If you were to head to a moderately busy but spacious park, put a blanket down in the grass, and park for a while with your poodle, how would he or she behave?
#define Annoying = 'bark, whine, and pull' Good = 'Lie down and relax when told to settle' Stand = 'Stand up and wag tail' #Check cases While (location = 'Park') If (squirrels = yes) Behaviour= Annoying If (dog_passes = 'True') If distance_m >10 Behaviour = Good ElseIf distance_m > 5 Behaviour = Stand Else Behaviour = Annoying If (poodle = 'Tired') Behaviour = Good Else Behaviour = Stand
I can't believe I actually forgot what this was like! It's not even been a year since we tried taking puppy Peggy to a concert in the park. What an adorable nightmare that was.Galen would look everywhere, fidget, get tangled in his leash, chew on his leash, invesigate the contents of the cooler, chew on my backpack, try to visit with the people on the next blanket, and just be a general PITA.
I think this is so important.She whined and barked a bit when some other people arrived with their dogs and sat fairly close by (probably >30 ft or so), but she got over it fairly quickly.
Those early puppy days are so important. I struggled to fit in all the experiences I wanted Peggy to have. We got her out frequently to coffee shop patios. We even did a mock camping trip and got a nearby campsite for the day so she could sit with us next to a campfire. But I think I slacked a bit on the park thing.I took my spoo a lot to the parks/sports fields as a puppy and I would make sure we did something to get her energy out first (ie dog park or fetch or a snuffling walk) and then she would lay down and sleep. I would bring toys, blanket, and water + treats as well and in case she woke up for something for her to do and that’s what she still does. Unless someone hits her with a ball or a dog runs up to her (so many people with unleashed dogs even though not supposed to) and wakes her up then it takes a few minutes to get her to settle again.
I've never actually paired it with a "settle" command, but this is something we do practise regularly. I love when I'm chatting with a neighbour and she flops down at my feet. The neighbour just thinks she's being "good," but I know how hard we've worked at it."Settle" is probably my most-used sanity and embarrassment saving command in public.