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Well, as many of you will know, I have been after an IRWS bitch for a while and thanks to the power of ES and Gaye O'Connor, a couple of weeks ago we finally got little Poppy.
She's a nervous little thing in new situations but around the house she's an absolute delight! The children love her and our eldest dog adores her. Darcey has taken a little while to warm to her but I think she's a bit put out now she's not the only setter in the house! :D
It seems to be a red and white thing. I have 4 and 3 of them did it. As you say best ignore it and when you see her about to squat just give her a gentle push sideways on the shoulder and put her off balance dont say anything though, then carry on as normal.
Hope this helps Mary
Poppy is mainly when nervous. I've told people that when they come into the house - and they don't know her - to just completely ignore her and avoid eye contact. I know that sounds really cruel but then she can just go to them when she feels comfortable. This seems to be working so fingers crossed.
We've got workman coming in a couple of weeks so hopefully that won't scare her too much.
As I said though, she does seem to be improving on a daily basis.
Emma, don't stress <g>
Stay calm and quiet and gentle. Totally ignore the 'bad' stuff - unless it's doing something dangerous! and praise good stuff (without hype, tho'!) Take Poppy to as many places you can and ask people not to overwhelm her with fuss until she has got used to them.
She'll soon grow out of this wariness.
She's certainly settling now, I took her everyday at home time - to school - and I think the hustle and bustle really helped.
We had builders in on Wednesday and she just barked at them, with I was pleased about as none of the others bark, well, Darcey does a royal woof which wouldn't scare anyone off!
Next thing to tacke will be fireworks but hopefully she'll be fine with those.