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Schutzhund prospect puppy submitting to other dogs
My schutzhund prospect puppy was playing with a bigger (calm) dog today and submitted to her (laying down on her back) during the play. Is that ok? Should I just keep her away from bigger dogs all together?
Relax - she's a puppy. Puppies do all sorts of goofy things - that doesn't immediately equate to a poor sport prospect. My sport dogs roll over for belly rubs, drop their ears when they get hugs, give kisses, sleep on my bed, and let puppies chase them around. That doesn't speak to a lack of ability on the field.
As long as the pup is not showing overt signs of submission - such as urination, ears back constantly, tail between legs, pitiful whining, eyes out of focus, etc - the pup is likely just playing
I want to socialize her and take her around but Im also seeing advice around that says not to socialize the dogs so much to keep them focused on me (her handler).
I think the goal(for any dog, regardless of the training venue) is to have the pup see other dogs as no big deal and be neutral when they are around them....not want or need to play, not want or need to seek and destroy.
And never let another dog bully her or vice versa. Socializing doesn't mean playing with other dogs, though never allowing it may cause her to constantly react when she sees other dogs.
By letting her play with dogs(dogs that are stable and she has a relationship with) it may help her in that neutral being. When training time is going on, it is "look at me and lets work now".
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