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Old 07-25-2014, 09:26 AM
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Our dog training club is having a meeting on Sunday and I'm considering taking Tyson. It's dog-friendly and there will be dog-knowledgeable people and well-behaved dogs there. Seems like a good opportunity for Tyson to meet people and dogs, and if he seems overwhelmed, we can move away from everyone and/or leave. He can be a bit timid, so I don't want to overwhelm him, though.

Any thoughts or advice?
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Congrats! I know how hard you've been working to get Tyson opportunities to socialize with other dogs.

This is more what I wish someone had said to me than advice, but first I would review some dog body language guides so you don't miss subtle signals of fear or aggression. Second, don't be afraid to be assertive! If a dog's hackles are up and his owners insist that "he's just playing" don't be afraid to get Tyson away from that dog. Even dog savvy people make mistakes.

Have fun! I'm sure it'll be a great experience.
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I'd go. As you say, if you see he's not comfortable or it becomes overwhelming, you can leave or go for a break. Take super good treats.
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Thought I'd post an update. Tyson and I went to the meeting and he was great. He was a little shy at first, but we sat on the floor in the back and I fed him treats (some sort of beef I picked up for dog treats) while he watched everyone around us.

A few people stopped by to say hello, but they were calm and non-threatening. He was able to see a variety of dogs - pit, dachshunds, rough and smooth collie, keeshond, standard and toy poodle, doodle, boxer, several labs, and a few more I'm forgetting. He and the keeshond sniffed noses.

Our puppy class instructor sat with us for part of the meeting. We had an "only among dog people" moment when the instructor asked if Tyson was neutered and then said, "Answered my own question. Nope."
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Congrats on such a successful day with your boy!
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