Paws in the Park...

Discussion in 'Cane Corso' started by Zeela, Oct 9, 2018.

  1. Zeela

    Zeela Well-Known Member

    I tried to take Zeela to the Paws in the Park event this past weekend, she was freaked out by all the activity and the horses there, she never saw a horse before. How do I introduce her to social places without her ready to run like a maniac.... she's social just not use to that kind of environment/ lots going on...
  2. Zeela

    Zeela Well-Known Member

    & I really wanted a hot dog at one of the vendor stands...:(
  3. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    My suggestion is to work with her at a distance she's comfortable with and then move forward. Let her tell you what's comfortable for her.
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  4. TylerDurden

    TylerDurden Well-Known Member

    I agree with starting slowly and from distance. At such events, it‘s impossible to anticipate all the noises, movements, and things that are waiting there. You may want to introduce her to horses in a quiet environment (without the other things that come with public places). For some reason, I have found these "socialization" aspects very easy with Mastiffs (most people report the opposite). Bane was extremely shy when was very young. Hiding, running away, and even peeing in situations like that. At this point, he could care less about noises. He even sleeps through the heaviest thunderstorms. Maybe that‘s just luck, but constant and careful exposure to things has helped. Doing it at their own speed is definitely important. You don‘t want a big dog to run around like crazy in the middle of a social event.

    Check out the test items of the canine good citizen test. Some of them can be very helpful, such as walking through crowds.
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  5. glen

    glen Super Moderator Staff Member

    Totally agree, slowly does it, i always try to look through my dogs eyes in situations and solve the problems like i would my own, we have the bonus of knowing where we are going, preparing ourselves, they dont, so when i got gandalf and got involved with iccf events and training agility i started to go to smaller events, local markets, into town, i dont do dog parks too many bad owners and i tend to bite lol.
    My boys are 5,4 and 3 now but i still take time to let them watch the crowded area at events before we pile in,
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  6. Zeela

    Zeela Well-Known Member

    Good ideas all...thank you...I will keep at it...slowly...she will be 1 yr & 4 months old this month (I can't believe it) so she's still learning things.
  7. DennasMom

    DennasMom Well-Known Member

    You can do things at home to help give her confidence and healthy curiosity, too... start introducing one new "thing" a week... like an umbrella - let her see it and sniff it, then let it open slowly... for another sniff... open/close it until she's comfortable with it. Go slow enough she's never scared. If she runs away, stop, put the object on the ground and walk away - let her approach at her own speed. REWARD big when she starts moving toward the object with curiosity, and more REWARDS for sniffing up close and determining that "it's nothing exciting" and moving on. Make sure you're always confident around the object, so she takes a cue from YOU that the object is "safe".

    Denna has a command for "go check it out"... if she jumps at something (like a yard sign or flapping flag)... I tell her to "go check it out", and we stand there and stare at the thing until she does finally go give it a sniff. Then she gets a "GOOD GIRL" and we can move on.

    Noises - cow bells, rattles, door knocks, etc. are other good things to "socialize" with at home. Even squeaky dog toys can work... and let the pup know that noisy things can be fun, too.

    I make notes of what Denna perks up at around the neighborhood, and we'll go home and "practice" with that object (if possible), or something similar.

    Crowds are more difficult... but if you have a school yard around and can go visit during recess - from a distance - that can get you started.
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  8. Zeela

    Zeela Well-Known Member

    Excellent advice. Thank you.
  9. BlackShadowCaneCorso

    BlackShadowCaneCorso Super Moderator Staff Member

    Before heading out to some place I think might have a lot of sensory overload stuff I tire them out, we burn off excess energy so that they aren't amped up to start because they are excited and then we consistently move forward. Take lots of treats, if she looses focus get it back on you and do some quick obedience things like puppy push ups or exercises to get her back into focus. Once she is back on track start out again, if you aren't certain (especially animals like livestock and such) don't approach it can be dangerous for them and for the other animal. Instead work within sight of them, so they can get the smell and get to see them without the stress of having to meet them.
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