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    I had a bad experience with Lily yesterday. We were outside and our neighbors were walking their little 4 mo old min. beagle. Lily went nuts and started barking and growling at the puppy who is way smaller than her. I was horrified. She has never exhibited this kind of behavior, and she is usually the one who cowers when around other dogs. She was fine with the owners licking them and wagging her tail, but every time we tried to put her nose to nose with the puppy, she would growl and bark. She is extremely attached to me, as I am with her all day. She only sees a few people, all famiy, besides me and hubby, but when she does she loves them. She has started barking at the neighbors too when she is on the deck.

    I called yesterday to get her in a training class. The trainer said because she is so small, she could put her in puppy class, or put her in a beginner class. The beginner class will have dogs of all sizes, and I think this will freak her out, but I don't want her to be aggressive to the puppy's in the other class. She also said she would see what dogs are signed up for beginners, if any are too large she recommends puppy class. I could just kick myself for not getting her in a puppy class when she was little. The trainer said we need to nip this behavior in the bud. I am so upset, I don't know where my sweet little baby has gone. She is still very sweet with humans, but I can't have her doing this to little puppies. What should I do? Puppy class or beginners?
    Sharon,
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    hi shay

    don't beat yourself up! it sounds like lily has turned out to be a wonderful little girl even without a puppy class this new behaviour might also be a stage....indy went through a stage where he was 'too independent' to sit in our laps and broke our hearts for about 3 weeks until he moved on i'm sure that the training classes will sort any issues out!

    lily probably just needs a bit of socialization and she'll be greeting other dogs with smother hugs. i'd recommend going with the trainer's recommendation. they will best be able to judge by the size and type of dogs in each class which one lily would best fit into. sometimes even the puppy classes have big dogs---indy was almost flipped over by a 4 month-old rottweiler after one of our training classes and that was friendly play!

    are there any doggie day cares near you? you could also take lily there for a day or two a week to get her used to being around other dogs. we have the opposite problem---indy gets so overcome with excitement that he runs to make friends with agressive growling dogs.

    good luck and let us know what you decide!

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    Hey Shay

    Im going through the same issues as you. A lot of the times when I take Ellie out for a walk she ends up growling at people she sees. Many of them will try to pet her and she growls and hides behind me. I contacted some trainers and schools in my area and even though she is almost 7 months old they all say she can join in on their puppy classes. Im still trying to decide which one is the best for us. Good luck and don't worry about it. I think puppies go through a fear stage right around this time (this is what I was told by many) and its just something they have to work through Let me know what happens with Lily
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    If it were up to me, I would put her in the puppy class. Usually in puppy class there is off lead socialization, which is what she needs! She is still a puppy herself, and she is a 'softer' breed. I think you'll be surprised how well she'll do once she is off her leash with the other puppies.

    Our training center let both India and Geordie into a puppy class even though they were past the age of the other puppies. Their decision was based on the fact that they are cavaliers.
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    A puppy class will be really good for her Shay. You will be surprised at how quickly she will acclimate with a good trainer and other pups.
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    Your trainer sounds really good with her suggestions and checking into who is registered in what class for you - so it must feel good to know you've got excellent help. I would wait for her suggestion and perhaps suggest if you could go to a class in session now at the end of it to see how she is with the puppies or older dogs. If that is possible it might help in easing your worry a bit. Depending on how close these classes run together maybe if you start in one and then feel the other the was better choice you could just switch.

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    I have Mona in puppy class, she was 5 months old when it started. It's a great low key class, and she and you will find it a lot of fun. You can always do another one later when she's older.

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    Thanks guys for all the help, I need you again please....The trainer called me today to say that she has only one other puppy signed up for puppy class, also a spaniel. We weren't home when she called, so she left a message, and I didn't get to talk to her. She said the class goes on even if just one dog signs up. It starts Thursday. If no other dogs sign up, and it's just Lily and the other dog, do you think she will get enough socialization with just one other dog? Or should I wait for the beginner class that starts in 2 weeks which will probably have more dogs. What should I do?????
    Sharon,
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    At the Bridge, Chloe, Lhasa Apso.

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    Is the class in a facility or a petsmart/ petco? if the latter, definately do it because there will be lots of other dogs to interact with, we are always walking around the store.

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    Hi Nancy, it is at Petsmart, and I really like the trainer. She plays with Lily every time we go in. She knew the first time I brought her in she was a Cavalier. Well, I guess a trainer would, right .

    I do like this trainer a lot better than the other one I talked to a few times. She just seems more outgoing than the other lady.
    Sharon,
    Mom to Bleinham Cavaliers Lily, 5 years old, and Alfie, 8 year old puppy mill rescue.
    At the Bridge, Chloe, Lhasa Apso.

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