|Barked: Mon Feb 14, '11 8:26am PST |
We're back from our trip to France!
Misha, congrats on the progress!
Sizzle, sorry, I don't know anything about showing dogs...have you decided yet though what you want to do?
BTW, yes, we think Kiska's leash walking issues are definitely from overstimulation - we walked her at my husband's parents' village and she was fine. She was okay in Paris; she went a little insane a few times, but mostly at peak hours, like when the kids were coming out of school. The weather was unusually warm though so we got to sit outside at a park and just watch some kids playing soccer. Kiska still went crazy though when joggers would run by, so that's something we have to work on. It's relatively warm today in NYC so maybe we will go to the river and sit on a bench and watch all the joggers run by.
Also, I just need to rant really quickly - a lot of people in France do not believe in dog training/obedience or socialization (my husband was like, "Duh, we have no dog parks here, no one in this country has ever heard of a dog park!"), so first of all, whenever Kiska met other dogs on the street, they would get really scared of her and start barking at her like crazy, or try to attack her! Then, I don't know what is wrong with people, but they just don't listen! People were always coming up to us trying to pet Kiska - but they didn't even ask permission! They'd just come running up and start aggressively trying to touch her, cooing about how cute she was. My husband and I would say, "Please don't pet her like that, she's very nervous around strangers" and everyone would ignore us! (Well, they'd either say, "Oh, really?" and keep trying to pet her, even though Kiska kept trying to back away, or they'd say, "Oh, well, that's okay, she's too cute!" and keep petting her!) When Kiska tried to dodge their hands petting her head, they'd try to pet her paws or her hindquarters!!!!!! Even when I was holding her in my arms!!!!! And then the children!!! They'd see her from far away and then they would start running to pet her! My husband would tell them, "Don't touch her, because she's very scared of children, but you can let her sniff your hand first" they would completely ignore him, and do the same thing as the adults, trying to pet her really aggressively.
It was SOOOOO annoying....so obviously Kiska has not made any progress with strangers and I really hope it doesn't get worse...
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