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Old 10-28-2014, 12:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My year old (I still consider her my puppy^_^) is very bad with her other doggy manners. With our two other small poodles she is fine, but they aren't with her because she doesn't know when they want to play and when they don't. She always does, but they normally don't. She has gotten better at barking at other people and dogs, if I say no once and pet her back she just sits and watches, but if the person is really close to us then I have to hold her back. I know she would NEVER attack another living being (other than her playful nibbles when we play fetch), but I think she would run for them and bark and jump on them and maybe even run away from fear. You see she is only scared. I have seen her book it from a group a teenagers outside my house! Getting to the point... Seeing as my dogs aren't a good fit for her playing wise and considering she should be around other dogs, would either getting a new puppy (or older 4-5 year old GSD) or simply a play mate at the park help her? I am going to get her into obedience training, it is way over due, but I really want to correct her doggy and people issue early on. Thoughts?
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If you have a dog with training issues (and there are a LOT of training issues here), getting a second dog is just about the worst idea ever. It will likely exacerbate any existing issues, and you may end up with TWO dogs with issues. It is not a substitute for training, and with two dogs you will have even less time to deal with the problems of the first one.

"She is only scared." Most dogs bite out of fear. Not saying that she'll ever bite anyone, but knowing that most aggression comes from fear is important. Start working with a trainer (one experienced with the breed) on her reactivity and obedience. This is something that really needs to be nipped in the bud before she matures.

Why does she need to be around other dogs?
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If you have a dog with training issues (and there are a LOT of training issues here), getting a second dog is just about the worst idea ever. It will likely exacerbate any existing issues, and you may end up with TWO dogs with issues. It is not a substitute for training, and with two dogs you will have even less time to deal with the problems of the first one.

"She is only scared." Most dogs bite out of fear. Not saying that she'll ever bite anyone, but knowing that most aggression comes from fear is important. Start working with a trainer (one experienced with the breed) on reactivity and obedience.
Ah I see. I didn't see it like that. I do want to focus on her behaviors towards dogs. So, training first. That seems kind of obvious now that I rad your response!
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Ah I see. I didn't see it like that. I do want to focus on her behaviors towards dogs. So, training first. That seems kind of obvious now that I rad your response!
Hey, it usually takes a third party to help us see the obvious Good manners and confidence come from solid obedience, so always start there. She's young, and it's a tough age, but you'll get there.
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Hey, it usually takes a third party to help us see the obvious Good manners and confidence come from solid obedience, so always start there. She's young, and it's a tough age, but you'll get there.
Ah I see now I am gonna make sure to get her into training soon. Thanks!
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If you have a dog with training issues (and there are a LOT of training issues here), getting a second dog is just about the worst idea ever. It will likely exacerbate any existing issues, and you may end up with TWO dogs with issues. It is not a substitute for training, and with two dogs you will have even less time to deal with the problems of the first one.


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Heffner seems to thing that there just can't be too many playmates.

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Your dog already has a play mate. YOU.
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