Went to Walmart today! I was doing a really really good job, lots of retrievals and directional cues Unfortunately I did have an “oops” moment when I barked at a moving wheelchair I recovered really quickly and the people were very nice, Mom had them pet me and she gave me treats the whole time so I would have more of a positive association Someone wheeled a tall cart full of chicken by me after that but I handled it really well!
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Not a problem, and yeah it is so much fun! If your pup knows "paws up/on" it's pretty easy to teach
@my_golden_lifeline thank-you for the tips! I would love to get a long board or something and teach the dogs to ride it, I think it would be so fun!
I understand the feeling, I havent ever had Elias bark in a public place but when he was vested. When he first encountered a skateboard it was in a tunnel so it was loud and on brick and a rude college kid rode about a foot infront of him and startled him to the point of a scared big boy bark, haha. So I taught Elias how to ride a skateboard on all different textures and also took him to a skate park to socialize with people riding them Think of them as kids you have to show them the diversity of the world in a positive way from items, noises to people and places🖒 He will be okay So maybe next time you are at the store get in one of the electric wheelchairs that the store has and teach him to walk next to it, bring something super yummy like turkey slices and try using a clicker or saying yes everytime he sniffs it or walks next to it for ten seconds, then thirty, then a minute and so on
@my_golden_lifeline thank-you!! That’s really encouraging. Stuff with wheels seem to freak him out, I’m gonna try my best to get him used to it all. I feel bad when he barks though, I know it’s not out of aggression or him being an asshole, he’s just nervous. Still embarrassing when it happens in public though
@kaytoo_the_pibble can’t blame him for being afraid, all that matters is that he recovered so quickly and was really interested in the people and the wheelchair afterwards
I freaked out about any barking too. That little face though!
Haha, your pup is doing great! Elias was very silly with dropping items when carrying them the first couple times too, and dont feel to bad my boy used to be so weird about skateboards an automatic wheelchairs and he got over that quickly You guys are doing great, and mommies like to beat themselves up but they shouldnt because we always try are hardest to help our kids to be the best they can be at what they do(hope that makes sense,lol)