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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-09-2012, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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Question Dogs don't want to be friends with my poor puppy!!!! :(

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to get your advice on this as it's quite sad/frustrating!!

My puppy Willow is now nearly 4 months old, and I've begun the socialisation process with some of my friends dogs. I've specifically chosen these dogs as I know they have a wonderful temperament and are usually amazing around other dogs. The dogs in question are 2 border collies (male brothers, 1.5 years) a border collie/staffy (male, 1 year) and a maltese terrier (male, 7 years).

Each and every one of them absolutely looses their **** when they see Willow!!! They either ignore her completely, or just start sulking and showing signs of fear. I've tried this in both my yard, my friends yard and in a neutral environment - no luck!!!

I've used all of the proper procedures to introduce them, and my pup definitely isn't showing any aggressive or dominant behaviour. She literally goes up to them and start licking their faces because she wants to play so badly!

I was just wondering if anyone else has every encountered this with their GSD? And if they have any advise for me? I really don't want to go to a dog park btw, there's some ferocious dogs down there in my neighbourhood.

PS Here is a photo from their last playmate so you get an idea of the size of dogs etc:

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She is licking their faces to show submission.

Some adult dogs just don't want anything to do with puppies. And not all dogs are going to like one another, just as people don't like everyone they meet.

Adult dogs see puppies as youngsters they need to discipline and put in their place. They don't view puppies as humans view babies. Ignoring her is a good thing. It is beneficial for her to be around dogs, so she can get used to them, but play is not necessary for socialization. As long as these dogs are not attacking her, that is fine.
Perhaps you might try and find healthy puppies her age for her to meet.


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Hey Sunflowers,

Sorry I probably should have been more clear.. its almost like, these older well adjusted dogs actually fear her! Even though she really does nothing at all!
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Some adult dogs simply don't like puppies, I'd keep bringing her around them to get her used to being around adult dogs and try to find another puppy for her to actually play with or a younger adult dog who can match her energy. Maybe try looking for a local playgroup at a dog daycare or training centre to help find her a playmate

It may take time to find a appropriate match

As for the licking Delgado will do that as well, he was raised around adult dogs at the breeders outside of his litter mates and didn't see another puppy until his first puppy socialization class at 13 weeks so his automatic reaction to a older dog is to go up and lick their face. It's appropriate behaviour

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Hey Sunflowers,

Sorry I probably should have been more clear.. its almost like, these older well adjusted dogs actually fear her! Even though she really does nothing at all!
No, you were clear.
In the animal world, it is all about energy and scent. Who knows what they sense about her that makes them uncomfortable. You don't see it, but they feel something.
Find other dogs who are not fearful of her, and don't push anything. You want her experiences at this age to be good ones.


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Maybe you can look for an outgoing chihuahua. In my experience, they are loud, playful dogs that enjoy a high energy dog (ie. puppy) around.
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This reminds me of when we brought our GSD puppy (then 3 months old) to meet and play with two adult dogs at my job: Golden and an English Setter. The Golden was very well rounded, and pretty much ignored my pup right away, but the Setter has never seen a small dark puppy before. He barked and barked and barked, but any time she'd approach him or even head in his general direction (Xena is already very good at ignoring dogs who bark hehe) his tail would tuck and the dog would fly out of there. Honestly, I think its all a matter of identity sometimes. The Setter is great with other dogs, but this was the first puppy he'd encountered, and I dont think he knew it was a dog. I've heard of this in some sledding breeds, where they go after terriers and other small breeds thinking their food. Could be just a case of 'I dont know what you are! Help!'
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