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Over-excited, out of control around other dogs
5 month Gemma is a great puppy in so many ways - she's solidly house-trained, sleeps all night, licks instead of mouthing or biting, has all the basic puppy commands (sit, drop, watch, stand etc), waits for her meals and before going through doors, and is well on the way to loose-leash walking (progressed to short strolls up and down our street). She gets plenty of exercise - we have beach run every morning, and play fetch in the yard with a ball.
Her problem/weakness/issue is other dogs. At puppy class she spends the whole lesson struggling to get away from me to get to the other dogs - the trainer says she's just a puppy and it's normal to be distracted. But nothing gets her attention when she's in this state - she won't listen to me and she has zero interest in treats or toys. When I try to get her to sit and watch she doesn't even notice I'm there. I spend the whole time restraining her by her collar - no fun for either of us.
When she is allowed to interact with the other puppies in the socialisation time at the end of the lesson, she jumps all over the other dogs - which is ok for Nina the Mastiff and Max the German Shepherd, but not ok for little Molly the Jack Russell, Oscar the mini Goldendoodle and Ollie the younger Golden who all wet themselves when she starts her jumping.
I need some strategies to get her to calm down and listen when other dogs are about.
Last edited by Bellbird; 05-21-2019 at 06:39 PM.
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