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Old 11-12-2005, 05:54 PM   #1
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Omg Biscuit's first day of Petsmart training

well guys, we had our first lesson at petsmart today.He did well until it was time for social play at the end.We are in a small group and the other dogs are two HUGE puppies and two medium sized dogs.He is tiny in comparison.One of the big dogs was so excited to meet our Bisco (and who would't be?) he jumped on him and this freaked Biscuit out of course.He has played with big dogs well in the past, so I was a little surprised to see him growling at the other puppies. He was being a little timid anyway because the store was crowded and he seems to be going through a four month "i'm scared of everything" stage. But after the big dog incident it was all over!He was aggressive towards all the dogs after that and would try to bite any dog that said hi.I met a fellow yokie owner outside the store and she said her yorkie has always been aggressive towards bigger dogs.Is this true for you guys? I don't want my Biscuit to be mean when doggies want to play. How can I help him get over this?The trainer is helping but I'm just fishing for others' experiences.
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I am sorry to hear about this. In my experience, Thor is unpredictable about which dogs he is good or not with. He is good with most bigger dogs, but does bark agressively at them at first. It's wierd. I think it is all about socialiazing them when they are young and since your dog is still young you have time to do this. Don't worry, just keep hard at his socializing!!!
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Old 11-13-2005, 01:28 PM   #3
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I have a Cairn Terrier, he weighs around 16lbs. Gracie (my yorkie, 2.2lbs) will NOT leave him alone. She bites on his tail, chews on his face, his ankles, his hair. I'm at a loss! Max will put up with it for quite some time, but when he's had enough, he'll put her down. I don't think he's hurting her, b/c she'll go right back to it. (The stern NO doesn't seem to work well) I don't want Gracie hurt, but I'm beginning to think she'll have to have the "P" knocked out of her before she gets it through her stubborn head!lol
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Well some of these guys are and some are not afraid of big dogs.
My girl is chose over who gets in her face and I do Muzzle her on first meeting.
Some of her best Friends are pyres, flat coated retrievers and Black Russian terriers. Which is as big as you can get in the dog world.
On the other hand she tends to dislike pits,labs and anything white and tiny with eat them passion.
My girl is in rehab and we work on getting close to other dogs without her going off. We can get with in 31 steps of a strange dog and she stays calm.
Trick is to desensitize and not let them practice bad manner.
There are a ton of good books and I would suggest you to look for a private trainer to help you.
But if they advise get tough run not walk the other way. Getting tough makes it worse.

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Old 11-13-2005, 09:47 PM   #5
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Like you we just also went through our first obedience class.
Teddy has had 2 bad instances with bigger dogs so we felt
he needed a little confidence boost and there for enrolled
him in the class to help resocialize him. Well, not so good on
this end either because we no more than walked through
the door and a huge white dog pounced at him and about
sent him into shock. Needless to say our entire class he was
way too worried about what the big white dog was doing to
concentrate. He shook and shivered and I felt so bad for him.
The trainers were good with us though and they promised to
come up with a plan to help us through this situation so I am
hoping that this week goes a little better for us.
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How can I help him get over this?
You are doing the best thing already: taking him to puppy class. From what I've read, socialization should be done at a young age. The more you put him around other dogs, the better he will become.

Obedience classes for us have been a real roller-coaster. One week he'll do horribly, and the next he'll do great. Eddie didn't start until 11 months, so socialization has been a real issue.

But I can honestly say he's improved with every class, so keep it up and good luck.
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You are doing the best thing already: taking him to puppy class. From what I've read, socialization should be done at a young age. The more you put him around other dogs, the better he will become.

Obedience classes for us have been a real roller-coaster. One week he'll do horribly, and the next he'll do great.
I agree with what alaskayorkie has said but have to add one thing...

Going to puppy classes is the right thing to do, however this may not be the best puppy class for Biscuit (or Teddy's for him either). You may need a class where the dogs are kept under better control and aren't allowed to pounce on each other like that. I'm glad the trainer is going to come up with a plan, but perhaps a good trainer wouldn't have let it happen in the first place...
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I agree with what alaskayorkie has said but have to add one thing...

Going to puppy classes is the right thing to do, however this may not be the best puppy class for Biscuit (or Teddy's for him either). You may need a class where the dogs are kept under better control and aren't allowed to pounce on each other like that. I'm glad the trainer is going to come up with a plan, but perhaps a good trainer wouldn't have let it happen in the first place...

Just to let you know...I have probably the best trainer that money can buy where I live. What happened was when we walked through the door not in the presence of the trainer and when this dog misbehaved in the class room
setting the trainers were there immediately. I also heard them talk to the owner about getting a gentle lead so that she would have more control over the dog. The dog I am talking about is just an over rambunctious huge 6 mo
old puppy with no manners. If I felt that there was a danger to the absolute
love of my life believe me I would have walked immediately. I appreciate the
concern as well as the advise on Teddy's behalf with the facts you were initially given.
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As long as you are confident that this won't happen again, that's all that matters. I'll be anxious to hear how Teddy (and Biscuit, too) do next week. It's possible that they'll forget all about it and be okay. Or, they may not. Let us know how it goes and how the trainer helps you work through it, okay?
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I was just reading through and saw your title. My yorkie is also named Biscuit and we start our 1st day of training at Petsmart tomorrow night. How wierd huh? I also live in Tx, Dallas.. just thought it was funny.. Thks
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If the big dogs scared him that might be why hes acting like that.
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I was just reading through and saw your title. My yorkie is also named Biscuit and we start our 1st day of training at Petsmart tomorrow night. How wierd huh? I also live in Tx, Dallas.. just thought it was funny.. Thks
That is too cool!Aren't Biscuits the best?Good luck in training and keep us posted on Biscuit's progress.
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My little Rocky growled at the other puppies and acted very scared when I took him to Petsmart for training, which is not like him at all. He was the smallest puppy there, and I think he was a little intimidated with all the noise and puppies. We have started private lessons with a trainer and practice at home, this is working out a whole lot better than the Petsmart class.
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I have a yorkie puppy(1.8lbs) and a 16lb pug/jack russell terrier mix. My yorkie, Brie, takes his toys away from him and bites on his tail. My other dog, Miller, just sits there and takes it!!!
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I'm just wondering at what age we can start puppy classes and obedience classes? We are getting our puppy at 12 weeks of age.
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