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Nervous Pup

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by SamBicker, May 24, 2019.


  1. SamBicker

    SamBicker PetForums Newbie

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    You have probably inadvertently overdone the socialisation and he has been overwhelmed by the other dogs.

    I’d now keep a distance from other dogs so he is able to relax and reward that calmness.

    Gradually, you can try reducing the distance but I’d limit interactions with just a few trusted dogs that he is comfortable with and avoid the rest tbh
     
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    As above.

    At 10 months of age your dog is a young adolescent (not really a puppy any more) and will be beginning to think for himself. He is obviously a little shy around strange dogs and so asks (by showing a number of signs and eventually by barking) for a little space from them. By over ruling his request for space and trying to force him to interact you risk escalating, not reducing his fear. Understand what he is saying and give him space - keep a distance and help him relax when there are strange dogs around by letting him know that he doesn't have to have them in his face and only needs to interact when he is ready. In this way he can see for himself that 'there is no danger'.

    Slow it down and hopefully he will settle.

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    Good advice, why put him through it when you can see he is not comfortable?
     
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    If he's approaching other dogs and then showing this behaviour then he really needs keeping on a leash. It's only a matter of time before he does it to the wrong dog and gets himself in real trouble or causes a serious issue for another dog.

    He needs to be taught to ignore the other dogs if he doesn't want to interact, not to go up to them and try to scare them away. Get him interacting with you, reward that, make walks about you and him time. Be proactive about sending other dogs on their way if they approach him. Lots of rewards for being around other dogs at a distance he's comfortable with and not barking at them.
     
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    I found this book and DVD helped with my training with my girl Labrador Bella, I found I was training her to hard and expecting too much anyways here is a Link
     
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    Hmm let me share sorry guys and girls
     
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    This ^
     
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