|10-04-2013 10:09 PM|
|Lucy Dog||Only put your puppy in situations where you're 100% sure it will be a positive experience. Set him up for success.|
|10-04-2013 10:02 PM|
I'm with bailiff, it might trigger something if he is ever in the same situation again. I don't think it would make him reactive to every dog just ones that put him in the same situations.
Oliver turned 9 weeks today, my socializing tactics up to this point have been introducing him to people and dogs that he will encounter pretty often. I have taken him places to meet random strangers that I allow to engage with him, I have taken him places where strangers and stranger dogs are, but I don't allow him to play with the other dogs... I basically show him that other dogs exist, let him get a little close but keep him calmed down, require him to do some obedience (mostly down and sit) then we move on.
I don't want him thinking that every time he sees a dog he needs to get greet them and play and rough house. I am teaching him to be obedient and calm around other dogs and then when it's time to play I let him know.
Howdy from Idaho!
Oliver Kahn der Fasan Suchenden
|10-04-2013 09:41 PM|
Might. Might not. Might just change how your puppy views anything that looks or smells like that breed, might change how your puppy views anything that has the same energy or carries itself the same way. Might cause your puppy to become reactive or dog aggressive to all other dogs. You'll be answering that question for yourself soon, as we can't do it for you because there are a lot of things like temperament, genetics, how you reacted, etc that play into it.
Socialization doesn't require you to allow the puppies to actually interact, and there are many out there who would advise you to not allow them to interact with dogs they won't have to get along with on a regular basis such as dogs that are housemates. Many people are in the play with your dog or engage with your dog in the presence of other dogs, don't actually allow them to engage with the other dog camp, and you pretty much discovered why.
|10-04-2013 09:19 PM|
My 8 week old german shepherd/bernese mountain dog puppy is very sweet and cautious about other dogs.. he tends to sit back and observe and then tries to jump in and play when he feels comfortable. He has played with a few large older dogs (age 2 & up) and he lives with our 10 month old lab who is very patient and gentle with him.
Today my friend brought her dog over to have a "puppy play date" (he is a 3 month old rotty, bull mastiff, lab, shepherd cross) and he was VERY aggressive towards my puppy.. He is aggressive in general but he has played well with our lab in the past and I thought he would be okay. Well I'm talking vicious.. he was growling and full on cornering and biting my puppy as if he was attacking him. My puppy in the end was growling back and trying to defend himself and I separated them immediately whenever they started to get this way. I have many scratches and bite marks on my arm from having to jump between them and pull my puppy up into my arms. It's safe to say I won't be letting them play together again.
Will this have an impact on the way my puppy views other puppies now? When socializing, should I only let him be around very nice and gentle dogs, perhaps a bit older so that he doesn't develop any of these aggressive tendancies? I don't want him to think he has to defend himself every time he sees another puppy coming over to play.