I’m not confident.
With humans, that is.
Training a Great Pyrenees or other Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD) is not an easy task. You have to be confident. You have to be ready to be challenged.
I’m confident in my ability to handle an independent-minded Great Pyrenees.
I’m not confident in my ability to handle other people.
One of the biggest challenges many people face is ensuring their dog greets other people properly. The definition of “properly” varies from person to person, but it involves all paws on the floor. Because I have such big dogs, I prefer them to be in a sit or down when being greeted.
Mauja and Atka don’t jump on people, but they tend to be a bit wiggly since they’re still puppies. Not to mention Atka likes to lean on people – he could knock you over if you’re not prepared!
I know the most effective way to work on this skill. Ask the individual wanting to pet them to wait until both of my dogs are in a sit. Once they are seated and calm, the individual can pet them.
It is so easy, but I never do it.
Instead, as people approach Mauja and Atka with outstretched hands asking if they can pet them (as they are already petting them), I go with it. It isn’t the best decision. Not only does it reinforce the wigglebutts, it means I have to try to get the fluffies into a sit or down while they are being gawked over. This makes their training very inconsistent. Mauja and Atka don’t have a clear understanding of my expectations of them. Can they stand or do they have to sit when people approach them? They don’t know because I’m not confident enough to provide them with consistency.
Do you ask people to wait before interacting with your dog? Any recommendations on how to improve my confidence?
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