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PLEASE HELP: other dogs attacking my pup

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by mags56, Aug 5, 2009.


  1. mags56

    mags56 PetForums Newbie

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    My puppy is a lab cross springer and 4 months old.* Every time I walk her and we meet two dogs together they attack.... seemingly unprovoked.* Today there were two collie crosses that launched themselves at her from a good 500 yards away. Fortuneately I managed to pick her up befor they arrived.. teeth bared and growling.* I barked at them louder still and they backed off.* I didn't know I had it in me!* I am finding the whole experience of dog walking so traumatic now and don't know quite how to proceed.... Am I doing something wrong... do we look wrong, smell wrong, act wrong.?????* All the owners say that their dogs don't normally act that way.I keep her on a lead as she can be quite bouncy and I am still not sure about calling her back as she is so young.* The dogs that have atacked have, of course, all been off lead. Any help or tips would be gratefully received as I am extremely worried.
     
  2. davehyde

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    awwww what a shame for the pup.

    aint got no tips re this , never heard of it before. but it's got to be traumatic for the poor thing.

    just noticed it is a she, could it possibly be that she has come into heat very early?
    do they actually attack or is it more bothering her so to speak, as they could smell that from a long was off.
    other than that i got no ideas.

    hope it gets better for her.
     
  3. mags56

    mags56 PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for your thoughts but I don't think she's in heat...it's definitely a full on attack with teeth, growls etc. If one dog approaches its' all waggy tails and a bit of bouncing from my pup and perhaps the odd telling off type of growl from the adult dog. All very handlable..... it's just when there are two!
    Thanks anyway!
     
  4. rona

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    How much socializing has your pup had up until now?
    When I got my dog at 20 months, although he had been walked a little around other dogs, I don't believe he had been allowed to react like a dog should and when he came to me, he was always being attacked for what seemed like no reason. His body language was all wrong, and other dogs seemed to think he was threatening.
    Has your pup had a bad experience with two dogs prior to being attacked, may be she is on a defensive stance when approached by more than one dog
     
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    Very strange problem. How many times has it happened vs the amount of times you have been on walks?
     
  6. davehyde

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    another thought, tho i may have missed it if you posted it.

    is it "any two dogs" or the same two?

    sometimes dogs take on a pack mentality and even the most docile little chi can turn into a snarling nightmare.

    just throwing ideas out tho as i dont really have a clue.

    maybe an idea would be to get together with a trainer at a session and keeping the dogs on lead let her meet two dogs with no pressure and the owners present.

    let them have a siff and a meet but dont interfere or interact unless something happens.
    if you can get her to meet two placid dogs and they dont react it may start to boost her confidence if she is giving out the wrong signals.
     
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    mags56 PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks everyone for your thoughts.... I had a word with a dog trainer about this and she thinks that she needs to hang out with more dogs to learn how to behave. I think I do too!!! as I am sure I look more worried about two dogs approaching us than she does! Since my last post we have walked and socialised her with more dogs and things seem so be improving... although time will tell. Fingers crossed anyway......thanks everyone.
     
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    I agree with the others that is could be your dog giving off the wrong signals, albeit unintentionally! Lots of socialising should help.

    Try to avoid picking her up though, this will give her the sense of an elevated status over other dogs and can confuse/challenge the other dogs too. I know that when a (usually little) dog is picked up near my dog, only then will she starts to show interest and will even jump up to get to the other dog - then I really struggle to call her back and invariably the other owner starts to panic .... then the whole situation gets silly! :rolleyes:
     
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    yes that is a good point..though it is hard! It does seem to be getting better though and she is growing in confidence more as am I! She now seems to read other dogs better and is learning to give out more apropriate signals. If she sees another suspiciously dominant dog she lies down before we even get near it which is OK but sometimes other dogs have attacked her like this so I try to get her to walk past without paying them any attention.....not sure if that's right but there you go, and it 's not all that easy. I do think that my own behaviour can trigger them off so I try to be as calm and bossy looking as possible :). Still... at least it's improving!!
     
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