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Lotus is a poo eater :( not hers or daisys but big old turds in the park some scab hasn't picked up!!! I don't know how to stop it!! I like her to have off leash time so she can tear about and gain some confidence but the poo eating is grossing me out as I dunno what's in it!! Any ideas other than keep her on a lead or follow her like a lost puppy???

Other thing is her confidence I am trying so hard for her to gain some she's getting there v slowly (she's 14 weeks) but she carries her tail quite low when she's out and about she also barks her head off (funny enough her tail is carried correctly then) at big dogs or v bouncy dogs and I know it's because she's nervous!!! Daisy was v nervous too and just blocked from sniffing but she is fine now unless it's large groups if big dogs.

Anyway I'm socialising her like mad she's a bit funny around men but yesterday she gave my dad love after chicken bribes so I've invited my male friends to come meet her in hope of sorting that out and I take her to 2 parks a day plus the school so it's not like I'm not socialising her. Her confidence is better than it was her ears are always up now rather than being glued to her head. But I need other ideas to get her out her shell!!!

I'm correcting her barking and after a couple of corrections she quiets down so I'm not over bothered by that just her shyness

We don't have socialisation classes here so any ideas would e fab

Were off to the pet shop now to see if that helps
 

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We used the school run to help out with socialisation, and took Maisie round bootsales/boot fairs which worked really well. She's still a little nervous if someone puts their hand down but shes a million times better now than she was a few weeks ago!
 

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What you have just said sounded as if you were talking about Lily,when she was that age.Poo eating,yes she did that,got a pet corrector (Air in a canister ),also the barking she would do it at other jumpy dogs and loads of people as well ,again the pet corrector.Now she's fine.
 

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Sarah, I'd just keep doing what you're doing as far as socializing goes. If she's gotten better already...I'd say she's doing wonderful! The vital "window" of socialization is open until 18 weeks so you still have plenty of time. :) Oh...what about setting up a play group of smaller dogs & their owners? That way there will be other dogs & people around for her to get used to. If everyone has the same goal (socialization) it makes it easy to work on. You can all switch pups & such & give nummy treats. Sounds like a lot of work to put together but I'm thinking it would be fun & helpful! I saw something on tv once about a play group called "dogs & drinks" or something. LOL Everyone got together, had a few drinks (which loosened up the owners) and in turn it made the dogs relax & socialize better. ;) Wish they had something like that around here. LOL

As for the poo eating...YUCK!! But who can blame her if that poo is from icky kibble fed dogs. LOL Short of picking up what you see prior to letting her off leash (ewwie!) - just keep correcting the behavior when you see it.
 

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We used the school run to help out with socialisation, and took Maisie round bootsales/boot fairs which worked really well. She's still a little nervous if someone puts their hand down but shes a million times better now than she was a few weeks ago!
Haha she doesn't care about the kids or the dogs there she sits under my feet she reacts at random times I have to laugh
What you have just said sounded as if you were talking about Lily,when she was that age.Poo eating,yes she did that,got a pet corrector (Air in a canister ),also the barking she would do it at other jumpy dogs and loads of people as well ,again the pet corrector.Now she's fine.
Oh I might look into that if I can't do it myself!! The barking is hard not to laugh at coz she proper shouts lol

Sarah, I'd just keep doing what you're doing as far as socializing goes. If she's gotten better already...I'd say she's doing wonderful! The vital "window" of socialization is open until 18 weeks so you still have plenty of time. :) Oh...what about setting up a play group of smaller dogs & their owners? That way there will be other dogs & people around for her to get used to. If everyone has the same goal (socialization) it makes it easy to work on. You can all switch pups & such & give nummy treats. Sounds like a lot of work to put together but I'm thinking it would be fun & helpful! I saw something on tv once about a play group called "dogs & drinks" or something. LOL Everyone got together, had a few drinks (which loosened up the owners) and in turn it made the dogs relax & socialize better. ;) Wish they had something like that around here. LOL

As for the poo eating...YUCK!! But who can blame her if that poo is from icky kibble fed dogs. LOL Short of picking up what you see prior to letting her off leash (ewwie!) - just keep correcting the behavior when you see it.
She is a totally different dog to what she was 2 weeks ago I think she is naturally shy and I know she will get there but I just wanna try everything I can to help her

The group is a good idea but I'd have to get insurance for it I think it would be fab I dunno I'll look into the necessaries for it

Ah man the poo is rank she's jut so proud of herself as I'm screaming like a banshee haha needless to say I'm gonna worm her earlier lol
 
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