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Having had his one night trial a couple of weeks back, we reluctantly put J in kennels while we did a child minding stint. When we picked him up today Rosie showed us a short video of him off lead in the paddock with 7 or 8 other dogs!! Since we got him 4 months ago he has been very reactive to other dogs when on lead and because of him biting our previous trainer's dog after a very unfortunate on lead introduction ( which I knew was going to go pear shaped and should have said no), I was beginning to think he was dog aggressive.
Rosie introduced him to two bombproof labs off lead first and as the week went on he got to play out with a carefully selected bunch of assorted dogs.. She said he hasn't got many dog social skills, barges past dogs to greet etc but also said we can train all we like but really only other dogs can teach things like that. We are just SO HAPPY that in time he will be able to accept some other dogs off lead.
The problem for him to meet off lead dogs where we are, is twofold. Some may not be as accepting of his cag handed attempts to socialise and I don't want him to have a bad experience and the speed he travels I need to have more confidence in his recall as even with a long line this old crow may not be able to grab him yet!!.
The other bit of good news he has worn his claws down so I can stop worrying about how to clip (for now)
 

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Rona, we were talking about that on the way home as she does do day care.
I am going to email her about it. The only snag is she boards a few rescue dogs so if he got on with one........... Nooooooooooooo!!!
 

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Rona, we were talking about that on the way home as she does do day care.
I am going to email her about it. The only snag is she boards a few rescue dogs so if he got on with one........... Nooooooooooooo!!!
Well; homing another would guarantee proper socialization ;)
 

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Please be careful! Most dog aggressive dogs won't launch into a new pack of unknown dogs, even if that's only 2, so although I don't want to burst your bubble it doesn't mean he'd be different with dogs without proper training.
 

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Thanks for the reality check BB we are working with a behaviourist, next visit Tuesday. I think that was what I was trying to say, that I wouldn't like to just let him "try".
He was interacting in a positive way with the other dogs and they were accepting his attempts to play.
 

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Sorry I panicked, as I know a daycare provider did this (she put it on her blog). What's not on her blog is that after a few sessions the dog got her confidence back and went for another dog quite badly.
 
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