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Socialising older dogs with other dogs

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Byll Pulman, May 16, 2018.


  1. Byll Pulman

    Byll Pulman PetForums Newbie

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    My wife and I have just taken on a seven year old rescue collie. He's absolutely lovely and has a fantastic temperament . He's brilliant with people, but we have just discovered that his general disinterest in other dogs when out walking turns into aggression when he's forced into close contact with them, which seems to suggest he was never properly socialised with other dogs as a puppy.

    We have a brilliant local dog sitter who often looked after our previous dog, however she is licensed to look after up to ten( i think) dogs at a time and our test day today didn't go well. We must find someone we trust to look after him when we're on holidays etc and don't want to put him in traditional kennels, so we need to know if we can still socialise him with other dogs despite his age. I'd be really grateful for any advice on how to deal with this or suggestions as to where we can get help/training to help him overcome his problem with other dogs. I live in the Bristol/Bath area.
     
  2. bumbarrel

    bumbarrel PetForums Member

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    I suggest you don't force your dog into close contact with other dogs. It isn't necessary and if he lacks interest in other dogs generally I wouldn't worry.

    It is likel;y he is aggressive through fear, I good behaviourist may be able to help you but make sure they use positive reward based methods and are accredited.
     
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  3. Whiteshadow

    Whiteshadow PetForums Senior

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    What @bumbarrel said.
    My dog is well socialised and I will never send her with 9 other dogs and 1 person I don't care what license they got it's asking for trouble.
    Start your search again for somebody who does home boarding or even better can sit your dog in your own house.
    With patient socialising your dog might get better with other dogs but maybe never will but please dont push him.
     
  4. lullabydream

    lullabydream PetForums VIP

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    I agree with @bumbarrel sounds like the dog is fine, and there is no need to interact

    It might not even be fear. Many dogs seem to have poor social skills that your dog might be more wanting them to back away...forced interactions are never good and a lot of this aim to socialise dogs and let dogs be dogs is really doing nothing to help

    Socialisation is about allowing your puppy/dog to acknowledge they share the same space as others whether that's other dogs or cows.

    Dogs really want their main relationship to be human based. So having a dog neutral dog is what is really best.

    Personally no one would put 10 dogs together in a house from a variety of situations. It's a recipe for disaster.
     
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