As you can guess, from the title of this post, Floyd and I started Doggie School this week.
We went on Tuesday night to the local Kennel Club just out of town. It was our first trip in the car together, usually we go places separately.
We were both pretty excited, wondering what it was going to be like... Floydie ended up getting a bit tangled in his seat belt... Silly fella!
When we got there, to the oval to do the training, there were lots of other doggies! Lots of other BIG doggies. I was the smallest there, the others (apart from Floyd) were all German Shepherds and Labs...
It was very overwhelming, and I got really, really anxious and starting yipping and whining and had to move away from the other doggies to calm down.
Floydie was excited about seeing the other dogs, but he eventually calmed down and got to join the group.
Meanwhile, my human and I stayed away and did our training alone. I was still weary, and didn't like it when the other doggies moved too close, or got too bouncy.
I did manage to do a bit of training, here I am practising my "sit" (you can see my human in the shadow). But, even while doing that I was very worried of what was going on around me, and I didn't maintain it for very long...
We are still going to go to the classes, but my priority is to get used to being around the other doggies. We can always work on the commands at home where I'm more relaxed.
Have any of you ever had problems with anxiety around other puppers? Do you have any tips to help me manage and eventually get over my worries?
I'd love to hear any of your ideas...