My Puppy Doesn't Like Other Dogs?
My 4 month old puppy has a host of normal annoying puppy behaviors. She's counter cruising, stealing shoes, nipping... thank God I've housebroken her. Overall they're all behaviors I am confident will go away with enough concistency and training... all except one... dislike of other dogs.
We enrolled Sabre in a group puppy training class almost as soon as we got her so she can be trained and also be socialized with other dogs. Problem: she will not stop barking at the other dogs. She lunges at them, and when the trainer told us to try allowing Sabre to sniff another dog, she outright nipped the other dog in the butt rather than sniffing her.
She's not really afraid, though her heart rate increases. Her ears are forward, and her tail's not tucked.
I've been clicker training/ rewarding her with treats when she's quiet around other dogs, but sometimes when she's riled up enough about another dog she'll outright ignore treats. And during training when I have hot dogs as a treat she'll get full up so fast it's back to barking.
The trainer recomended trying to enroll her in doggie day care to see if the same behavior occurs when I'm not around. After all I could be tensing up and causing Sabre to get protective. This particular doggie day care has a former vet as an owner and we go to get her evaluated tomorrow but I'm really nervous.
She loves humans but doesn't seem to like dogs. I can live without taking her to the dog park, but I would like to have other dogs eventually and not be afraid my dog's going to attack another dog while I'm out on a walk with her, especailly when she's older and big enough to pull me along with her. I don't nescessarily require her to love other dogs, but I do want her to ignore other dogs when they are in the same vicinity.