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Nearly bit, now a bit timid around other dogs?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Epilum, Aug 30, 2014.


  1. Epilum

    Epilum PetForums Newbie

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    Hello.

    Sometimes I walk a female dog, she's a mix of something I don't remember at the top of my head. She isn't properly disciplined and very high energy. Anyway, she was attacked by another dog that was off the lead, she's fine thought. I really want to get her comfortable around other dogs as she absolutely love meeting new dogs. It's just that after the incident she has become very timid and it broke my heart when she wanted to run with these other dogs but I think she felt sort of like it was too much for her since she never joined in, she only watched them.

    Should I just keep exposing her to other dogs? Is there anywhere I can find other people in London that meet up to let their dogs out(she needs to be in a dog enclosure as like I said she isn't disciplined)? I go to these parks and most of the time everyone there has tiny dogs and they don't even want to take them in the enclosures. So most of the time she does not get to socialise. I want to try dedicate an hour a day to this. In the end there's only so much I can do when she's not my dog.
     
  2. Sarah H

    Sarah H Grand Empress of the Universe

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    Errrm...disciplined? I think you mean trained.

    Yes exposing her to other dogs is good, but make sure that she always sees it as a positive experience and no dogs are allowed to rush up to her. When she's being nice and calm praise her and give her treats (if the owner allows of course). You can then take a step towards the other dogs making sure she is calm and happy. Move away if she becomes stressed. Positive training and association will help her, not discipline.
     
  3. Epilum

    Epilum PetForums Newbie

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    I'm not English, so I think you're misunderstanding me. If training is the correct word, then that's what I mean. I.e, giving treats for sitting, teaching commands. Whatever. Thanks for your reply.
     
  4. Sarah H

    Sarah H Grand Empress of the Universe

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    Yes training is the correct term, discipline is generally used for reprimanding someone for doing something wrong and definitely not how to get a dog to do what you want!

    I'm glad she was ok after her attack, and if you can use your walks to show her that dogs are not all bad, then that will be great for her in the long run :)
     
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