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Moriah 06-19-2014 07:07 PM

His momma has his back?
 
My dog was jumped at 13 weeks by two dogs bigger than him in puppy kindergarten and while my dog was screaming the instructor said to "let the dogs work it out." We never went back and I found a new trainer.

My dog was "reactive" towards other dogs after that and the new trainer helped me to greatly lessen the problem. The new trainer said I had to absolutely ensure that no dog ever got to my dog again.

I've read over and over on this forum how people have protected their GSDs from other dogs in public, and I wondered, "What I would do?"

Usually I go at late hours to my favorite park, but today I went earlier. Well, while I was giving my dog a drink of water from a bowl I brought at a park water fountain, a loose dog came up. I turned around and there was this bigger dog. Without thinking, I got my pup behind me and told the man and woman walking by to get their dog. They weren't concerned, and did nothing, and kept walking.

The dog kept advancing and came up to me and I blocked him. He looked like he was interested in my dog, so I tapped him with the palm of my hand on the side of his muzzle and he stopped.

Then the lady rushed over and screamed at me for hitting her dog. I said, "Your dog is not under control, get him away from my dog. My dog has already been attacked by another dog." She grabbed her dog (rougher than I touched him) and she said to me, "You're making your dog a wussie!!"

I knew better than to say anything. I wanted to say, "Well, there's a whole bunch of GSD owners (on the forum) who know what I'm doing!!"

The best news--my boy never reacted at all. He knows his momma has his back??

gsdsar 06-19-2014 07:27 PM

It really has to come down to how your pup was reacting and the other dogs body language.

If your dog was acting afraid or reactive, then you are in the right. If your dog was calm and relaxed and the other dog was calm and relaxed and behaving appropriately and YOU were panicking, then I would worry you have now shown your dog that other dogs are scary.

It's a fine line. You don't want your pup to get from you that dogs are scary, if anything you want him to think that other dogs are no big deal.

So a friendly dog approaches, you just move on. Get your dogs attention and move on. No big deal. Don't create a scary confrontation when there is none.

If the dog was behaving aggressively, or your pup was reacting negatively, then stepping in and moving the other dog away is warranted, but then just move on. We can't dwell on the past. Our dogs don't.


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Moriah 06-19-2014 07:29 PM

Good advice! I appreciate the perspective.

misslesleedavis1 06-19-2014 07:50 PM

It really boils down to what the other dog is doing. I had a happy dobe approach ty and I did nothing because ty can handle a happy dog, usually by rolling around playing with him lol but I get the odd dog who charges aggressively and tyson remains calm because I step in and tell the agro dog to go home sternly.
I do not think I would step if the dog was not agro just bc they have there own social process.

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Cassidy's Mom 06-19-2014 08:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Moriah (Post 5665745)
My dog was jumped at 13 weeks by two dogs bigger than him in puppy kindergarten and while my dog was screaming the instructor said to "let the dogs work it out." We never went back and I found a new trainer.

Good for you! That is NOT the way to instill confidence in a young puppy. :(

Moriah 06-19-2014 08:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Cassidy's Mom (Post 5665961)
Good for you! That is NOT the way to instill confidence in a young puppy. :(

I think I need to work on relaxing. My pup is doing much better and he's more confident at 4.5 months.

misslesleedavis1 06-19-2014 09:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Moriah (Post 5666009)
I think I need to work on relaxing. My pup is doing much better and he's more confident at 4.5 months.

Dogs are pretty steller at moving on from problems, we need to push them in the right direction and get the ball rolling most times but if we are confident and not doubtful it rubs off on them!

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Moriah 06-19-2014 11:21 PM

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Originally Posted by misslesleedavis1 (Post 5666257)
Dogs are pretty steller at moving on from problems, we need to push them in the right direction and get the ball rolling most times but if we are confident and not doubtful it rubs off on them!

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:sun: I appreciate the encouragement!

Galathiel 06-20-2014 09:25 AM

I actually step in and prevent any meetings that I didn't initiate, friendly or not. My dog is wayyyy too into other dogs as it is and I'm working on indifference, not active interest.

Moriah 06-20-2014 11:17 AM

I think this is what my trainer wants, but I admit I've been pretty tense. I don't want to translate that to my dog.


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