Hello to all.
Sorry if I have been a bit absent life has just been a little chaotic as of recent. Lycia and I are in very new and interesting circumstances, so I thought I would pick your brains for some advice. We just moved to Paris, and for Lycia this is a rather rude shock compared to the tranquil life she enjoyed in Switzerland. My normally well rounded girl is afraid of everything…and all her little "vices" have become, much much more pronounced.She had a extraordinary well exposed puppyhood, where she was immersed in all kinds of different actives, with different people and places. And while I accredit her confident nature with people to that... I'm at loss at what to do with her recent phobia of any metallic noise, something crashing, or people bustling about with weird packages. Odd objects don't frighten her in the house, but they do on the street. She goes wild and starts pulling on the lead for blocks to run away. I'm a little at loss on how to make strangers with on the street with a ladder, "unscary."
This will be a small blemish on my parenting, but she has always been just barely passable on her ability to walk decently on lead. We worked on it a lot as a puppy, but she never seemed to care, despite the training efforts. And where I lived, some pulling here and there wasn't a cause for concern. Now that we are dealing with hundreds and hundreds of people moving randomly on the streets, it seems the leash manners will have to be cleaned up. We tried doing the turn around and go in the opposite way, and the long leading, and treating for staying by me but she ends up zig zagging and pulling (oh yes she wears a sensation harness) anyway when she is afraid or impatient. ideas??
Finally, because I haven't had to work for the past few months, we haven't spent much time apart. Now that it will be necessary for me to return to work, I'm a little worried about Lycia's reaction to being alone. Ever since she was a baby, she has been a extremely people oriented dog. I started crate training her since 10 weeks and, she was left on average 5 hours a day. After I stopped working, she just started to come along to everything. I noticed she was never bitter about the crate, she would often take her treats in there, but it was never "her place" despite my attempts to make it so, by feeding her inside, positive reinforcements, extra special etc. She never even touched a stuffed Kong or bully stick if I was at work, she just destroyed the bedding and wailed. From time to time she did sleep while I was gone, but I'm sure the neighbors will attest to the fact she howled more than she slept.... can I re-introduce her into spending alone time now she is over one years old? I was thinking of possibly looking into a DAP collar for her..
I know this is long, but I like to give details. your thoughts and comments, and or reading materials are always welcome. thanks a bunch