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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Buggles, Jul 14, 2009.


  1. Buggles

    Buggles PetForums Senior

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    We've had our puppy, Alfie (shih tzu) for 3 weeks since 10 weeks old.

    This is the "timeline" of what has unfortunately happened over the past 3 weeks.

    Please note, our household consists of myself and my mum.

    June 22nd: Brought Alfie home (aged 10 weeks and 2 days). He'd had his first vaccination. I started with a "cold" the day he came home.

    June 25th: Alfie had his second vaccination. He barked/snapped at a westie in the waiting room (Alfie was in my arms, the westie was on the ground. Presumed it was because he couldn't get to the other dog)

    June 26th: My "cold" developed into swine flu :eek:

    June 30th: I was hospitalised with pneumonia. :eek:

    July 2nd: I came home. Mum developed swine flu. This is also the day that Alfie was allowed to go out for his first walk. Due to myself and my mum being so ill, he didn't get to go out.

    July 8th: Alfie went for his first walk. Met another dog (his second apart from his mum, dad, siblings and another dog living with the breeder). Alfie growled/snapped at the dog. He was on the ground this time.

    July 13th: Alfie went out for his second walk. Met a HUGE labrador who was great with him and the owner was really good too, bringing the lab over. Alfie barked/growled/snapped at the lab. The owner and labrador were fab with Alfie.

    As you can see, because we have both been so ill, Alfie unfortunately hasn't had the socialising that he needs and is snapping at other dogs. We were going to take him to a puppy party at the vets but were unable to because of being ill. The vets only let puppies aged 10-12 weeks go and now Alfie is too old. We don't really want to take him to proper dog training because we can do all the training at home, so he would only benefit from meeting other dogs and it's such a lot of money for that.

    Obviously we need to take him out to meet as many dogs as possible, but what can we do to discourage the barking/snapping, as not all dog owners are going to be happy with it.
     
  2. rona

    rona Guest

    This is normal puppy behaviour you just have to make sure that the dogs you encounter are as tolerant as the Lab you met. Most dog owners are very happy to help with puppy socialization, you just have to approach them and check that their dogs are ok before you let your boy approach.
     
  3. Buggles

    Buggles PetForums Senior

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    Thank you! It has been such a long time since we had a puppy, that I can't remember how they are with other dogs. I'm glad to hear it's normal behaviour!
     
  4. rona

    rona Guest

    My dog Alfie is so good with pups, he's always having them hanging off his ears and scratching at his face, but he is so tolerant, I always encourage pup owners to use him for socialization.
    Hope you can find one or two like him :)
     
  5. davehyde

    davehyde Banned

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    some of the bigger pet supersores have puppy day care and socialisation sessions.

    also a lot of training classes only charge by the session, some as little as 2-3.00 a go.

    go along to one alone first and explain the situation. any decent trainer would be only too happy to help out under the circumstances and help socialise the pup.
     
  6. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    Puppy training classes is the way to go, my training club only charges £3 annual membership and £1.50 per class - there may well be one in your area that doesn't cost the earth. You will have this dog for many years, investment now would be money well spent, and cheaper than getting a behaviourist in later on. And of course get the puppy out and about as much as possible, find the distance he can be from other dogs without growling, work on gradually decreasing the distance with praise and treats.
    Sorry you and your mum have been so ill, are you both fully recovered now?
     
  7. Rhiannan

    Rhiannan PetForums Junior

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    I'd definately suggest puppy training classes, they have been great for Bailey. I had the opposite problem where Bailey was sooo submissive of other dogs and cowered away from them. She is still naturally submissive when meeting other dogs but is loads more confidence. She loves romping about playing with the pups at her class. :D
     
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