|04-24-2014 10:30 PM|
All that barking the female was doing, as well as your own male, is no good. Even if you're unsure if it's excitement or aggression, high arousal is not a good situation either way and both can end in a fight.
I would be extra careful going forward introducing your pup and I imagine he might react differently than usual because of his bad experience.
|04-20-2014 08:13 PM|
|04-20-2014 02:33 PM|
|GRANBYsyztem||Thanks for all the suggestions. Konig is going to be having a playdate today with his friend JJ the corgi. They get a long pretty great. But today there will be a SECOND corgi, another friend's that will be joining us. Things to look out for? How should i introduce them? JJ (friend) first then let the other corgi come? Or both at the same time? stranger first?|
|04-19-2014 03:33 PM|
|carmspack||suggestions and more discussion on http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...zation-20.html|
|04-19-2014 09:43 AM|
When we do puppy socialization here it's under controlled circumstances and the whole build up that was allowed to happen simply wouldn't. The pups would have been physically corrected for the barking immediately. It can't be allowed to fly.
From the description given, you guys basically did bite work agitation before releasing them to a predictable conclusion.
|04-19-2014 08:11 AM|
|K9POPPY||Chip18 is correct- IMMEDIATELY see the LEERBURG video on dogs and dog parks- maybe you can still salvage something about this unfortunate situation- Bob|
|04-19-2014 07:46 AM|
And on the other end of the spectrum is my female that had so much puppy socialization playtime that I had to undo some of it in that she thought everything was about playing with the dogs. A real detriment to trying to do agility when she comes out or over an obstacle and dashes to see the dogs. My male pup went to a couple of socialization evenings, just enough to show me that he wasn't scared or aggressive to the other pups and knew how to say hello but wasn't overly interested in the other pups. Cool. That's good enough. Dog aloof.
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|04-19-2014 07:28 AM|
Nice post Nancy. I agree totally.
If you feel you must introduce dogs, take them for a walk in the same direction for a while first so they get used to each other a bit before you let them make the rules.
|04-19-2014 06:51 AM|
To me, this letting puppies loose to play with each other is like a Lord of the Flies scenario.
The best thing I ever did was only expose my current dog as a pup to KNOWN solid stable adult dogs who taught him how to properly behave as a dog. That said, I am now in the school that dogs don't need to play with other strange dogs but need to learn to ignore them. That was after winding up with some dog aggressive dogs after doing the puppy play date thing.
|04-19-2014 06:42 AM|
Our pup is just a tad older, 18 week female. She also acts a bit aggressive toward other dogs, barking mostly. We have been carefully introducing her to more situations, people and dogs.
1st off, you can't trust others when they say 'my dog is great around other dogs'. It often turns out otherwise in the doggy world.
The best place we have right now to socialize with people and dogs is the local German Shepherd Club 'puppy class'. The reason being, they are German Shepherd dogs, and more importantly the instructors/moderators KNOW the breed. Our pup was a little Barky when we went, the facilitator wasn't phased a bit. She just said let's do this and that and work through this. Besides the puppy class, every two weeks, they said we could come anytime and have our dog around to get used to other dogs. Of course we would say out of the way.
Contrast that with another dog owner(boxer) who told me we may have to get a muzzle for our pup when going to puppy class. Our pup was much better after just one puppy class session, worn out too.
I would search for a local German shepherd club and check them out.
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