Syncrope Posted May 17, 2013 Report Share Posted May 17, 2013 Luna is 11 months old which, indeed, means she's still a puppy! And of course, puppies can be very... enthusiastic. I think it's great that she likes other people so much. But sometimes it's too much. Certainly, socialization was a top priority from the moment we took her in at 8 weeks. She loved to pee for people- she'd always be so excited to greet everyone in the universe. It's very difficult to keep people from encouraging the over-excitement, especially when it's just an adorable little puppy. And I quickly grew tired of her whimpering and rolling over and peeing for every person who looked at her. Today, Luna is still very excited to greet people. Too excited. Not every person on the street wants a dog trying to french-kiss them, or even stare at them while whining until she gets the opportunity. Nor do I need the distraction, especially when all I want is a relatively relaxed walk. The real issue is that Luna comes with me to the office. People come into the office regularly, and many don't need a dog dead-set on greeting them. Some people appear to be intimidated when she gives a play growl the second they walk in. It's also a bit disruptive to have a dog whining and whimpering beneath the desk. Since I'm not necessarily the one who handles the visitors, I have the opportunity to grab Luna's attention with a quiet game or training or treats to keep me the most interesting person in the room. And it works. But the minute I allow some time to pass when I'm not keeping her fixated on me, she realizes... "Whoa, there's still a person in the room, and they look awfully exciting!" This isn't the biggest problem in the world! I'm so grateful that she, generally, is a well-rounded dog! But it's the biggest problem that we have. I feel a bit guilty sometimes, as though I made a mistake by allowing too much coddling by people and that it may have encouraged her to react with over-excitement each time she now sees someone. Lately I've been telling people to sort of ignore her unless she's being quiet and not pushing for attention, so they appear a little less interesting... Yeah, people don't like it when you tell them to ignore a sweet puppy who wants to say hello. Wouldn't be the first time people tell me that I'm too stern with my dog- when all I ask is for them to cooperate with my training. I think they're upset because I'm being stern with them, not the dog! Anyhow... Yes, Luna is still a puppy! I know many dogs grow out of these sort of things... I just can't help wondering if her excessive excitement has been sort of trained into her as a response to strangers. I want her to like people! I don't want her to LOOOOOOVE people! Am I worrying too much, and is this something she's likely to grow out of? Or do I need to take more action? Of course I'm still working with her on the "watch me" concept. You know, giving her praise and a reward when she puts her focus on me while other people are around. But I need some advice, or reassurance, or someone who can tell me I'm not screwing up too bad! Thanks! <3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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