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Old 06-15-2013, 04:53 PM
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Meltdown at park (vent)

I knew when I posted that I was feeling encouraged, I was jinxing things! We had a great afternoon at the park until it was time to go. He was on a 15' lead tied to a tree so every time he went demon alligator on me as I tried to switch back to his walking leash, I was able to step away and turn my back.

This seemed to really piss him off. We went thru it 5 times before I was able to switch leads without getting mauled. Then he wasn't tied to anything so he clamped onto my ankle for good and I managed to get to a park bench and tie him there to get away.

He was lunging and growling on the "walk" back to the car, pulling so hard. Me stopping did nothing; calling him did nothing; treats had no effect.

I just feel so frustrated and defeated. I see these well-behaved dogs and wonder if I'll ever have that.

And now we have PETCO puppy class. Ugh.

Thanks for listening.... Maybe I just wasn't cut out to be a solo dog owner.


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Old 06-15-2013, 05:19 PM
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Awww...
Don't feel bad! Puppies can be complete monsters at times! Def lovable monsters, but still...

Are you interested in additional help?
If so where in Central PA are you? (if you do want to share feel free to PM me if you don't want to post location on the open forum).
I am from the area as well, so at the very least might be able to refer you.
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This is a puppy, right? Totally normal!

You ever attend a small child's birthday party? After an hour, the children, especially the birthday child, will melt down. It's because they've been completely overstimulated. It's the same with puppies. The park is overstimulating after a while, and your puppy expresses that by transforming into demonshark.

This too shall pass, I promise.
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Tessa is the same. Usually I just stop, let her have her meltdown, ask her if she's all better now, and then go to the car. It really sucks when she does it right in the middle of the street, but she is getting better at calming herself down...
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Thanks, everyone! I am exhausted tonight, but the PETCO class went really well. Cobber was tired enough that he absolutely aced "down, stay" - LOL! I need to wear him out like that before the Wednesday dog club class. And the instructor assured me that this (I told her about the park meltdown) is like the equivalent of the Terrible Twos and will absolutely pass, which helped me feel better. Like the analogy with the little kids' birthday party.

kmes, I live in State College.
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Hi! I love State College! My oldest brother went to Penn State. It's beautiful there.
Hang in, I think you are going to have a wonderful companion once your pup has grown up a bit; try to enjoy the antics if you can, they are much like a toddlers!
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This worries me, I'm taking her to the park when she's nicely rested after getting her shots.
She already is overstimulated just by being around people too.
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Oh I really feel for you. Puppies are horrible at times. Bella was just the same, she has calmed down a lot and never bites and growls at ankles now. But she did tons.

Things will get better, although it sometimes feels slow and often that you take one step forward and five steps back. I am always here if you need to vent. I still do.
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It gets better. We called ours the land shark bc he loved biting ankles and my kids. Fast forward a year and today my son was playing tug and put the tug by his body. The dog lost grip and his teeth scrAped my son...no blood but just hurt feelings. The dog refused to play with the tug again and laid on my son and licked all over his face. Was sooo touching cuz he knew he hurt his boy on accident and he wanted to make it better and didn't want to tug any more .
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I love State College!
We go in at least once a month.
I live in the Clearfield area, so about an hour away.

I'm not at all familiar with State College Petco's classes.
How are they?

If you're willing to travel about a half hour, there is an awesome trainer in Tipton. I've been to a couple of her workshops and am starting a Rally Free class next week.
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