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Socialising and older dog.

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by PoisonGirl, Aug 13, 2009.


  1. PoisonGirl

    PoisonGirl Banned

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    I have just offered to help out with a lab.
    I have known this lab since she was brought home at 8 weeks, though I did not have reglar contact with the owners, and did not feel it my place to give advice when I wasn't 100% sure of the situation.

    But- I knew there were going to be problems with this dog. She was rarely walked, but spends most of her time with the familys other dogs in the yard. She spent alot of time in a crate when she was young so very exitable.

    I am not too sure on the details, all I know is she is unsociable and very unpredictable on the lead.

    This person hasn't agreed to let me help, I just offered, saying I have trained a huge rotweiler, a lab cant be as bad.

    I am assuming the dog is not well socialised atall, so does anyone have any tips getting her a bit more social when out of her yard?

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  2. HighPr00

    HighPr00 Banned

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    I suppose it's just common sense really.

    Expose him to as many other dogs as possible but make sure they are all positive experiences, expose him to the most reliable dogs you know first (the ones that won't react if he shows any aggression) and reward him when he shows the desired behaviours. :)
     
  3. PoisonGirl

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    Yeah, I suppoes I'd probably have thought of that, had I not been half asleep, lol :)
    If this person does agree, I think I will start out taking her just short teeny walks not meeting any other dogs, just to see how she is on the lead. Then take her out where there are no dogs to get rid of some energy before getting her to walk along side of some placid dogs.

    She is a lovely dog, it's just a shame she was not socialised properly, as this now means she literally does not leave the garden. She is wonderful with people, and the other dogs in her home.

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  4. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    yes, and be in a calm and happy state of mind while you do it. Maybe small doses at first.
     
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