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    Re: Socializing

    Quote Originally Posted by trishkidd24 View Post
    @HugosMama - Thank you for sharing your experiences... It does help! I currently have a rescue dog who is 3 and afraid of everything!! (literally if the wind blows to hard he is skiddish) So we also work with him on his fears. I guess the only difference is the severity of their fears, Marg seems only startled by children, while my Murphy is petrified of everything.... Ha and thank you for following Marg in my posts... She is a comical little girl and it sounds like your Hugo is as well

    I am signing her up for obedience classes which run for 7 weeks. They not only work on obedience but give tips and pointers on all other things in raising a dog.... Ha I am afraid though, Marg has zero ambition for obedience training... she can sit.... that's about it. Anyone else experience obedience classes with Frenchies? I know Marg is food motivated so that will make it easier to get her interested but Im afraid she wont want to learn any of the basic commands?
    I did puppy training with Jax through Petsmart and let me just say, I have no idea whatsoever how he even "graduated." There was only 1 other puppy in class and Jax would not sit still at all during the instructions because all he wanted to do was play with the other dog. Jax is food motivated as well and did all of the commands when he knew he was going to get a treat. To this day, if he is not going to get a treat, he usually won't do any of the commands. I have read and heard many times that if you want an obedient dog, do not get a Frenchie...ha ha. I have thought about doing more training now that he is older and possibly doing private training so he won't be distracted by other dogs. My biggest thing is that I cannot let him off of the leash unless he is in a fenced yard because if there are other people or dogs around, I am pretty sure he would run off because he loves to socialize so I really need to get him to learn stay and come.

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    Re: Socializing

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    I did puppy training with Jax through Petsmart and let me just say, I have no idea whatsoever how he even "graduated." There was only 1 other puppy in class and Jax would not sit still at all during the instructions because all he wanted to do was play with the other dog. Jax is food motivated as well and did all of the commands when he knew he was going to get a treat. To this day, if he is not going to get a treat, he usually won't do any of the commands. I have read and heard many times that if you want an obedient dog, do not get a Frenchie...ha ha. I have thought about doing more training now that he is older and possibly doing private training so he won't be distracted by other dogs. My biggest thing is that I cannot let him off of the leash unless he is in a fenced yard because if there are other people or dogs around, I am pretty sure he would run off because he loves to socialize so I really need to get him to learn stay and come.
    Ha yes your story sounds similar as to what I think I will experience with Marg.... I am sure she will be more focused on other dogs and people and not really want to concentrate on the training. Oh well I guess it will be worth a shot! She is the farthest thing from obedient, but I am hoping the class with help with socializing, thats about it ha... Not going into this with too high expectations
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    Re: Socializing

    Yep, the training stories sound familiar! Hugo has also completed one round of puppy training classes with similar results to @Cbrugs! So far we have a "sit" and" down "(and sometimes a "leave"). It was so funny to see Hugo among all of the cattle dogs in his class! It was like he was a preschooler amongst high schoolers but It was fun and it was good for further socializing. (He really enjoyed the free play time!) We will be doing more, and like CBrugs, I really need to work on the "come" and "stay" commands. Wouldn't a training class with just Frenchies be a blast?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by trishkidd24 View Post
    Ha yes your story sounds similar as to what I think I will experience with Marg.... I am sure she will be more focused on other dogs and people and not really want to concentrate on the training. Oh well I guess it will be worth a shot! She is the farthest thing from obedient, but I am hoping the class with help with socializing, thats about it ha... Not going into this with too high expectations
    Jax was a social butterfly when we got him so I haven't had to worry about his socializing skills. It was so funny cause when me and the BF picked him up from the airport, we thought he was going to by scared, shy, timid, etc. but nope, not at all! He was all over me in the car and then when we got him home, he was acting like he owned the place and that he had been there forever. I have small nephews and a 1 1/2 year old niece who grabs, pokes, squeezes (and everything else) when she sees him and he is really good with her, has never once nipped her. Have you thought about taking Marg to doggie daycare? That might help with socialization.

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    Re: Socializing

    Unfortunately I am really limited in our small town as far as resources go. We don't have any doggy day cares, heck we don't even have any stores you can bring dogs in like a petsmart or anything not a very dog friendly area like some of you seem to have. BUT there is a kennel club near tv that offers the puppy classes (which marg attended a couple) and the obedience classes which hopefully start this month!



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    Re: Socializing

    Winston did great at obedience classes however the foster dog we were actually paying for to attend them was a nightmare she hated them and 'failed' (Parsons terrier). Winston and Hugo have both attended a puppy playgroup (pups from 8 weeks to 18 weeks) run for an hour every Monday & Friday evening and it is fab because lots of kids go with their new pets and everyone socialises gets to play and they show kids and adults how to do quick puppy health checks etc. I have 5 kids so my two are used to them, however how about taking Marg for a walk past the local school at hometime? Maybe just slowly building up so they can pet her?

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