Horrible walk

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  1. AmyRedd

    AmyRedd PetForums Member

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    Slowly realising the joys of small dog ownership!

    Walked Ted to the vets yesterday and he was being particularly *rsey. I'm not sure why as he'd been improving the past few weeks but this week he's been a nightmare. Pulling on his lead, jumping on hind legs and staring at other dogs (only because he wants to play but obviously not the right way to do it)... so I've been pretty much avoiding everyone. Yesterday I walked through the woods to get to the vets on the other side. I noticed a woman up ahead with a cavalier on a flexi and she was shouting to another dog in the woods. Ted spotted the cavalier and was being generally annoying so I just wanted to get past quickly. I kept him on the side furthest away from them to march him past. Before I could react this labradoodle charges out of the wood lands directly in front of Ted and there's a second where they just looked at each other before it pinned him down snarling :eek:. I pulled him out by his harness but the other dog had its front legs wrapped around his middle so it took some doing. Poor ted just looked totally confused.., didn't react or fight back in anyway.

    Then the woman had the audacity to say "Who started that?"! I was slightly in shock and said well it wasn't mine he's only 9 months? She was half heartedly telling her dog off as I left but could have been avoided if her dog had been on a lead like Ted was :(. I had the vet check him over and he's fine so the other dog wasn't attacking to injure.

    The whole experience made me feel so sh*t I feel like there must be something wrong with Ted for other dogs to react so badly to him but he spent all day with me in the local village last week at a play with loads of other dogs and got on brilliantly so I dont know! Just wanted to rant really as I know a lot of you on here have had similar experiences. I suppose next time I should just walk the other way if I see an off lead dog at least until mine doesn't have such bad manners....
     
  2. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    Sorry you had a walk spoiled by a thuggy dog :(

    I find that avoiding contact with most other people and their dogs is the answer and usually head off in the opposite direction if I spot anyone unknown or infamous! ;)

    This morning I walked round the lane to avoid a young and very boisterous off lead dog who was charging around all over the place, with an ineffective owner. I waited until it was re-leashed and heading out of the opposite gateway before cutting back across the field.

    I knew if it spotted us it would be tearing back across the field and jumping all over Jack! :(

    It looked like the owner just walked the dog to the field, let it off to tear around and let off some steam, then back on lead and home again. No engaging or training took place. Maybe it was their "day off" - but I doubt it! ;)

    As for your own dog's behaviour, is very hard for him to learn how to behave if he is being stimulated by other dogs, so avoiding them and rewarding him for good behaviour will help. :)
     
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    And of course because it's a Labradoodle it is completely harmless and just playing.....this is why I do not believe most peoples interpretations of how "friendly" their dogs are, as they are very often nothing of the sort. Hopefully Ted just shakes it off, he sounds the confident sort.

    We were charged but FIVE off lead barking terriers yesterday, my own dog on a short lead. Four of them came away but one wouldn't, so the mans way of dealing with it was to walk off with it following us. He didn't appear to be carrying any leads anyway, and they are same dogs that charged out of their house and surrounded my car when Juno was a little puppy.
     
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    Hope Ted is OK.
    It's so unfair that loose dogs spoil things for on lead dogs, Dillon was attacked by an off lead dog when he was about 2, it grabbed his back leg and wouldn't let go, it took 2 men to get him off, it's a good job he has such a thick coat was no real damage was done. but mentaly he still hasn't completely got over it, we still have to watch him around other dogs although he is much better now and has managed to make a few friends.
     
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    I think most people would walk their dogs off lead in woods unless they could not trust them to come back. Sounds like the labradoodle was completely taken by surprise at seeing poor Ted and it was just a very unfortunate incident.
     
  6. AmyRedd

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    See Ted would probably be that dog jumping all over other dogs at the moment but I keep him on a long line and try to distract him (doesn't work half the time but at least I try haha).

    Had to avoid a barking dog though and ted started barking and pulling towards it as well. He doesn't usually bark at all so maybe it's the effects from yesterday?

    I'm so used to other people moving out of the way and collecting their off lead dogs after having Jake our GSD x bear. He looked so intimidating but really couldn't of cared less about other dogs.

    I've noticed he's got big scratches on his stomach this morning so it definitely was not playing :( he's as bouncy as ever though. Met another off lead terrier round the corner afterwards that also ran towards him and ted had a sniff. It still growled at him though? :/

    Poor Dillon. I hope Ted doesn't have any lasting effects!

    I don't know... it wasn't responding to her calls at all until it saw Ted and then it charged over to us. It came out of the woods on the other side and had to actively cross the path to get to us so I don't think it was surprised.
     
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    This..... turning away, ignoring other dog walkers if you want to enjoy your walks.

    With impressionable dogs, such as young ones, those who have very little socialisation just err on the side of caution when playing with 'doggy friends' if your not completely great with dogs body language, they can pick up some pretty bad habits in the name of play and can make the 'every dog is my friend' type dog at the end of the lead. Dog neutral is really everybody's hope.
     
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  8. Popadilly

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    Is Ted still entire? I think the ages vary for different breeds, but during adolescence the testosterone peaks, which can cause some other dogs to react (it does drop down again). For my GSD I was very careful around 8-14 months which dogs we encountered.
     
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  9. AmyRedd

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    I really want Ted to be dog neautral. He's always been very obsessed with dogs since we got him and have tried hard to train him away from it but he has good days and bad days like everyone I suppose. Some days I can pass another dog on the same pavement without a peep and other days even a dog shaped blob on the horizon sends him loopy. I do let him interact with dogs I know and he has plenty of friends that play with him and teach him a few lessons. Just need to be more careful around off lead dogs I guess.

    He is yes. I have heard it can make neutered males a bit off with then around his age and I've definitely noticed that he gets on better with other intact males. How long does this stage last? I'll be a nervous wreck at the end of it at this rate haha
     
  10. Popadilly

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    I'm not entirely sure, I've seen 6-12 months and 10 months quoted. I'm sure it must vary across breeds, given that they mature at different rates. I tended to keep away from neutered dogs and other young males (if I knew them). Other than that we kept our distance as much as poss, and he just mixed with the steady bitches that my dog walker has.