|Barked: Fri May 10, '13 3:02pm PST |
|I just went on a quick trip to Starbucks with Chaplin. We've just been sticking to petsmart, petco, petstores in general, dog friendly cafes that aren't very busy because I got a little behind when I was in the hospital and haven't felt confident moving on from there without our new trainer.
We went to the dollar tree the other day and he did marvelously. Then 7/11 yesterday and again did marvelously. Trainer said go ahead and take him to starbucks, he's ready. He's been a bit off all day but I figured it's because I didn't take him out for exercise. Anway, the day just went all wrong. He was perfect on our way over, ignoring dogs, people, etc. We got to starbucks and he was good and stayed in a down in line.
About 15 minutes in he started showing some signs of stress as more and more people swarmed the place. Not wanting to overwhelm him we left. He was fine outside again still being awesome now that the tension was removed.
Anyway. We were walking down our street to go home and a loose dog was charging ahead of three boys about age 10. They were screaming and chasing the dog, yelling at their mother in the house that there was another dog on the street. This just added to their dog's anxiety and mine so I tensed up and froze not really sure what to do. I put my foot in front of Chaplin but the dog flew over it and right into Chaplin's body, growling and snapping and getting in his face. There are a few small puncture wounds I've found in his chest, nothing serious. I basically kicked the dog off and the boys grabbed him. I promptly went inside not really thinking about anything except getting away from the scene.
Anyway... now I'm worried to take him out again. He's a happy pup still but could this incident have really damaged his training? Do you think it could result in some hostility towards dogs on our next walk? I'm so scared and worried and I hope he isn't effected by this and now I'm just like... ugh... very tense. My day was already awful but my therapist told me to get outside and I did. Working Chaplin brought my mood up but his stress signs already made me feel kind of bad that I may have moved to quickly. He's just been so perfect in the other places we went which were more crowded so maybe it was just an off day and then he got rammed...
I'm just worried and don't want to go outside again and pass other dogs and have him react badly, I don't know how to handle that so now I feel stuck until I see my trainer...
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