Guest Ames Posted June 26, 2016 Share Posted June 26, 2016 Hi everyone, So here we are 7 weeks in with our new hound (who did 6 week foster care prior to that) and we have enrolled in basic obedience. We had our first class today (with no dogs) to discuss the training, expectations, meet others etc. It's a small group of four and it turns out two are small fluffy dogs. I think one is a papillon. I was really excited but now I'm just nervous. Our hound is from a reputable adoption program here in Australia and has been assessed as 'small dog friendly'. He's currently happily living with our miniature schnauzer and it's all going fine apart from the occasional over-boisterous play We don't know if he is cat safe, but we walk past our cat on the front verandah every day on our walk and he shows only passing interest, even when it scurries away. I'm left wondering if there are 'small dogs' and then there are SMALL dogs. Sure our schnauzer is little but he's not that small and fluffy! The trainer is very professional (DELTA certified) and described the set up spread out in the area on separate mats and no interaction between the dogs (at least to start). She has asked if our dog can come muzzled the first session (which I'm fine with) but I think it has ruffled me and the other dog owners a little. I don't even know if I can give him rewards through his muzzle and am considering leaving the group and waiting for a group with large dogs. Am I overthinking this or is it good to be cautious? Do I watch for general prey drive behaviour or is it different with small dogs? (I don't think I've seen any as yet, maybe alert ears). I also think I've lost a bit of confidence as he also passed a resource guarding assessment prior to adoption but we've since had two incidents where he has stolen something (an avocado peel and a banana peel) and has growled and guarded these. I guess I'm left wondering how much trust do you put in the claims made by agencies and assessments. Anyway, if you made it this far thanks for reading my ramble! If you have any advice/opinions I'd really appreciate it. Many thanks. ; Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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