be far more comprehensive.

    I'd be afraid of children too! I think for Poppy the ones at school would be too much for her - inundating her with kids may only make her afraid of them even more, but one on one times (well supervised) with children would be good for her at the moment.

    When she's comfortable with one or two children then move on to more. It is normal for smaller dogs to be wary of kids, hell I am too

    Make sure you're not telling her "it's ok" and just ignore her when she's being silly and afraid. Praise her when she's displaying the behaviour that you want.

    Remember, get her out as much as possible and experiencing as much as possible. Even if you're just going for a quick drive to drop your partner off somewhere take her with you. The more you do now, the more you will be able to do with her when she's older!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    There are a lot of methods for nice walking on the lead It really depends on if you want a formal heel as well as loose leash walking or you just want Poppy to stay at your side when you're walking. It does get covered a little at puppy school but you'll find it only touches on the topic (mine did) although if you decide to do further training (very much recommended) it will be far more comprehensive.

    I'd be afraid of children too! I think for Poppy the ones at school would be too much for her - inundating her with kids may only make her afraid of them even more, but one on one times (well supervised) with children would be good for her at the moment.

    When she's comfortable with one or two children then move on to more. It is normal for smaller dogs to be wary of kids, hell I am too

    Make sure you're not telling her "it's ok" and just ignore her when she's being silly and afraid. Praise her when she's displaying the behaviour that you want.

    Remember, get her out as much as possible and experiencing as much as possible. Even if you're just going for a quick drive to drop your partner off somewhere take her with you. The more you do now, the more you will be able to do with her when she's older!
    Thanks Angela! I knew you would be in here to give me some great advice! I didn' reassure her at all. But did call her back to where I was standing when she tried to run away while still on the leash! Lol! I guess kids would be scary, especially a 21month old toddler. There movements would not be predictable and so I think that was what spooked Poppy the most!

    I told Kevin last night that we need to start taking her places with us so we will be doing that more! The reason I took her for a walk was to get her out and hopefully bump into some people/see the neghbourhood! Also I had NEVER seen her get so excited and panty until yesterday when her and Batty were playing so I want to try and get her excersising more! Will be a good excuse to get me excersising too! Haha!

    As for the walking on the lead I would be happy if she just walked next to me and stayed on ONE side! I was getting tripped up in the lead and so was she!

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    Do you have a clicker Amy?

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    Target sticks are good too. I use a tv aireal(sp). The cheap ones from the $2 shop. Brake one off and put a treat on the end then get puppy to focus on that.
    Another way is if you have another dog that already knows how to lead, thread puppies lead through the otherdogs collar and they can help you train them. I have trained Cynda and Phina this way with the help of Kimba. I do that for about a couple of minutes each training session and when they get the hang of it, you can train them by themself.

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    Hi Amy86

    Any sensible dog should be wary of small children. Small children seem to go straight for a dog's eyes. Nice shiny black things.

    Frosty and I met two with their mum on the linear park bikeway this morning. It was clear to me the kiddies couldn't decide if they wanted to pat Frosty or run away screaming and we were going faster than them so I needed to get past.

    I stopped Frosty and invited them to give her a pat, which they did nicely and then the little boy started making fast flicking motions with his hands. And I and his mum told him off - gently. And he said sorry. But then he did it again. Fortunately for me - Frosty ignored him. But it takes practice to get your dog to a point where she will trust you will protect her from naughty children.

    So I would try to get Poppy to meet one or two children at a time - as often as possible - between once a week and once a day should be enough. If you do get a bit too close to a school and they all want a pat, tell them to take turns and only two at a time and supervise, ie you should be closest to Molly and directing action. Tell the kids to move slowly and pat on the tummy or chest, not the head. And any kid that starts poking or doing quick movements loses patting time. I usally have Frosty sit or upside down for this so she can't easily snap. Not that she's ever tried to snap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    Do you have a clicker Amy?
    Since I don't know what one is...I'm guessing I don't! What are they? How do they work?

    Quote Originally Posted by hemanakah View Post
    Target sticks are good too. I use a tv aireal(sp). The cheap ones from the $2 shop. Brake one off and put a treat on the end then get puppy to focus on that.
    Another way is if you have another dog that already knows how to lead, thread puppies lead through the otherdogs collar and they can help you train them. I have trained Cynda and Phina this way with the help of Kimba. I do that for about a couple of minutes each training session and when they get the hang of it, you can train them by themself.
    I wish I did have another dog to teach Poppy...but I don't.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Hi Amy86

    Any sensible dog should be wary of small children. Small children seem to go straight for a dog's eyes. Nice shiny black things.

    Frosty and I met two with their mum on the linear park bikeway this morning. It was clear to me the kiddies couldn't decide if they wanted to pat Frosty or run away screaming and we were going faster than them so I needed to get past.

    I stopped Frosty and invited them to give her a pat, which they did nicely and then the little boy started making fast flicking motions with his hands. And I and his mum told him off - gently. And he said sorry. But then he did it again. Fortunately for me - Frosty ignored him. But it takes practice to get your dog to a point where she will trust you will protect her from naughty children.

    So I would try to get Poppy to meet one or two children at a time - as often as possible - between once a week and once a day should be enough. If you do get a bit too close to a school and they all want a pat, tell them to take turns and only two at a time and supervise, ie you should be closest to Molly and directing action. Tell the kids to move slowly and pat on the tummy or chest, not the head. And any kid that starts poking or doing quick movements loses patting time. I usally have Frosty sit or upside down for this so she can't easily snap. Not that she's ever tried to snap.
    Thanks for the advice! Maybe one afternoon when I know there won't been too many kids left I will take her into school...or else we will just keep walking around the neighbourhood and hope to bump into other kids. There seems to be a lot around here and not too many other dogs so thats good...dont have to worry about bumping into doggy's that are rude or unhealthy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amy86 View Post
    Since I don't know what one is...I'm guessing I don't! What are they? How do they work?

    Thanks for the advice! Maybe one afternoon when I know there won't been too many kids left I will take her into school...or else we will just keep walking around the neighbourhood and hope to bump into other kids. There seems to be a lot around here and not too many other dogs so thats good...dont have to worry about bumping into doggy's that are rude or unhealthy!
    I have a spare here. I'll give it to you this coming weekend and give you a couple of quick lessons on how to use it. It's a very effective marking tool that makes training a lot more fun for both you and the dog

    There are always the kids around here, I can get them to come and meet her - there are some younger kids than the ones you saw who are very gentle and quiet. Batty just turns into wiggle bum monster every time he see's anyone - whether they are interested in him or not!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    I have a spare here. I'll give it to you this coming weekend and give you a couple of quick lessons on how to use it. It's a very effective marking tool that makes training a lot more fun for both you and the dog

    There are always the kids around here, I can get them to come and meet her - there are some younger kids than the ones you saw who are very gentle and quiet. Batty just turns into wiggle bum monster every time he see's anyone - whether they are interested in him or not!
    Oooh! Thanks SO much! I look forward to it! Can't wait for our puppy playdate!

    Any tips on the lead walking to get me through this week? I was going to start taking her for short walks each morning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amy86 View Post
    Oooh! Thanks SO much! I look forward to it! Can't wait for our puppy playdate!

    Any tips on the lead walking to get me through this week? I was going to start taking her for short walks each morning?
    Baby steps

    Take some treats with you, and walk one or two steps talking to her and encouraging her to stay next to you. Pause and treat every couple of steps. Then start adding an extra step or two in and continue like that.

    It takes time but it is worth it in the end. Batty is good until there is someone else in front of him... Then he's the wiggle butt but he doesn't actually pull that much on the lead.

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