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Terrible with dogs...

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Dotte, Jan 31, 2012.


  1. Dotte

    Dotte PetForums Senior

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    Well after Bryson has finally had all his vaccinations and he can go walkies and also meet dogs it has turned out that he is a complete idiot around other dogs... Seems like he doesn't know how to greet and behave around other dogs at all! He greets them the same way he greets people (dont judge hehe he's a work in progress) by jumping up (aiming for their faces) liking them, lets just say other dogs are not to keen on this... I know it's just lack of socialisation (long story, but reason was that the guy we bought him of forged his documents leading to having to re-do his vaccinations) but can he learn how to actually "be" a dog around other dogs? I want him to be able to have friends and to go to doggy daycare... Oh and he gets super excited seeing people on walks that people thinks he is lunging at them to attack when it's just so say hi and lick, I'm mortified as alot of people have jumped away and gotten scared :( (sorry this post got really long)
     
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    goodvic2 PetForums VIP

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    How old is the pup?
     
  3. Dotte

    Dotte PetForums Senior

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    15 weeks, I know he's young but he's mental! we're goin to puppy socialisation classes in two weeks, they said it was ok even tho he will be 17 weeks when it starts and it's on for 5 weeks.. I'm just worried he's just not gonna be good with dogs... He's so excitable around everything alive hehe :rolleyes:
     
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    Mophie PetForums Senior

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    Do you know anyone at work, or family friends who have dogs? Perhaps a calmer adult female that you could slowly introduce him too? My aunts dog was a form of Nanny dog to my monster and helped him learn what was and wasn't acceptable with other dogs - he still has concentration lapses but he's not in other dogs faces as much.

    You could check and see if anyone like trainers in your area arrange group walks it'll be hard work to begin with but should teach him to start calming down when with other dogs, if that makes sense?

    EDIT: Just seen your post. Socialisation classes should help him, to learn what the best way to meet and greet 4 legged friends is.
     
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    Kivasmum PetForums VIP

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    It's totally normal for pups to lack 'greeting manners' at first. Kiva is 7 months and still wants to roll around with every dog she see's! It's all about getting her out and used to other dogs and then working on teaching her a more calm approach :)
    With kiva, if she tries dragging me towards another dog, I stop turn around and walk the other way, then once she is walking nicely we turn back around and head towards the other dog again, they soon learn that walking calmly towards dogs means she gets to say hi ;)
    I think the more time they spend with other friendly dogs, the less the WOW response every time they see one ;)
     
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    Why did you wait so long before beginning socialisation?
     
  7. Dotte

    Dotte PetForums Senior

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    No thats the thing, I don't really know anyone with a calm grown dog, I was hpoing to find a neighbour or something who has a calm dogfirndly dog but cant find any :rolleyes:

    I'm definatley gonna try that, the walking away till he calms down it's just that he doesnt really calm down at all, have to get him a harness now cuz he pulls till he starts to choke, I know we just need more time do some leadtraining tho :) It's just so embarrassing :blush:

    We couldnt socialise him because when we got him (10 weeks) it turned out that his vaccination card was forged, photocopied and not signed by a vet so our vet said that he didnt want to risk it and to do the vaccines again, so that meant that he was just safe now, we just didnt want to risk his health so we had to make the decition not to have him around other dogs till now :(
     
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    springerpete PetForums VIP

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    What sort of people do you meet on your walks that could possibly think that little bundle was going to 'Attack' them. My mind boggles.
    As with everything, socialisation takes time, he'll learn, at the moment every new encounter is exciting and he hasn't learnt where the bounderies are. Give him time and be patient, if you know someone with a friendly young dog, take them out together, let them play,let him learn what's acceptable to another dog. it'll come, Good luck with him.
     

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    Dotte PetForums Senior

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    Hehe I have no idea, he's so cute and fluffy! But I think it's the way he jumps at them kinda looks like he's lounging to get them, but it's all with a tail wag and a huge smile on his face, all I end up doin is apologising to them :p Yeah I have two friends with pups his age, he actually has a playdate tomoro :D I just worry he'll be too crazy for doggy daycare :blush:
     
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    Unfortunately you may end up paying for that decision.

    A dog is more likely to suffer from lack of socialisation than catch anything.

    The key socialisation period is 6 -15 weeks.

    You can't turn back the clock, but somebody else reading this may not make the same mistake..

    You need to expose him to as many dogs as you can. Take him to areas which are heavily populated with off lead dogs. These areas tend to have more socially advanced dogs
     
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    He sounds perfectly normal tbh. I'd be far more concerned if he were fearful of other dogs.
     
  12. Dotte

    Dotte PetForums Senior

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    Goodvic2 that's what we're trying to do, hehe I must look like a lunatic following people with other dogs just so he can meet them and get a bit of experience :rolleyes: All I want him is to be happy tho so if he isnt good around other dogs well then we'll work around that :eek:

    Nonnie, ah there is no fear in him what so ever, it's just kisses and play, just scared he's gonna piss some dog off one day and then get scared, but that's something that we have to deal with if it happens, I always ask people if they're dogs are good with other dogs as soon as I see them, if they say no I walk away, I want him to have good experiences :blush:
     
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