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Alfie has decided he doesnt like strangers

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Buggles, Aug 4, 2009.


  1. Buggles

    Buggles PetForums Senior

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    Yesterday my mum had a doctors appointment so me and Alfie went with her so that I could stand in the carpark to socialise Alfie with cars, people etc.

    We were standing there for over half an hour and only one person bothered to talk to him. As Alfie was on the floor, she crouched down to stroke him but stood far enough back not to scare him, she put her hand out for him to sniff and usually he would have been jumping all over her. Instead, he growled at her! He wasnt being nasty, he was unsure I think. She stayed there for a few seconds longer which I thought was nice of her as most people would have run a mile lol. Anyway, she gave up and I appologised saying he's never done that before. She said she has a 4 month old puppy so Alfie can probably smell him/her. Alfie is almost 4 months old as well. Could it have been the other puppy's smell?

    After that a family (nan, grandad and a boy about 6) got in their car next to us and spoke to Alfie, who then barked at them! Again, not his normal behaviour.
     
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    goodvic2 PetForums VIP

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    I wouldn't worry about it too much. Did he get lots of socialisation between 6-12 weeks, as this is the most important time?

    If he continues this behaviour, then try getting people to come up to you, but ignore the dog. If he is feeling slightly anxious then it is better for people to ignore him and let HIM go to them.

    I suppose the thing to rememeber with dogs is they are not robots and their feelings and behaviour can change at any time. It is how we deal with it that prevents it escelating. Just remember not to force people on him, but allow him to explore others at his own pace.

    Good luck and well done for addressing it early x
     
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    alphadog PetForums VIP

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    I doubt it was anything to do with the smell of another dog. Perhaps on this occasion half an hour was too long, especially if this is one of the first times you've been in a situation with Alfie where there are lots of new experiences. Pups get tired easily and all the commotion might simply have been too much in one go

    Try again as often as you can, but maybe only for short periods of 5 or 10 minutes and then build it up gradually. Hopefully he will start to feel more confident and less likey to feel the need to give out the verbal warnings!
     
  4. Buggles

    Buggles PetForums Senior

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    Thank you for the advice

    Unfortunately he didn't get a lot of socialisation between 6 & 12 weeks. We didn't get him until 10 weeks and the day we had him I came down with swine flu and was in hospital for a couple of days, then the day I came out of hospital mum got swine flu and neither of us were up to going out until Alfie was about 14 weeks old :( Hence why we are doing all we can to get him out and socialised now.

    The lady he growled at had very long black hair which could be another reason he growled? He hasn't met anybody with long hair like that!
     
  5. goodvic2

    goodvic2 PetForums VIP

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    Unfortunatley because you missed this crucial period it will have an affect, to some degree on his social skills. That being said, it is never too late!

    I always advise people that have nervous dogs, to allow the dog to go to the person. Try to "employ" some people whom you can take your dog to and introduce him that way. i.e friends and family who he doesn't know.

    The important thing is, is that people must totally ignore the dog, even down to no eye contact. This will enable the dog to feel safe and explore people, but under his own steam. The more people ignore him and he is allowed to get used to them, then the quicker it will be for him to stop this behaviour.

    Hope this help, good luck x
     
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    I found the best way for my boy to get used to people and traffic was to throw him in the car go the supermarket, then walk around the carpark for 5/10 mins then come away again. He stopped being scared of cars and got used to people walked past him though a few stopped to say hello. He accepted the attention better when he was on the move rather than just staying still.
     
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