This is Bojangles, my two-year-old Havanese.
Since he is my first dog, I tried to read all I could about raising a puppy. Ian Dunbar, http://www.dogstardaily.com, suggested that a puppy needed to meet at least 100 people before it turned 12 weeks. I fell short.
First, Bojangles had Giardia when we got him and I didn’t want him to infect other dogs. Next, I didn’t have 100 friends to introduce to him. I think we got as close as 87 by the time he was 16 weeks.
Luckily, I found a wonderful, pawsitive and force-free trainer — Helen Del Bove of Smarty Paws. After a few private training sessions, Bojangles learned to love his crate, walk with a leash, and calmly sit by the front window. Last Spring, he earned a certificate in “Basic Manners”. This Spring, he is registered for puppy playgroup and an agility class.
If you’re in the NY area and interested in a positive dog trainer, I highly recommend Helen. Here is her website: http://www.smartypawsny.com
Bojangles is still sort of shy and anti-social (sorta like his mama). But we’re working on it.
Do you have a shy dog? Please share with us some ideas on how you got your dog to be less shy.