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    Tonight was Poppy's first Puppy Preschool class. OH was not so keen on the whole idea and offered to stay and clean the house up PLUS cook dinner so I took her myself. She was such a good girl in the car on the way there and back.

    Anyway we got there early and did the paper work. We saw the most adorable pei with it leg in plaster! It looked at Poppy with this longing in its eyes like it just wanted to play.

    Then the vet bought out her dog. I think it was a collie type dog. It was white with brown splotches and really cute. It was really interested in Poppy and Poppy wee'd herself, literally! She hid under the table and cryed like we were hurting her! (Angela - It was even worse than when she first me Batty! Like 100% worse!). Anyway the vet reassured Poppy "Its ok", I cringed and she took her dog back out the back.

    When the other people and puppies arrived (3 Labs, 1 siberian husky, 1 pug) Poppy was in her element! She waddled around greeting all the people and sniffing the puppies! She was totally in her "lets play" mode and unfrotunately most of these puppies were petrified of her.

    We went through the basic rules (No puppies on laps, speak up if we get uncomfortable with the type of play the puppies are engaging in, keep puppies on leads unless they are in a play session and then play sessions are for puppies to interact not us!).

    Then she alked about how puppies play and they had a play session. She let a few off at a time then decided to let them all off and they all got more confident! Poppy loved that she was bigger than 3 of the puppies there and took great advantage of jumping all over them! She loved the pug iin particular and he loved her too! Snorting and chasing eachother but the owner of the pug freaked out every time her dog ran or made a noise! I assured her that Poppy was just as scared last weekend when she met her first doggy friend!

    We then learn't how to teach sit and come (which I knew already) and it was good to know what I had been doing with the 'right' thing!

    Then we touched on toilet training, biting and jumping. The puppies had another play and we all went home!

    A lot of what the vet said I knew about but was nice to get the reassurance! Poppy had a ball with all the new people and puppies! She was FILTHY from running in the wet grass...I had to bath her when we got home! She is not asleep on the couch with us!

    Overall it was a great experience! And I have to say a big thanks to Angela's Gone Batty as I think our meeting on the weekend made puppy preschool a much more positive experience for Poppy and I!

    I was surprised to see a lab breeder there with one of her pups. Do breeders tend to do that? She talked about how they had taken their 12 week old pup to the class 4 weeks ago?

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    Very glad Batty could be of assistance! It's always a relief when they just go with the flow as opposed to being completely scared of everything!

    If she hasn't met any big dogs before then she will be scared of them when she first meets them Might have to see if I can get Rosie over here when Poppy is here if you like? Rosie is the Irish Setter, she was incredibly gentle with Batty too, if you don't want that to happen just let me know .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    Very glad Batty could be of assistance! It's always a relief when they just go with the flow as opposed to being completely scared of everything!

    If she hasn't met any big dogs before then she will be scared of them when she first meets them Might have to see if I can get Rosie over here when Poppy is here if you like? Rosie is the Irish Setter, she was incredibly gentle with Batty too, if you don't want that to happen just let me know .
    That sounds good! As long as she is fully vacc'd and you think its an okay time to introduce Poppy to something that she will find scary. I just remember you saying that she is about to go into the phase where EVERYTHING is VERY scary so as long as we won't scar her for life then lets go for it!

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    amy, sounds like the first class was a positive experience for Poppy, and for you too! It must be hard to not jump in to play with all those other cute pups, you'd have to tie me down to a chair!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    amy, sounds like the first class was a positive experience for Poppy, and for you too! It must be hard to not jump in to play with all those other cute pups, you'd have to tie me down to a chair!
    Yeh! It was hard! I got a pat of of the chocolate brown lab though! She was gorgeous! 9 weeks old and her name was Pudding! The 13 week old yellow lab was also called Pud! Haha!

    The Siberian Husky was SO anti social! It showed its teeth at Poppy before class when she went to sniff it. And then during the first pay session sat back!

    The pug was cute in a "only a face a mother could love" way! Haha!

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    We'll see how she goes on the day. If she goes straight into play mode then I'll go ahead and organise it. If she has a bit of a freak then I'll leave it for another time

    I can guarantee three things - Rosie is fully vaccinated (has to be to stay here same with every other adult dog), She will be gentle and will not hurt Poppy, and if there are any signs of problems from any angle it will be stopped immediately.

    The way I have always approached the "everything is very scary" phase is to show them it is ok. Sometimes I have had to pick them up and take them over to the item touching it and saying "see nothing to stress about, just relax". This way they have no permanent association that something is scary. Sometimes I'll laugh at Batty and say something like "you twit, it's just the broom" for example.

    Remember it took a little over an hour for Poppy to relax and start playing here, it will be much faster next time and it will continue to get faster too. Also remember that you are her leader and it is up to you to teach her there is nothing to worry about.

    Rosie is a regular visitor here, Poppy will be the first puppy to visit. Here in this house, visiting here there has been Odie the Rott (fully vacc'd and desexed), Bam the ACD x (FV & desexed), Rosie and her sister the pug Maddi (Both FV & desexed), Batty and Poppy. That's all, and that's in nearly one year. The yard has been treated with F10 after every visit - I've got to get some more, but I can almost guarantee that my home and yard are safe

    I meet every dog prior to them coming here and if there's anything wrong with the temperment they don't visit. I've turned away that many people it's not funny because of the lack of training or just because I don't click with the dogs. If I cannot trust the dog it doesn't come here, period. Same goes for the owners too.

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    Sounds like a great idea! I completely trust your judgement hence why I asked your advice! I also completely trust that you provide a 100% safe environment for all doggys that come to stay with you!

    I also have to say that I feel kinda special that you are happy to take Poppy! I appreciate that your picky with your house guests! Shows me that your in it for the love not the $$$

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