We went to school with counselor Chrystal, Bean was a little stand offish, but didn't try to eat anyone....So we went to phase 2...other dogs...Bean showed her true colors to her new counselor...We went forward from there...dog after dog, Bean became more tolerant.
Chrystal's evaluation, determined two factors
1. Bean is very obedient in commands, when Mom is alone.
2. Bean is fearful and reacts to Moms stress when another dog or person is added to the equation.
Chrystal says......( and please pipe in here with opinions )...GSP's in particular realize two levels
1. the Alpha
2. Dog must take care of said # 1 Alpha...( when she senses MY STRESS ) HER RADAR TAKES OVER
I must admit, at one point in our evaluation, We were being introduced to a particularly LARGE dog...Bean went for her, and I actually noticed my breathing stopped.....I gasped and attempted the correction, that Chrystal suggested....which is>>>>
The choke collar correction & an about face....B4 I did do the correction, but then went to a sit stay....
We will go back next week, BUT in the meantime, I will continue to work Bean...and the confidence that I HAVE GAINED, by watching her mingle with other dogs, is priceless................
YOU ALL ARE GONNA LOVE THIS....................the sessions are twenty bucks
Plus I'm going to have Bean do daycare every couple weeks, for 4 hour stays, so she can get used to other dogs on her own
Counselor Chrystal asked me if I had other friends with dogs, so we could get together & mingle WELL SURE I DO>>>>>>But they seem to be spread across the United States .....
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO YOU ALL