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Location: Peace River, Alberta
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I've found people will usually ask if Bucky can have a treat. I'd have no problem saying no he can't, but Bucky is awfully picky even with treats. Fia, I'd definitely say no because her tummy tends to get upset. I don't think you should feel you're being rude to say please don't offer my dog treats. Rita had a great suggestion; give them one of your treats. I'll do that with little kids. Let them give Bucky a treat to get him to do a trick for them. But he's the opposite. He thinks the world wants to meet him and can be overly enthusiastic, jumping up, especially with kids. When I give them a treat, and he has to sit for it, then he learning he has to sit for the kids, and still gets a reward, but they are then also giving the command.
I was very impressed one day out walking with him when a whole group of kids, all ages, came running towards us. Each of them stopped in turn and asked if they could pet my dog. Most people don't understand, particualrly with a small dog, that they need to do that.
Telling people he's shy, and taking control of that situation, is an excellent way to handle it. Lucky may need to feel you have control of the situation.
Have you tried taking him somewhere just to work on the shyness? Somewhere that you plan to go and work with him on the shyness?
Fia's very tiny yet, and she can be shy but I'm going to need her to not be. I'm planning on taking her to the local hardware store today. They love dogs there and it's a good place to take her, with people around, and have a positive experience. It's also indoors and warm. lol.
If she's shy, have you tried t