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11-12-2012 04:34 PM
blackshep
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Why NOT join a shutzhund group or other dogsport where dog interactions are typically held to appropriate interactions at a distance and not nose to nose, butt to butt?

Socializing does not need to be one on one but a maintenance of indifference in the presence of other dogs. I imagine doing something fun "around" other dogs where you can be confident they owners have a clue would do her a world of good (and you would probably enjoy as well)

How are things going up there recovery wise?
I love taking my pup to schutzhund clubs for exactly this reason. I like that they have dogs with similar temperaments and so want the same things I want, which is that the dog will simply ignore the others. Thier dogs are generally very well mannered and leashed or crated when not working, so it's easier to keep the distractions down to a minimum while the dog gets used to the presence of the other dogs there.
11-11-2012 09:49 PM
Anthony8858
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Originally Posted by jocoyn View Post
Why NOT join a shutzhund group or other dogsport where dog interactions are typically held to appropriate interactions at a distance and not nose to nose, butt to butt?

Socializing does not need to be one on one but a maintenance of indifference in the presence of other dogs. I imagine doing something fun "around" other dogs where you can be confident they owners have a clue would do her a world of good (and you would probably enjoy as well)

How are things going up there recovery wise?
I have a member here that goes to a shutzhund club. It's about an hour from my home, and sounds like a great experience for her. The problem is ME. I'm working 6 days a week right now, and feel as if I can't commit

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who attacked her? how old is she
She was attacked by a few dogs a few months ago. It was random, as I entered an area with a few loose dogs. They quickly converged on her, and gave her a couple punctures.

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I think it depends on the dog.
If Kira is comfortable around other dogs she should be able to go a very long time and not have a problem when she does see them. (like at the vets office) If she has issues you can probably expect her to react a little more strongly if she goes long periods without you being able to reinforce the things you've taught her.

I don't think dogs miss playing with other dogs btw. I really believe they look at the people they live with as their pack and that's all they need to be happy.
Kira is very comfortable around dogs. However, I can see the "flight response" kick in when she's around aggressive dogs. She knows who to avoid.

She can sit in a room of dogs, or go through her training without incident.

As I mentioned, the only change I see in her, is how excited she gets when she sees another dog from within my truck or house.
I don't see Kira's actions as aggressive. It just seems as if she gets too excited, and I was wondering if it has anything to do with losing her contact with the outside canine world.
11-11-2012 09:18 PM
Whiteshepherds I think it depends on the dog.
If Kira is comfortable around other dogs she should be able to go a very long time and not have a problem when she does see them. (like at the vets office) If she has issues you can probably expect her to react a little more strongly if she goes long periods without you being able to reinforce the things you've taught her.

I don't think dogs miss playing with other dogs btw. I really believe they look at the people they live with as their pack and that's all they need to be happy.
11-11-2012 09:01 PM
pets4life who attacked her? how old is she
11-11-2012 08:41 PM
jocoyn Why NOT join a shutzhund group or other dogsport where dog interactions are typically held to appropriate interactions at a distance and not nose to nose, butt to butt?

Socializing does not need to be one on one but a maintenance of indifference in the presence of other dogs. I imagine doing something fun "around" other dogs where you can be confident they owners have a clue would do her a world of good (and you would probably enjoy as well)

How are things going up there recovery wise?
11-11-2012 08:22 PM
llombardo
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Yes, we also have the Maltese. They coexist, but don't play together. They do interact.

I guess that's her "pack".


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That might be enough for her stay not reactive. She lives with another dog, so in her mind that is normal and its normal to see other dogs. I firmly believe that is why all three of mine are great with other dogs. They have each other, they don't need any other dogs, but if I bring one home, they all acknowledge and take the new addition in.
11-11-2012 07:41 PM
Anthony8858
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You have two dogs right? I'm thinking that since she is around a second dog all the time, she should be fine and use to dogs. I got a Rott for my mom and she was with me for about a week before my mom took her. The dog loved my dogs and was really close to one of them. After my mom had her for two weeks, with no interaction with any other dogs, the Rott growled, barked, and attacked(through a front door) my dog..that she adored two weeks earlier. I think that the alone time she had, all of the attention of being the only dog really changed her.
Yes, we also have the Maltese. They coexist, but don't play together. They do interact.

I guess that's her "pack".


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11-11-2012 07:26 PM
llombardo You have two dogs right? I'm thinking that since she is around a second dog all the time, she should be fine and use to dogs. I got a Rott for my mom and she was with me for about a week before my mom took her. The dog loved my dogs and was really close to one of them. After my mom had her for two weeks, with no interaction with any other dogs, the Rott growled, barked, and attacked(through a front door) my dog..that she adored two weeks earlier. I think that the alone time she had, all of the attention of being the only dog really changed her.
11-11-2012 07:24 PM
Anthony8858
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A guy who lives next to the sports fields moved in recently with his 3 year old, unaltered, at least 90lb male GSD. Prior to, he had been living on a farm, the dog had the run of acres of farmland, he said he's been to classes, and the dog was limited in where he would go.

I don't like that dog, he is a beauty, but a real jerk. He is obviously under socialized, domineering, and easily provoked by anything, We have met numerous times, and every time, his dog begins and ends up aggressively behaving towards mine, pinning, growling, barking, lunging. Take what you will from this, but I have a hunch it is because he did not have the positive exposure and socialization that is important for all dogs.
Jae,
Kira has had a mixed bag of positive and negative experiences. Regardless, she's a people and dog friendly sweetheart. She never shows aggression, and is super friendly. If anything, she's on the timid side. I would NEVER expect her to bite anyone, or attack another dog.
As many around here recall, I made it my business to socialize her as much as possible. Her temperament is wonderful. It's the other dogs that always go after her.


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11-11-2012 07:20 PM
Anthony8858 She's fine on leash, or if she's sitting outside with me.
Today, I was washing my truck. She was sitting on my front steps, when a Maltese walked by. She just sat there and watched as they passed. I was proud of her.
If she was in the house, she'd bark through the window. If she was in the truck, she'd bark too.

I don't see a problem, because she responds well to me telling her to stop. I can easily correct this behavior, and I am.
I'm just wondering if the isolation from other dogs, could have a negative impact on her socialization.


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