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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-27-2012, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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My dog gets shy and fearful when theres more than one dog playing with him

My little dude who is a week shy of 4 months, will play with ANY dog he meets and I have him socializing every day, sometimes 3 times a day. He has a ton of energy and the easiest way to drain his energy is to have him play with other dogs, which helps energy, socialization and biting so its GREAT!

The only problem is when two or more dogs "gang" up on him, he gets really scared. They are only playing with him. He starts to cry and runs toward me and just hides until the other dogs leave. Then he just waits until everything is back to calm and will go back to playing with one dog.

How do i make him more comfortable with more than one dog at a time? Just keep putting him in those situations?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-27-2012, 06:23 PM
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It sounds like he is getting overwhelmed. When he runs and hides behind you, don't coddle him ie petting him saying 'it's alright etc. Let him be for a minute, then step from in front of him, don't push him from behind you, you move instead.

I would handpick his playmates for now, concentrating on the calmest and gentlest dogs possible. When it appears the other dogs are about to start 'ganging' up on your pup, it's time to step in - before the gang up begins not after. Watch his signals to indicate when he is reaching his threshold.

If you haven't started him in training yet, begin very soon. It will give your pup a controlled environment to get used to other dogs being close by. And it will help the bond between you and his trust in you.
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It sounds like he is getting overwhelmed. When he runs and hides behind you, don't coddle him ie petting him saying 'it's alright etc. Let him be for a minute, then step from in front of him, don't push him from behind you, you move instead.

I would handpick his playmates for now, concentrating on the calmest and gentlest dogs possible. When it appears the other dogs are about to start 'ganging' up on your pup, it's time to step in - before the gang up begins not after. Watch his signals to indicate when he is reaching his threshold.

If you haven't started him in training yet, begin very soon. It will give your pup a controlled environment to get used to other dogs being close by. And it will help the bond between you and his trust in you.
I'm with Twyla, he's just overwhelmed and I'd also manage it the way suggested.






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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-28-2012, 12:43 AM
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Our previous dog was like this her whole life, maybe just part of his personality. At least he can enjoy play time one on one. Are the other dogs in the same age range? Can you find some other young puppies to play with?
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