|Barked: Sun Dec 2, '12 3:52pm PST |
|IMO, it was STILL way, way too soon. Even if the dog was hiding in a closet, snapping when you walking into the room, SIX DAYS is NOT enough time for the real dog to come out.
In our boarding kennel we do not even attempt to make friends with a new boarder for at least 48 hours... in many, if not most cases, the dog is nervous and frightened and WILL try to bite or even worse. Yet, this very same dog is happy and sound in every way IF they are allowed to have a couple of days without us forcing ourselves on them. If not pushed, just talked to and fed and NOT forced to respond to us they end up LOVING us and racing into the kennel the next time they visit.
I can tell you that if I had taken Toto anywhere during the first two weeks he was with me I most likely would have lost him by his bolting away OR biting me if he couldn't escape. Trust me, this is the soundest dog in the whole world, he has produced puppies with impeccable temperaments, and he is now unflappable, no matter what happens. He spends overnights with the children of my employees constantly and is perfect in every way.
Another example is Quincy's mother, a LABRADOR!!! When she was brought here to be bred she was so frightened and panicked that we could not get near her, much let get her bred. I had been to her home and she was a social butterfly there, unflappable, yet here in our kennel she was a disaster. It took her FOUR DAYS before I could even get a leash on her but once she accepted me, she accepted EVERYONE here and was perfect. She now greets any of us as if we were her long lost best friends.
I am not saying this happens with every dog and I hope I am not implying that Toto and Quincy's mom had temperament issues... they BOTH had never left their original birth home (except when accompanied by their original owners) before and then they were dropped into a situation of a completely new home and new people, EXACTLY the same situation as happened to this sheltie. Toto, for example, had attended dog shows with his breeder and had NO ISSUES with being even reserved or nervous. Anyone who has been to a dog show can understand what a scary, traumatic place they can be for a dog with temperament issues, yet Toto with his original owner, was fine with them.
No way, no how was this sheltie, a breed with known reticence to new situations, ready to go off to a pet store visit with strangers!!! She should have been allowed to get comfortable in her new home for a minimum of two weeks and then maybe taken for car rides, walks in a calm park, or the like, depending on how she was adjusting, until she was at the point where the sun rose and set over her new owner, usually about 4 to 6 weeks. Then and only then should serious exposure and training have begun.
I am not sure there is ANY BREED where a 10 month old, (in one of the KNOWN, WELL DOCUMENTED FEAR PERIODS), can be taken from its original home and expected to be normal and social and outgoing in less than a month. If social butterflies like labs and poodles have issues with this, a sheltie or like breed is way more likely to be traumatized!
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