|Barked: Wed Feb 2, '11 8:02pm PST |
Yeah, I am not so sure anymore that Kiska is guarding us, but I really think it's overstimulation. We took her in her bag on the bus to the small dog park today; she did bark a bit in her bag when some kids got on the bus - not sure how she even saw they were kids because I had put the "blinds" on both ends of her bag so she couldn't see out, only left the flap open on top, but she was still lying down in the bag. I had to close the top flap too so she couldn't see out... But then we walked her from the bus stop to the small dog park (at least 8 blocks) and she seemed ok, much better than in our neighborhood. She had a good, hard play at the park and then we walked her over to the dog friendly bar in that neighborhood (at least 12 - 15 blocks) and she was really fine, she only freaked out when there were 2 little kids running in one direction, then 3 bigger kids running from the opposite direction, then a stroller, then a dude running, and I guess it was all just too much for her and she went insane. After that though, she seemed fine and was walking without any issues. My husband and I were saying that it could be that our neighborhood, and our street in particular, is just way too noisy what with all the construction, and that the street is more narrow and there are a lot more people (we actually live across the street and down the block from Ground Zero).
I really do want to sit on a bench with Kiska, but it is REALLY cold right now. She does like to just sit on the sidewalk to the side and sometimes I'll just let her sit there for awhile as she watches everything. Thanks for the clicker training idea, maybe I will give it a try. Do you click when she starts barking? Because when Kiska starts barking, I feel like she's gone at that point and she won't hear anything....
An AKK breeder emailed me today saying that she had gotten my name from another breeder whom I had contacted, and she has an adult AKK that she needs to place in a home. I would have loved to take her, but seeing as Kiska is my first dog and she's still a puppy, we don't think we can really handle another dog at the moment.... but maybe in the near future? Don't know if we will get another AKK if we get another dog; we were actually looking to get a Boston Terrier before we ended up with Kiska...!
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