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04-24-2014 04:11 PM
Originally Posted by carmspack View Post
what is being done by the owners of the "other" dog , the one that aggressed your young pup?

Seems to be more than a little dog aggressive and lacking in control and careful management.

You wouldn't want to repeat this experience and since they are in your neighbourhood you can't entirely eliminate the chance of another encounter.
Nothing has been done by the owner of the "other" dog. she barely apologized over her shoulder as she was running into the house. She didn't even come back out to see if Sadie was ok. According to another neighbor the house is owned by the parents and the kids live there with room mates. I feel bad for it. I've talked to a few neighbors and no one ever sees anyone walking the dog. Today I have heard the dog barking from the yard many times through out the day and no one is home. It is 80 degrees here today and it seems the dog has been left outside. It is most definitely and owner issue.
04-24-2014 12:31 PM
carmspack what is being done by the owners of the "other" dog , the one that aggressed your young pup?

Seems to be more than a little dog aggressive and lacking in control and careful management.

You wouldn't want to repeat this experience and since they are in your neighbourhood you can't entirely eliminate the chance of another encounter.
04-24-2014 12:02 PM
ajm227 Thank you for all the advice. I do plan on stopping the dog park. she was doing well there before. We went back a couple of days later and that's when we realized just how much the incident had upset her.

I actually never did the dog park thing with my previous dogs, our family and friends all have dogs so that was how they were socialized. I am away from home for a few months and don't have them around for Sadie. I go home in a few weeks and hopefully being back with familiar dogs will help

I agree that they don't need other dogs to be happy. My last girl was great with other dogs but just wanted to be with her people.

I am in a very dog friendly area. People bring their dogs everywhere. so for now I'm back to square one with her. I'll take her to public places where the dog's are leashed. There is an area near me that is not an official dog park but dogs are allowed on leashes. I'll be taking her there. I trained all my dogs at home and they were all very well behaved. I think with Sadie I'll do some classes just for the social aspect.
04-23-2014 10:13 PM
Courtney When Rusty was the same age a neighbors lab ran out of the house charging towards him. I quickly picked him up & began stomping my feet yelling NO to the lab. Luckily he didn't get to Rusty. Afterwards I just carried on like normal- try to do this because your anxiety over this unfortunate situation will travel right down the leash.

Forcing interactions on her will not help. Ditch the dog park, seriously.

Love the idea of obedience classes. Controlled setting. Confidence building.

Position yourself as a strong & fair leader. The pup can get over this. Just carry on. Did I mention ditching dog parks?
04-23-2014 09:12 PM
Stosh I would stay away from dog parks for a while- maybe forever. I agree with the others that recommend a good obedience club with solid stable calm dogs. Google a club or training facility that offers training for the CGC (Canine Good Citizen). Your pup is just a baby and it's your job to protect her and she needs to see you protecting her, rather than forcing her to interact with strange dogs. Especially now. Did I mention that you should stay away from dog parks??? At a club you'll meet dogs that she'll feel comfortable with and you can have play dates with dogs you know and can trust.
04-23-2014 03:21 PM
llombardo If other dogs at the dog park sense her fear or hear her yelping,etc that can attract trouble. When my pup was attacked, the more he cried the more upset the other dog became. Obedience classes and being around stable dogs is what she needs.
04-23-2014 03:10 PM
McWeagle This probably goes without saying, but be careful of your reactions when other dogs approach Sadie. She's going to be tuned in to you, as her protector, so if she feels you tense up she'll get nervous. If you're relaxed, she'll be more inclined to relax too.
04-23-2014 03:04 PM
Sri Definitely do a lot of group obedienceclasses right now. The other dogs are being trained, and you have more chances of them behaving well than random dogs at dog parks or on walks, and she will learn that she is safe even surrounded by dogs. Also teach her to ignore dogs and stay engaged with you. Best thing to do.

Dog parks are not for GSDs.
04-23-2014 02:54 PM
scarfish let your dog play for a few days all day at a good doggy day care place. good ones will have an interview process that examine temperament and require vaccinations. some will let you simply drop your dog off no questions asked. the more strict they are the better.
04-23-2014 02:43 PM
McWeagle Our dog had a lot of fear issues when she was a pup, too. She was beat up in the shelter by the mother of another littler a few days before we got her, so she was scared of all dogs bigger than she. We made friends with the local pet supply store owner, who had her dogs at the store with her all the time, and who allowed people to bring their dogs into the store on leash. We'd bring our pup to the store and just hang out for a few hours a few days a week. She met lots of new, friendly dogs in a controlled environment, and eventually got over her issues.
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