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Should I let 'growly', over excited dogs approach my 4 mth old puppy

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Aleksandra_Kinig, Feb 8, 2018.


  1. Aleksandra_Kinig

    Aleksandra_Kinig PetForums Newbie

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    Should I avoid contact with dogs that arent that friendly towards my 4 month old puppy? Some of these dogs growl, snarl, bark and/or snap. Owners of these dogs say their dogs 'won't bite' and that they are just 'teaching' the puppy her place.
     
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    Yes I would avoid these dogs. Some of it depends on context though too. What is your puppy doing when they are snarling or snapping? Is the puppy getting overexcited/jumping on the other dogs? if the puppy is annoying the other dogs then another dog may turn around and snap to tell the puppy to stop that, but really it shouldn't get to this stage as you should intervene and take puppy away if it's overexcited.
    If other dogs are snapping for no reason, then yes, keep puppy away as you don't want her to get a bad association and start reacting first.
     
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    Aleksandra_Kinig PetForums Newbie

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    In one instance, it is another puppy (18 week old) that just barks and growls at my puppy for absolutely no reason. Basically as soon as it sees us. So yes, I will politely avoid. Thankfully today the lady had it on a lead but the other day she let it loose and it bounded right up to us with that 'attitude' so I had to pull it off my dog!
     
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    I don't think a puppy that age would be putting your dog in its place, it's still only a baby itself. It's probably overexcited/frustrated that it wants to say hello to your puppy and that's why it's barking and growling (some dogs can get a bit growly during play).
    Though, you did the right thing as the other owner shouldn't be letting their dog bound over to other dogs and annoy them. That's not the point of socialising puppies. The point of socialising puppies is to get them used to the outside world, which doesn't mean letting them go up to every dog and annoy them. I would try and avoid interacting with this dog if you can (or any like it). I let my dog say hello to nice calm dogs and only for a short period of time, but I don't let him say hello to all dogs so he knows that he doesn't have to interact with every dog we see, sometimes we just ignore it and carry on.
     
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    Aleksandra_Kinig PetForums Newbie

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    That makes sense. Thank you.
     
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    be a little bit careful, if your puppy ran over to my dog he would tell the puppy he is out of order...there is no aggression towards the pup but is a great lesson. The pup needs to learn what is acceptable if it doesn't then the issues are likely to be bad when older...
     
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    Depends on the situation imo. If other dog is generally happy to interact and it's just an older dog laying down some ground rules i wouldn't necessarily avoid. Mine will growl or snap at pups who push the boundaries but he's appropriate with it. I would however be stepping in to make sure the dogs aren't pestered too much by a pup.

    If these dogs are approaching your pup and having a pop then that's out of order. Nor would I be letting pup approach and interact with random dogs without first checking it's okay to do so.
     
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