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Puppy Kindergarten!

Tonight we went for the first time to Puppy Kindergarten with Rufus. I thought he was going to love it, but he was really scared! He was fine with all the people but terrified of the puppies! He jumped in my lap or Bo's lap or hid behind chairs and even jumped in other people's laps! He growled very convincingly at other dogs to back them off and one little gal with a toy poodle was getting pretty nervous about her dog coming to see him. It was really a shame too since her dog seemed to like him and I thought maybe she would pull him out of his fear a bit. The class was an hour long and he was relaxing a bit by the end though--not enough to play with anyone, but he did sniff one or two and allowed a couple near without growling. The instructer was really good and about half way through she had the more active dogs picked up and only the fearful ones were out on the floor. That made it a bit easier on the scardies. Their were some little sweeties there, a Pom, a chiwawa, (spelling-oops!)a toy poodle, a couple weinie dogs, and more! The tiny little Chiwawa was named Bambi and was almost as shy as Rufus but she warmed up a bit at the end! We're going back next week and hopefully he'll do a bit better next time!

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Stinker! He spends all day with his humans and now thinks he's a human too. I'm glad you are taking him to Puppy KD. I love the picture with the dachshund (sp) checking him out.
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Rufus will come around, you'll see. Have you taken him to any local parks or playgrounds where he can run with other doggies?

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He will probably come around. I would recommend not putting him on your lap though. That just reinforces trouble. My maltese was such a brat to other dogs and everyone told me I was basically praising her everytime I picked her up after she was a butthead! Let us know how it does next week but it is really nice there are that many small dogs for Rufus to socialize with!

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Poor little guy, its very scary going to a new place, new smells, new people and all these little puppies full of energy running around. Monte was the same way (with dogs & people) but I did just as Amanda suggested and left him on the ground, he would still try and hide behind my legs and I would just walk away from him.. Then on week 2 he surprised me and went running into the room to play with everyone. I bet Rufus will surprise you one day and run off to go play with all his new friends.

Great picture, I am looking forward to seeing one of Rufus romping with his friends.

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I guess I'm really lucky that Nico was interested in and not afraid of the other pups right from the start at puppy kindergarten. It makes class easier. I'm sure your little guy will come around. We watched the Ian Dunbar Sirius Puppy Training video before we got Nico and it was amazing how the shy pup that was hiding under the chair at the beginning of the puppy course shown on the video was romping with the big dogs by the end.
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Christy,I think Rufus will be fine! Logan wa sthe only one of mine that went to puppy preschool and he was the same way, he wanted nothing to do with the other dogs, only the people. During the 6 week class he really did not change too much, only a little braver during free play time but stood on the outskirts and did not participate much. The only dog in the whole class that was any interest to him was the trainers 120 rottwhiler- can you believe it! He just kept running to see the parents. He did great with the training itself & quite honesly I think that although he was not a big "player" there, he now loves other dogs & has no problem with them. I am sure that Rufus will come around.

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Love the photo!
Just thinking with all he has been through has he had any play/learning time with other dogs (recently)? I know Kimberly does a lot with them. However with the surgery and being mostly around people it may take more time.It was only his first time

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Puppy classes are great. I remember Kodi was shy and would hide from all the pups. About week 3, he started playing with them. Shelby was a growler. But the same thing, around week 3 or 4, she was playing with all the dogs. She had a favorite, too...a 6 month old Briard. His paws were almost bigger than she was. But he was very handsome. It is fun to watch them come out of their shells and watch their personalities develop.

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MacGyver was afraid at puppy kindergarten, too. He'd hide in the agility tunnel during free play. We started him in day care once or twice a week, and that turned him around. Now he can't wait to go and play with all his friends!

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