What does "calm"- mean, mommy?
|Barked: Sat Jul 20, '13 3:53am PST |
|I could really use some advice here.. I have a 2 and a half year old female Lab that could use some extra socializing. I have had her since she was 8 weeks old, but unfortunately I didn't socialize much when she was younger. It hasn't been much of a problem, at least I thought it wasn't, until I took her and my other 2 dogs to the vet last week.
She isn't an aggressive dog by my own definiton, but she's a bit scary when you first meet her. She barks and growls non stop until, in her mind, you aren't a threat. No matter what I do or say will stop her. She doesn't advance toward new people or snap at hands or anything, she just SOUNDS intimidating.
So at the vet yesterday, we met with our regular vet and Roxy freaked out for a bit, but after a few treats acted just like she would any other time, lovable and playful and wanting to please you. But then a vet we don't normally deal with came in to explain how to administer my males ear medication (he had a yeast infection) and Roxy just FLEW OFF THE HANDLE. Again, nothing I did or said curbs the barking and growling. The vet put his palm out for her to smell but all she did was nudge his hand away and continue with her vocalizing.
I want to take her everywhere I can to help get her used to more people, but how can I do that and how can it do any good if she scares everyone she meets? I know it was my responsibility to socialize her at a young age, but I really didn't know much about having a puppy then. I've learned a LOT since I got her but I just don't know how I should handle this.
I've thought about training classes. But I'm scared she'll get kicked out before anything good comes from it.
On another note, I've recently gotten another female. She is quite well behaved compared to Roxy, but if Roxy gets barking Lilly follows suit and then they are both unstoppable. I have a feeling that if I could find a way to get Roxy's bad behavior under control it would end with Lilly too.