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Old 03-12-2009, 04:44 PM
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Puppy trauma

Another question on my 14-week old new puppy. We were out for a walk today in an area where I didn't think any other dogs would be. Wrong! Someone had two huge dogs off a leash... when I realised they might see us, I scooped up my pup. Unfortunately, the big dogs eventually spotted us and bounded over. Friendly but huge. My wee one squealed and squirmed in my arms and the big dogs scampered off.

I stayed calm, walked with him to a nearby spot, put him down and did some basic commands that he knows (sit and shake). He did those fine, and I gave him lots of praise. Then we went home for calm and cuddles.

I'm concerned about what residual effect that encounter might have. What if anything can I do help him (besides being extra cautious about where I walk him in the future, obviously!!)?
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Old 03-12-2009, 04:52 PM
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Re: Puppy trauma

um...why did you scoop him up? Why didn't you just leave him on his leash and introduce him to those two dogs? You're not doing much for his socialisation by just scooping him up. You're not teaching him anything except to be fearful of other dogs.

When you see dogs running up, off lead put your dog on his leash and let the dogs meet each other and sniff around.
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Re: Puppy trauma

I've got a puppy about the same age as yours. She's been approached a lot by large dogs, I let her deal with it. If she's off lead, I leave her off. Mostly she's fine, a couple of times she's been knocked over by accident, squealed a bit - but she's straight back out there, approaching the same dog that just bounced her and playing with it.

By picking your puppy up, you're just teaching it that other dogs are a threat it has to be protected from.
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Re: Puppy trauma

I agree with everyone else, not that I'm an expereinced dog owner. My understanding is that puppies need to meet and greet lots of dogs. By scooping him up you are teaching him there is something to fear.

I'm not actually sure dogs realise their size? I took my Ridgeback puppy to a puppy paty last night and he was being bullied by a tiny spaniel about a tenth of this size.

Mu puppy can't go out yet but he plays with our neighbour's dog who is huge, he has to get used to it. At first he was taken aback by her bounding at her but now they play well together, and it wears him out
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Re: Puppy trauma

Yeah you really shouldn't have picked her/him up.

i always let other dogs come up to Daisy (who was TINY) she got flicked up and flipped in a boxers legs, she got growled at, layed on ..you name it.

and now she's totally sociable. loves everything and everyone. doesnt growl doesnt run away she's brilliant.


Her sister (my OH's parents have her) is the opposite and i honestly think it all stems down from them scooping her up should another dog come close. they still do it now! she growls. she bites. she runs away and ignores commands.

just try to relax. it's honestly for the best. it wouldn't hurt for them to be confronted as well as it lets them know what they can/ cant get away with when other dogs are involved.
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Re: Puppy trauma

OK, I'm hearing it's best to let him deal with the big dogs himself. What went through my mind was an 'uh-oh' as the vet has told me to keep my pup away from strange dogs til he has had all his shots (he didn't get them from the breeder). So I thought there might be danger to his health if they were sniffing each other. I'm not quite sure why the advice to keep him away from strange dogs, but I've heard it from several people and thought it best to not let them make physical contact.

And a word on timing, I'd been holding him earlier and he'd been down on the ground only a minute or two before the car with the other dogs drove up. So I just picked him up again. It was a good minute or two before the other dogs saw us, and I doubt my guy made a direct link between the big dogs and being picked up.

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Re: Puppy trauma

There is another potential problem that hasn't been brought up. In some dogs, if you lift another dog over their head it creates an aggressive response. No all, but enough for me to say that it is generally a bad idea.

Secondly, by lifting the pup you take away it's option to withdraw from the situation if it feels uneasy. This makes it so that they try to make the approaching dog go away - by aggressive means.
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Re: Puppy trauma

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OK, I'm hearing it's best to let him deal with the big dogs himself. What went through my mind was an 'uh-oh' as the vet has told me to keep my pup away from strange dogs til he has had all his shots (he didn't get them from the breeder). So I thought there might be danger to his health if they were sniffing each other. I'm not quite sure why the advice to keep him away from strange dogs, but I've heard it from several people and thought it best to not let them make physical contact.

And a word on timing, I'd been holding him earlier and he'd been down on the ground only a minute or two before the car with the other dogs drove up. So I just picked him up again. It was a good minute or two before the other dogs saw us, and I doubt my guy made a direct link between the big dogs and being picked up.
Why were you even walking your puppy outside if it hasn;t had it;s shots yet??

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OK, I'm hearing it's best to let him deal with the big dogs himself. What went through my mind was an 'uh-oh' as the vet has told me to keep my pup away from strange dogs til he has had all his shots (he didn't get them from the breeder). So I thought there might be danger to his health if they were sniffing each other. I'm not quite sure why the advice to keep him away from strange dogs, but I've heard it from several people and thought it best to not let them make physical contact.

And a word on timing, I'd been holding him earlier and he'd been down on the ground only a minute or two before the car with the other dogs drove up. So I just picked him up again. It was a good minute or two before the other dogs saw us, and I doubt my guy made a direct link between the big dogs and being picked up.
The reason your vet was warning you to keep your pup away from other dogs till he has his shots is they can pass on disease, what he should have told you is that the same diseases can be passed on just from your pup walking on the ground where other dogs have been, you need to carry your dog until his shots are complete and only let him down in areas where you are certain no dogs have been, like your garden.
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Re: Puppy trauma

Ouch -- I sure wish I had had that extra bit of information from the vet. I would not have had him out if I'd known that!!!

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