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Puppy play at dog training centre Merthyr??

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by mum2three, May 23, 2010.

  1. mum2three

    mum2three PetForums Junior

    Jan 5, 2010
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    I've started taking my 7month pup to an obedience training club. He very excitable around dogs and wants badly to go play with the dogs in the class (have the same problem when we are out). One of the trainers mentioned that a trainng centre near me in Merthyr Tydfil (not sure if I'm allowed to mention the name??) do a puppy play session where the dogs can be off lead together. Does anyone know any more about this, like how much it costs and what happens. He desprate to play and I thought if I could let him off in a controlled way once a week it might help him calm down. His doggy manners are not great either. He can great lovely with a sniff around both ends but then when he gets excited he tends to start jumping about and putting his paws on them, and lots of dogs particularly older dogs tell him off for that (should mention, he doesn't go off the lead, before someone tells me off for letting him loose to jump over dogs). His reaction to being told off is nothing really. He has been pinned down once and had a severe telling off by a much older dog (was off the lead at the time) which made him yelp but after he was as dull as ever and still wanting to play:confused:.

    Not sure if I should keep on letting him have a sniff and walking off when he gets over excited or if I should keep him away from other dogs till he calms. Maybe this free play class help???

    Any thoughts on this welcome:thumbup:
  2. hutch6

    hutch6 PetForums VIP

    May 9, 2008
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    Dog socialisation classes are great for this type of thing - teaching manners.

    Try as we may we just can't tell a dog how to be a dog with another dog. Dogs are perfect for this so allowing him to play, interact and learn social skills with other dogs is only ever a good thing.

    Sure he'll get told off by other dogs but he has to learn from that and work out what is acceptable an what isn't.

    If you get a pup at 8weeks then it hasn't really had a great amount of time to interact with other dogs other than littermates and mum. You then take it home in a species starved environment (if you don;t have another dog) and have to wait a further few weeks until it has had its jabs and can play with other dogs. Some owners try too much to protect their little pups from bigger dogs through fear they could get damaged which is a possibility but if you choose your playmates wisely - ask the owner what their dog is like with other dogs - then they can start to develop social skills. IF you keep the pup away from other dogs then you run the risk of teaching the dog other dogs are a bad thing which can lead to dog-dog aggression, the dog never learns how to socialise correctly with other dogs which can lead to a dog growing up which is rude and causes a reaction form the first dog it meets and then develops a fear of other dogs or you get a dog that will not focus when other dogs are around as it wants to meet another member of its species.

    My advice would eb to go along and let your dog have a good old romp around with other dogs, learn some social skills, have a good sniff and then after the class take it somewhere and do a 5-10min training session.

    This allows the dog to be a dog but when you say so it is time to pay attention.

    If your dog comes over to you during the socialisation session then praise it, treat it and then give it the best treat in the world by sending it back into the scrum to play some more. Don't try and recall your dog though as you will be wasting your breath and teaching the dog to ignore the noises you are making. Just treat and release each time it comes back to you during the session. At the end of the session clamly gather your exhausted pup and immediately take it out of the area. If you stand about with it on the lead then it still has access to other dogs and will be rewarded time and time again for pulling on the lead to get to other dogs. Go straight to the car and calmly settle it in before returning for a chin wag or whatever.

    I would highly recommend you go and give your dog the wonderful chance to be a dog and mix with it's own kind.
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