My female GIANT SCHNAUZER is now 4 months old. She is already crate trained, house broken, and walks nicely on a leash.When someone comes to the door she does bark ,but once the person is welcomed into the house she is fine with them.The problem is when i walk her around crowded areas she is very nervous with so many people walking in every direction.Is this normal, and what can i do to get her used to busy areas?
Enroll in a puppy socializing class. This will put her around lots of other people and dogs. Also, take her for walks (leashed) in town, or in parks where there are other people and dogs. Even if she is nervous...as long as you have control of her. The more you have her around strange people and dogs, the more she will adapt to strangers. Good luck - they are a great breed of dog!
Obedience school would be a good thing to enroll your puppy in. She will be socialized with other puppies and will also learn basic obedience. Most pet stores let you take your puppy inside which is also good for socialization. Socialization just doesn't mean that they will socialize with other dogs, they will also meet lots of people too. Some people who take their puppies or dogs to puppy school or basic obedience stop there because they feel their dog is properly trained. Even if they are trained don't stop there - there is advanced and novice obedience training too. Plus you can involved yourself and your dog in agility. This is a great way to keep your dog active. We just enrolled our 14 week old boxer in puppy school which starts March 15. We are looking forward to getting started with her in training.
The most important is to keep doing it, the more exposure the better. But don't cuddle her when she's nervous, act calmly and she will take cues from you. Praise her when she is behaveing calmly while walking through crowds. Have her focas on something like a treat in your hand when a crowded/ busy crowd/area/loud noises.
Thanks for all of your responses. I think i will look into getting her involved in agility in the near future. As far as obedience school, i must brag about her and tell you that she already knows sit, stay, come, and heel. I got her 7 weeks ago when she was 13 weeks. It took her less than a week to housebreak, besides twice so far that she had an accident. I am loving dog ownership again after 15 years without a dog. I also like that there are places like this to coversate and hear other peoples opionions and advise.l