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Hello new and after help off North West / Wigan members

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Sprocket, Oct 16, 2013.


  1. Sprocket

    Sprocket PetForums Newbie

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    Hello All,

    I'm abit lost and after some help off anybody local to me.

    I live in Wigan!

    I have a beautiful 16month old male English Bull Terrier named Sprocket.

    He is amazing :)

    Here he was on his first birthday

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    He is a good boy and loves to learn new tricks and commands! He was well socialised and attended puppy obediance course and now does rally every saturday morning. Here's a video of him practising at home with me

    Sprocket the English Bull Terrier - training - YouTube

    My issue is he loveeeeeesssss other dogs, maybe abit toooo much! He wants to play with every dog he see's. I worry that he hasnt established good doggy manners yet and I really want him too. I'm hoping alot of it is age related but I really could do with getting to know people who would be happy help me. I need people with dogs who would be willing to correct Sprocket when he's being too boisterious/rude jumping up. But also a dog that would be happy play and run :)

    As you can see from the youtube video's he's a lovely lad despite the stigma and hate we recieve because of his breed.
    When I've had dogs be quite nasty with him he never even growls or barks back at them.
    We have hit adolosence at the moment so I dont mind waiting incase that makes it more difficult for anyone.

    I wish I could afford another dog (pet insurance more than anything puts me off) so he had company and someone play with.
    He obeys so well until there is another dog close by and he goes deaf because he wants play!
    (apart from in his rally class tut)

    When I sometimes am able meet up with a work collegue and her dog I don't need worry because once he has "a buddy" he stays with them. Her dogs recall is great so whenever she calls him Sprocket will follow too, even with other new dogs present, it is almost like he just wants a friend bless him.


    Soooooo sorry for the essay I'm after any help / advice / pointing in the right direction / stories and examples of things you may have experienced similair with your dogs?


    Many thanks for making it to the end of this lol

    Kelly & Sprocket

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  2. Sprocket

    Sprocket PetForums Newbie

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    So nobody has nothing?
     
  3. JenKyzer

    JenKyzer PetForums VIP

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    Aww he's gorgeous :D I couldn't read and run after seeing those cute pics!

    Not sure why no one's commented.. normally at least 1 or 2 will point you in the right direction.. maybe because it was titled for north-west/wigan areas? (one of the reasons why i did look as i'm lancashire :D )

    You could try in the 'Dog training and behaviour' part of the forum? (even looking through other peoples threads?)
    Many people who aren't in the north-west will have great advice for you so maybe change the title to something about EBT socialising help ? There's a few EBT's on here :D I'm sure if you include his breed in the title you'll catch some more eye's ;)

    Sorry, i have no help, i'm the opposite - Willow would much rather be left alone :p
     
  4. Born to Boogie

    Born to Boogie PetForums VIP

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    Sprocket is cute :)
    I can't offer any help but I can sympathise :) My boy is 4 and is just starting to turn the corner, from full on, naughty boy :D:D
     
  5. Tigerneko

    Tigerneko PetForums VIP

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    I would have a look on google for any dog training clubs local to you, they are usually held in church halls/community centres. They are ideal for socialising & teaching your dog how play politely with other dogs :)

    I know how you feel though, I have just got a 3 year old Rottweiler and she is exactly the same, she is SO bouncy and silly and just wants to play with every single dog she sees, but again, with Rotties having that same stigma attached to them, a lot of people don't want her to play with their dogs :( although I have to say, most people in my local park have actually been really lovely and not at all negative, there are always one or two though.
     
  6. Sarah1983

    Sarah1983 PetForums VIP

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    I think perhaps part of the problem is a lot of people do not want to put their dog in a situation where it's going to have to put up with rude behaviour from another and "correct" the dog. Many dogs are completely and utterly unsuitable for this sort of thing and would either go way over board with the "correction" or be extremely intimidated or simply tolerate it, none of which would teach your boy anything at all. Except perhaps to fear other dogs or be a bully. You would be far better finding a trainer or behaviourist with suitable dogs and the right skills to help you than relying on random pet owners who may or may not be able to read the dogs and the situation.

    Personally I try to step in if I feel my dog is being rude or over the top with another dog and also if I can see that another dogs behaviour is p*ssing him off. I don't want him keep getting to the point where he feels defensive, I want him to trust that I will deal with any problems, that he doesn't need to resort to teeth. Obviously there are times when he has been corrected or given a correction but if I can avoid it happening I do. Very often if it's gotten to the point of teeth being shown or used then many other more subtle signs have been missed.

    My dog is also a huge fan of other dogs and his recall is iffy when one is within a certain distance. He's getting better with a lot of work from me. Having other dogs correct him when he's been over the top has not helped one bit with that. We're working hard on ignoring other dogs rather than meeting and greeting.
     
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