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Staffie 'picky' about other dogs

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Lola71, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. Lola71

    Lola71 PetForums Senior

    Feb 23, 2011
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    I have a 14 month old staffie who i have had since 12 weeks and have done lots of socialisation with, puppy classes and have been going to weekly training every week since then too, am currently about to do her silver good citizen stage at the moment.

    I walk her every day a couple of times but lately she has become picky with some other dogs, its only the last couple of months she has started being like this.

    She loves my neighbours Samoyed and plays quite happily with the regulars at dog training and also is always pleased to see a little jack russell up the road, who she runs alongside the garden fence with but sometimes she gets a bit funny if we see other dogs out on our walks.

    She strains to get to them and has growled and barked at them with her hackles up. I really want to nip this in the bud so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Its not every dog we see but just some. She used to do this in the car when we saw another dog but i seem to have cracked it by telling her quiet and rewarding her if she doesn't react noisily to the other dog.

    She seems to have taken a dislike to a spaniel at training who only recently joined and was very barky during the first session which unsettled her and the others a bit but she barks at him every week now and has her hackles raised at him too.

    I'd appreciate any suggestions on things i can try to discourage this behaviour.
  2. lucysnewmum

    lucysnewmum PetForums Senior

    Feb 25, 2010
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    am surprised you need to post for help on here when you are in a training class! your trainer, i would expect, would be far better disposed to deal with this onsite as it were......

    when your dog reacts to the other dog who seems to be upsetting her say "leave it" , turn her away from the other dog and walk of in the opposite direction. encourage her with a treat which she can have when she is quiet and focused back on you. and try and keep your distance from the other dog in class.
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