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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-07-2014, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Fear of smaller dogs?

Hey guys,
I tried to search for any similar problems on this forum but I'm not finding what I'm looking for. My adopted GSD Reagan is a total sweetheart. However, my mother-in-law's small dogs are not. She has a male shih tzu and two female chihuahuas. When we come to visit her, which is pretty often, all of her dogs growl and bark at Reagan, and the second Reagan's back is turned to them they snap at her back legs. We tried doing introductions on neutral ground before ever bringing Reagan into the house, but that didn't go well. My MIL's dogs were freaking out because they've never been on leashes before (these dogs have no training at all). Reagan gets along well with other small dogs and completely ignores them. But with these dogs, she's clearly afraid and I don't blame her. While we're visiting, she's constantly looking over her shoulder and whining because she thinks they're going to sneak up behind her. Recently she has started barking back and growling a little. I'm worried this could turn into fear aggression and that she could end up hurting one of my MIL's dogs, even though I wouldn't blame her because they're already attacking her. Has anyone experienced this before or have any suggestions for how to handle this?

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