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Old 10-11-2009, 11:53 AM
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Huh. I think alot of dogs are like that. I know that shepherds are very one-person-centric and don't like to be in the company of strangers with out the benefit of having "mom" or "dad" there.

Mia just sounds like she's very bonded to you. If you want to loosen that a bit, I'd do doggy day care once or twice a week.
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Old 10-11-2009, 12:26 PM
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If it's something you want to work on, I would set up random people that she both knows and likes and that she doesn't know and have them hold her leash and give her treats with you at varying distances in sight - start out fairly close and gradually move further away, eventually being able to go out of sight. Also gradually increasing the duration. It's really no different than "stay" training, just someone is holding onto her leash.

You can even work more on stays without someone holding her and work up to doing out of sight stays in general.

My dogs don't particularly like it if someone else holds them and I disappear, which IMO is fairly normal, but I can put them on a down, hand the leash over and leave and they are simply doing a down stay. It doesn't matter at that point that someone is holding the leash.
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Old 10-11-2009, 12:28 PM
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Ben is worse then Mia in that regard, he HATES strangers.
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Old 10-11-2009, 02:14 PM
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If it's something you want to work on, I would set up random people that she both knows and likes and that she doesn't know and have them hold her leash and give her treats with you at varying distances in sight - start out fairly close and gradually move further away, eventually being able to go out of sight. Also gradually increasing the duration. It's really no different than "stay" training, just someone is holding onto her leash.

You can even work more on stays without someone holding her and work up to doing out of sight stays in general.

My dogs don't particularly like it if someone else holds them and I disappear, which IMO is fairly normal, but I can put them on a down, hand the leash over and leave and they are simply doing a down stay. It doesn't matter at that point that someone is holding the leash.
I second this. Good advice. It is important for her to at least tolerate being in someone else's care.
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:35 AM
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Yeah I'll definitely be working on getting ehr more comfortable with other people. Thanks for the advice!
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:55 AM
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I am working on that with Kat right now. She used to be fine for a few moments and then loose it and snarl and try to bite the hands of the person holding her. I just kept doing it and giving them treats to feed her (and telling them to saw 'ow' if she tries to mouth them as she responds very well to 'ow') Its been about a month and she is much much better now. She doesn't like it if I go too far away but she doesn't go ape **** anymore.

Dekka is quiet about it but she hates being left with anyone if I leave and will squirm and flail.
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