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I want to do this right!
Hi everyone, I introduced myself, Christina, and my puppy Eloise on the thread "Introduce yourself part 3". I really want to get this right and raise a healthy happy companion. Like many others on this thread, I would love to train Eloise to be a therapy dog. I am a music therapist and if she is trained it would be another way I can bring happiness to those in need.
So... I have had Eloise for a week, she is 11 weeks old. Since she has not had her last shots so we have not met many folks outside of my apartment. Today, we went out and she started growling at people and dogs! I think she was scared. I have had people coming into the apartment and she will have a moments hesitation but will then be a happy friendly dog. So any socialization advice would be appreciated. What should I do when she growls?
Second is that I will start seeing my clients again on Monday, I won't be gone any longer than 3 hours at a time as I can make my own schedule and my office is right down the street. I have been leaving her in her ex pen for various amounts of time trying to get her accustom to her area. She whines, yelps and barks when in her ex pen, even if I am just vacuuming or in the shower. I should note that she has chew toys to occupy herself. Should I keep ignoring the yelping? I dont let her out till she is quite and I don't make a big deal about going and coming.
Sorry for the long post.
Thanks in advance!