Took Kratos to the Dog Park

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Hey guys!
    So I took Kratos to the dog park yesterday and I felt so terrible at first!  All of a sudden as soon as we entered the gated park we were bombarded with dogs of all shapes and sizes.  They started sniffing, licking, biting, and pawing Kratos every which way; he was so overwhelmed that he yelped and peed himself!  It broke my heart to see him that instant, but none of the dogs were being mean he was just not used to it I guess.  After that cry for help though he met this gorgeous American Staffordshire Terrier around the same size as him and started playing with her.  They ended up getting along real well, I was ecstatic!  He needs some more doggy friends because he's use to being the only one here at the house, plus socialization is key.  I don't want him to be an overgrown bulldozer afraid of his own kind! ;D  Still I am going to keep on taking him so that he can continue socialization with his doggy buddies.  I took him today again, and well he did a lot better, he started playing more with the big dogs lol pun intended.

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Sounds like good progress to me.

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Yay for Kratos!

I took Izzy and the Yorkies to PetSmart Saturday to get her xposed to a lot of things. I had to drag Izzy through the door...latter she was dragging me everywhere.

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I know right I took him the other day too and he just wanted nothing to do with the place, but after a half hour of whimpering and being dragged around he finally warmed up to the place and then he didn't want to leave!  I was just dumbfounded how he quickly changed from one behavior to the other.

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They are both experiencing a new place for the first time and were unsure of it. Later, after becoming accustomed to it they start discovering all the neat smells, especially in the food isle.

Princess had gone through a recent change as well. Up to now she has led Red to the utility room as if she is going to the back door, but immediately whirled about and followed me (I was following Red) to bring up the rear. She would always wait until Red went out first. Now, however, she will go to the back door first and go out in front of Red.

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Sounds to me like Princess is now owning up to her name and taking charge Green!!! ;D

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I enjoy reading these new puppy stories.  They remind me so much of how Freyja acted after we first brought her home.  Boy has she changed.

The first time Freyja met another dog was at 8 weeks, when my son brought his 8 month old Pit Bull over.  Scared Freyja to death.  She peed the floor and tried to hide, while Mary Jane chased her around and tried to sniff her all over.  Of course my son, being the macho wannabe that he is, made fun of my young goddess.  It wasn't long though before Freyja and Mary Jane were playing like best friends. Now when Mary Jane comes over I kind of feel sorry for her because Freyja has so much energy and wants to play so much.  She won't give her a minute's rest.

When I first took Freyja around the neighborhood for introductions she was so timid she wouldn't walk up on their front porches.  I literally had to pick her up and carry her to the door and ring the doorbell.  At times I was worried about her mental makeup.  But as her confidence in herself developed all that changed.  Now at 19 months she seems very confident in herself wherever we go, and we go virtually everywhere together.  It's amazing to look back and see how far she has come from those early puppy days.

I tell these tales to encourage all with doberbabies.  They are not born the confident, majestic, fearless dobermans that we picture.  But given a loving enviroment they will become even better than you thought possible.  And you'll look back at the early days of your doberbaby and smile at how much they develped 

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I hope so Freyja's Dad, but from taking him to the park that first dreadful day to now he has really gotten the hang of the sniffing and playing with all the dogs.  I have been taking him everyday, and there is definitely progress, he still likes to stand in between my legs, but now he'll actually go and butt sniff other dogs!  Yesterday, there was this beautiful German Shepard puppy, and he spent the entire time playing with him.  I feel so bad because for the most part, from what I have seen, he's the smallest boy out of all the dogs.  Of course I don't get enough comments of people stopping me at the park, and just looking at his huge paws!  Everyone is so amazed at the fact that they are so big!  He is indeed going to be a big boy when he grows up!  I know in a couple months I won't be feeling sorry for him, instead I'll be feeling sorry for all the other dogs that he'll just be knocking over with his size! :D