Our Spencer Tracy is 7 months old and is delightful on all counts (except for what seems to be a slight potty training regression/"terrible-two" issue....but that's another post
I am puzzled and slightly worried about a comment his groomer made yesterday. She said "he needs some confidence boosting - has he had any classes yet?" I told her yes, one puppy beginning obedience.
Spencer is so confident, not at all scared of other people or dogs, runs up to all strangers at the parks, seeks everyone out on walks, at stores, etc, 2 and 4 legged....I was so surprised by her comment.
I asked, "why do you say that?" and she said "he wouldn't let me take him out of his crate (she crates them when done with the job) - he stuck to the back."
Well, he's only been there twice for nail trimming. And I think there's a difference between confidence and knowing that someone is coming for him (not in a friendly way) - like at the vet. Spencer is super smart.
Then, later on, at Petsmart, I asked a groomer there about grooming and puppy coat changing and she reached out to pull him toward him and he pulled back (again, more smart to me, not scared - but maybe I'm biased?) and she asked the SAME QUESTION - "has he been for classes? he may need help with socialization."
Sorry for my long rambling intro - I don't know how to ask any other way (I've never had a dog and we LOVE our Spencer - he is just fabulous) - what I'm wondering is:
how does one train a dog to enjoy being handled by anyone? Is that a training for submission? Is that really so valuable, as long as he loves meeting and being with new people and new dogs, and obeys commands from his family? And, how would I train him for that? Obedience classes will help him be obedient to me and our family, not professionals like vets and groomers...
am I just over-worrying? Or in denial?
Or maybe missing some important info somewhere.
I do want to train him to obey us immediately, learn tricks, and maybe show in agility.
I don't want to neglect any aspect of his training, and never having a dog, I am not sure what I need to do here.
When he is trained for "come!" for example, is that a command that he will/should follow for anyone? Even scary moments when he may get shots or prodded or shaved?
thanks so much in advance for any help and comments.
(pics at 5 months - need to upload new ones from new camera)