So I've been working with Tessa solo. No puppy class since the incident and so far she's doing really well; nipping is down to a minimum (even with teething), she's going for a toy now instead of my face, can be trusted to sleep with me, eating well, etc. Yet I have a couple questions...
1. The park I was taking Tessa and our neighbour's dog was nice and fully fenced in so I didn't mind letting Tessa off leash. Problem is, since a new sub-development has been built, they've disallowed dogs. Before it was a dog and people friendly park for 30 years; but apparently the new house owners don't care for the impromptu 'dog park' behind their houses and have gotten it rezoned. So now what can I do? Tessa loves being off leash, but I have trust issues. I was ok letting her off in a fully fenced (with gates) area, but our zoned dog parks only have those rope fences. Tessa's recall isn't too bad, but the dog parks are in the coulees with wild life and water from the Old Man (so far more dangerous if she doesn't come 100% of the time; though I'd settle for 95%). How do I practice off leash training? Suggestions? Do I just go to these parks with a REALLY long leash? Ugh why does off leash training for everyone but me seem so effortless/thoughtless; just unclip your dog and off they go, yell and they come back.
2. Tessa has become a wee bit barky. It's not too bad, but the neighbours are complaining they can't enjoy their back yards because every time they talk, Tessa begins to bark for attention from them. She also enjoys laying on the back of the sofa and barking out the window when something or someone walks by. How do I control the barking? I've been trying to reward her for being quite, but I think she's begun to make a game of it.
3. Our 'trainer' kept saying Tessa was afraid of people and other dogs, so she would have us greet her while letting her jump on people because she said if people tried to get her to stay down she'd lose more trust in us and stranger. All this has created a monster!! well not a monster, more like an overly excitable, greeting, jumpy 40 lb puppy. I can her to focus on me on our walks, but the second someone comes into view, it's like she HAS to greet them. I've been working on rewarding her when she avoids, but not sure if this is the right thing to do?
Also how do you tell people to not pet your puppy till she settles and sits? because NO ONE seems to listen to me! Though each one is more than happy to tell me, as they're petting her in her excited/jumping state (rewarding her) that "you really need to work on that because she could really hurt someone; you should be teaching her to sit to be greeted"