|Barked: Thu Jan 3, '13 10:19pm PST |
|Maybe I'll go back and forth with Quincy, who is a groomer as well as a breeder. Doesn't that coat look hard to you? I would say Schnoodle? That hock reminds me of a Giant, but it could be the angle. Toto handles a lot of dogs though. I'd defer to her, but I am looking at that coat and thinking Schnoodle. I do agree with Toto re the part Lab, which would be consistent with some of the behaviors, also.
I know that Rain dog....she is my downstairs neighbor I don't like gentle leaders, but I am a stuckup purist I knew her before the gentle leader, and I saw it on her the first day and thereafter. Like PRESTO, and she doesn't pull. When I have to walk her at times, when her mom is away, I just use the flat collar and it may take her a while to even realize it and start pulling.
A couple of things, Stella. I am on the case re the trainer. I've contacted three people in your state who I respect and are active with their trainers. Give me some time, I will give you a good lead. I think I stumbled on the person who board trains, and if I am right about who it is, I would avoid it. I'll find you someone solid, I promise!
I will say to you.....doggie daycare can do WONDERS. We adopted out (I co-run a rescue) a Pit Bull puppy a couple of years back, and she was a bit of an issue. She had a lot of energy, no social graces, and was far more of a worrisome dog than Stella is. Doggie daycare majorly helped her. I know it's an expense, but it's not just a day out for her, but a day off for you, and your dog comes home just leveled and satiated. Dogs also do educate each other. If I am right about the Schnoodle thing, Schnauzers have bullying tendencies, and getting in with some good players may make the cats less entertaining. You don't know the background on your puppy. Those separated from their litter too early sometimes have more challenges, longer roads in their social education. I'd totally recommend it.
I do hope you are feeling a little bit better. This *will* get better. There will be some degree of zany to deal with while she is still young, but the crazed greetings, hard pulling and cat stuff are things you can get sorted. You really haven't said anything about her that is in any way behavioral or extreme. It'll be ok.
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