My pup and I have started obedience classes. We are two classes into it and I am frustrated with another pet owner in the class. Whenever my pup who is two weeks older and about 1.5lbs heavier gets excited with the other puppy the owner pushes my pup away. I feel so frustrated. I have my pup there for socialization as well as obedience. Last night they BOTH got too excited and BOTH tried to assert thier dominance. I do admit my pup loves to play quite a bit and is easily excitable but not aggressive. When things got a little to heated the other owner said "IT WAS HER" alluding to the fact that my dog started it. (I know how silly) but this really upsets me. Should I say something to the trainer, the other pet owner or just ignore the situation. I like the trainer's plan so far but not sure if we will get out of the class what we need. a little advice from your experience will help...Kids were easyier..hahah
Wow. I started training about 3 weeks ago and my pup has yet to be able to socialize. I switched trainers. We start with a new on this Sat. Is there anyway that you can switch to another oneof your trainers class since it is another pet owner and not the trainer that you are having trouble with. I think with this kin f distraction it might be difficult to get out of it what you should. Sounds like the other owner needs to get over herself she is only hurting the puppy.
See if there are any other trainers in the area that allow the dogs to play.
When we start a new class with my trainer, ESPECIALLY puppy classes, the first thing we do when we get there is let them off leash to play for at least 10 minutes. Then we move onto business. For the older dogs they get playtime after class. Although mine and his friend will play during class lol.
Some people who come to obedience classes are more 'business like' than others, and they want their dogs to focus on them, not on other dogs at the class. Especially since they are paying money for the classes. If you're letting your dog get over excited as the class is going on to the point that she's pouncing other dogs in an attempt to play, it may be percieved that you don't have control of your dog and that she's not paying attention to you. I know when I did obedience classes, I did my best (as most other dog owners there did) to keep Riddick in 'my area' and away from the other dogs. Most people at that class wanted to focus on their dogs and the instructors, not on supervising puppy play time and keeping them out of dominance disputes.
Try to arrive at classes early for the socialization part, and as this particular owner thinks your dog is a little much for her dog, just keep your pup away from hers. Unless you two are the only 2 people at the class with dogs, there are probably other dogs yours can play with. Be sure to ask the owner sfirst before the class if they mind your dog playing a bit before class starts. If you two are the only two people at the class, then find other places to socialize your dog and just stick with the training part. Maybe a local dog-friendly park, or even a Petco/Petsmart. Also, if your dog is high energy/very excitable you may want to take her for a walk before the classes to try and burn down some energy and make her a little more focused on you.
I must admit I feel like she has adhd if there is such a thing for dogs. She is 13weeks. When she is at home she is very cooperative. She has had playtime with other dogs and we have not had a problem. I will admit I haven't been able to get to the class early to let her play a little extra but they do have 10 minutes before class. I am not sure if she is distracted with the other pups or if she is bored. She knows the commands we work on in class and doesn't seem to be interested in treats. The class is 6:30 in the evening. I get exhausted keeping her away from the pup. Like children they want what they cant have. There are sometimes 3-4 pups in the class. I kind of feel if she doesn't want the dog to socialize then she should have private lessons. She does this through the entire class even at playtime. Not only with my pup but even the smaller ones in class, but i can only speak for myself. Perhaps I should do private lessons for my dog and just take her to the park to socialize. Maybe she won't get so distracted. But I am afraid she won't learn to deal with distractions and follow my commands. HMMMM...... I wonder how i ever raised children to become adults. I guess I just don't remember the dilemma.
I don't disagree with the importance of socializing a pup. Maybe you could socialize it at a different time like during walks. you could ask friends and neighbours to greet you guys while you are out. Also maybe try sitting in a different spot in the class or seeing if the rainer has a barrier that they can put up to discourage the pup from wanting the other dog. Also try hotdogs cut up for treats, my three loved it. Just make sure the treats aren't too big of pieces.
***Edited By: ptlvr1986 on 10/26/2006 7:49:34 PM*** Reason: grammar
I can see an owner getting upset if they are trying to work on commands. A typical class for adult is not necessarily the best place for social interaction, becasue many of these dogs are adults and have behavioral problems at this point. Puppy classes are on the other hand when the socializing should take place, not in adult class where a dog could become a problem. Ask the trainer about any social classes she is putting on, or put together your own social group for play at your local park or leash free zone.This way you can single out freindly dogs to play togehter. You do not want your dog to play with another dog that has become aggressive because of fustration, because of the owners handleing skills.This could damage your dogs temperment.
Thanks for the suggestions. The hotdogs seem to work great, as well as carrots. I think ill use the hotdogs when she is having a hard time focusing. I also think I need to have her play instead of nap before class. Hope this works.