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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-18-2015, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Not wanting to take up too much time, I just will say I was a member a 2013 through most of 2014. I took a hiatus for several reasons. Our Sofie is now 2 years and 9 months old and is just a delight. EVERYBODY loves her (even all of the men in the family) and she doesn't know a stranger.

I have one issue that persists and I wonder, if it is more of a personality issue, than a training issue? We take her with us to the stores that allow dogs, to our grandkids outdoor sports (where allowed), to our married children's homes and on occasion to friend's homes. We have done this since she has been 6 months old. I honestly am perplexed at her behavior. She does not seem to be able to relax or settle for even 5 minutes anywhere outside of her own home and yard. She walks room to room constantly in the homes, pulls incessantly on the leash, pants and is in constant motion in the stores or at the parks. It is as if she is overstimulated in every situation outside of her home. Even though, she does not seem to mind being at home alone, I do not want her to become unsocial. My question is, do we leave her at home (we are still very active and involved with family) or continue taking her with us as often as we can?

As a side note, walks around the neighborhood use to be like this as well, but she has greatly improved, but still at times almost runs on these outings instead of walking (seemingly anxious to get home). We walk almost every day. Thank you for your thoughts...
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sounds like she has become asocial with time. Socialization is a lifetime process, and must continue forward all the time. You have to recognize her limits and avoid situations that cause her to stress. A trainer might be helpful in showing you ways to do this.

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sounds like she has become asocial with time. Socialization is a lifetime process, and must continue forward all the time. You have to recognize her limits and avoid situations that cause her to stress. A trainer might be helpful in showing you ways to do this.
I feel we have encouraged socialization with her despite her restlessness in any social environment other than her own home. We have done this since her puppy immunizations were completed. She has been in more social situations than any other dog we have had and has not become more at ease over time. We have not stopped trying to keep her socialized as I tried to infer in my original post. If I realized her limitations, she would not go anywhere, as her response to all situations outside of the home has always been the same from day one. I thought over time she would become more comfortable and has not. She frequents our children's homes and her response is always the same...constant moving from one room to another without ever settling to one spot...favorite bed, blanket, toy does not help. I hate the thought of not being able to take her anywhere.
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This is where a trainer might be able to identify what is going on.

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I don't have anything to add to what Dave said, but I did want to say, "Hi"... It's nice to see you back! And Sofie has matured into a real beauty!!!
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I go to the same places you take your Sophie. I am curious and an explorer wherever I go! It is not stressful for mi, it is an adventure!!!!! I don't pant from stress, I pant from excitement! Sometimes Popi says, "enough Ricky" and I have to sit on his lap, but that doesn't happen very often unless I find things on the floor in other peoples house that I shouldn't eat especially when I get to go to an outdoor restaurant with Momi and Popi.

I am a celebrity at the local Home Depot. Every worker peoples know mi name and give mi little treats (approved by Popi) even tho it is against store policy. Popi makes mi ride in basket so I don't start shredding insulation that is displayed at knee level!!!!! A 10 minute trip to pick up some screws, winds up being an hour when all the peoples want to play with mi. I love all peoples!

I dunno, your Sophie sounds pretty normal to mi. She is not going potti inside store or other peoples house is she? Take her with you wherever you go. Let her explore with limits YOU set.

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Oh Ricky, Thanks for posting...

I was pretty sure she wasn't stressed, but just was hoping she would curl up on the Sofie like she does at home. She goes up to everyone to greet them no matter where we go. And yes, she has always been very curious about here surroundings. She most always has her nose to the ground hunting for that last morsel of food dropped by her human friends. She learned long time ago that her favorite farm supply store has random pieces of dog food on the floor and her absolute favorite...POPCORN! And no, I must say Sofie has been very reliably house trained since she was 4 months old (we were very diligent about this). We most always allow her to pee before going into anyone's home or place of business. She has pretty much scheduled herself for poo business first thing in the morning after she eats and about an hour after supper. She hasn't pooed in the house but one time at age 10 weeks.
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Welcome back. I recently returned as well with Colbie who is now 2 yrs 2 months and we have an 11 week old.

I'm no expert but I am curious how she responds to your children when you are in their homes. Do they interact with her, offer her treats, etc?

PS: She is beautiful

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