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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by redginald, Feb 11, 2012.
Another walk n the snow with the kids and cooper again, a few pics
He always has such a serious expression on his little face!
Honestly i would have to smooch that gorgeous face of his, he is stunning!
lovely pics of the ever adorable Cooper,:001_wub:
still don't believe he is a git though!!
His face does suit his personality to be honest, he is a grumpy git!
Aww i thought he looks more quizzical and slightly bemused. Bless his floppy chops.
He is very cute
Lovely, scrummy puppy-and-snow??? What's that??!!x
looks can be deceiving
I did notice today that his aggression towards dogs happens if a dog comes in between him and the pushchair. A springer was going crazy around us and passed inbetween cooper and the pushchair, as soon as he did cooper got nasty. I noticed he was only aggressive when dogs got close to the kids but this springer didn't approach the kids he just passed between them and cooper.Don't know what we can do about it but at least i know what causes it to avoid it.
Whats what ??
He's a lovely looking young lad and have to agree he does look very serious - a pipe and hat would go down well I reckon.
I never realised DDB's were so protective, once knew a female (Clementine) who used to play with Flynn back in the good old days when I actually let him play with dogs before he started having ops and less socialisation. Don't do that with Cooper, integrate him as much as possible because it's so very hard once they are fully mature and great big dogs. If I could turn back the clock I would do things differently but then he would still have had to have his ops and been away from dogs I suppose.
Anything he has problems with now sort and don't leave it til later when it could be too late!
Weve been trying to, most weekends we take him to the dog park but he does seem to try and protect the kids from other dogs (since the 1st walk he had) If i walk him alone and we bump into other dogs he doesn't even growl at them, something we will have to work on!
I think I'd socialise him more on his own, just a few walks without them and get him used to dogs while he's young - of course he will have to see dogs with your children too but after what I go through with Flynn I would do anything not to have that now. At least you know why he does what he does so at least you have a way of dealing with it.
Sometimes I look at other peoples dogs and think - God I wish Flynn were like that - yet when I think of what breed I will get when he's gone (many, many years from now, lol) I think how boring it would be to have a dog that just slots in and is perfect. I feel so proud of what Flynn and I have achieved but I wish things could have been different with his DA because now he is scared of dogs and I feel so sorry for him and me for that matter. No lovely walks in the park for us, just the same old street walks day in day out so as we don't meet off lead dogs. It's no fun and I really hope you can sort Cooper out while he's young, am sure you can.
I know what you mean, we didn't train Redd at all as a pup, yet we were very lucky because although a handful he never showed any aggression to anybody or anything, i've met labs that are like service dogs when indoors....no thanks. With Coop i was determined to get it right from the start (we havent been able to arrange puppy classes as none avaliable that we could attend) yet it's hard to tell as he still puppy Cooper has alot of attitude, I don't feel it's nothing we have done.
You may be being a bit hard on yourself about Flynn, i think you can have alot of a say in how a dog grows up and how they behave, but i think some dogs will naturally be more/less aggressive etc like people. In fact i have no doubt, people will tell me differently, that all dogs are the same at birth etc but i don't believe in it. Since having Coop iv'e seen traits that i'm not used to, but was aware i may encounter them with this breed so will hopefully make it work!!