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nervousness around other dogs

jackieb
September 26th, 2005, 12:24 PM
simba is very afraid of other dogs im trying to take him with us were ever possible. Hes just started puppy socialising too

I find at the park he will bark alot i do as they suggested and move him away and tell him quiet

Any other suggestions what we can do ?

we have a friend near by with a huge rottiweiller but this really scares him so we are leaving that for the time being. I dont want to install fear with him! So we arent letting them play until simba s less afraid!

BMDLuver
September 26th, 2005, 12:35 PM
We had a 12 week old Dane here for a week. She towered over two of the dogs here and yet she would have all her fur raise, bark at them and run away. This went on for 24 hours then she got the picture that all was ok and she had a blast for the rest of the week. She then moved on to a home in Ontario with 3 adult great danes for fostering and did the same thing. Now she loves any and all dogs. It's just a confidence thing. I'm not too sure about the moving away and saying quiet as it seems to me that is reinforcing the lack of confidence... :o I'm not a trainer though so I could very well be wrong.

StaceyB
September 26th, 2005, 12:37 PM
Be careful not to comfort her fears.

LoNScamp
September 26th, 2005, 07:52 PM
Be careful not to comfort her fears.

One of the most common things people do when their dog is acting fearfull is to tell them it is ok, or that they are good and it is ok, or pet them etc., without realizing they are reenforcing the fearful behaviour. It is best to carry on as if nothing has happened. I ususally say "you're being silly and keep on with what we are doing".

I have a 77 pound GSD, my next door neighbour got a min Shnauzer last week. He is nervous of Lola, when he comes to visist which is frequently, I make sure that he has contact with her, but make sure it is in a space where he can go under something like a chair if she is too much for him. The first couple of times he came over he stayed right away from her. Yesterday, he followed her around a bit and acutally chased her tail and went into play stance. Lola also understands gentle, leave and baby, so that helps, not to say she hasn't gotten carried away and put her big paw on him.

The other thing you may want to try is a word like "friend" said in a really upbeat manner around people and other dogs that he is comfortable with and integrate it into his meeting other dogs. I've done it with my rehomed dogs, when I wasn't sure how they would react to people and dogs and it has worked well. I usually use it in a sentence, something like "look a friend and babble on in really upbeat tone repeaditly using friend in the sentances".

LoNScamp
October 5th, 2005, 10:23 PM
Last post I mentioned that when the puppy from next door came over he was nervous of Lola, so I did a varity of things to make him more comfortable. Well it paid off, this 11 week old 5 pound min Schnauzer is no longer afraid of my 77 lb. GSD. He chased her and harrased her so much yesterday she went upstairs to the bedroom to get away from him. Lucky for her he isn't doing stairs yet. LOL

StaceyB
October 5th, 2005, 10:51 PM
A little work goes a long way.
A big problem people have when correcting any behaviour is they think that behaviours will be corrected in a couple days. Thinking this way makes them try something for a couple of days, it doesn't work so they try something else and so on. They never stuck to anything long enough for anything to work.

Prin
October 6th, 2005, 12:02 AM
The problem with removing the doggy every time he barks, Jackie, is that it won't ever get old. Even the barkiest barker in the whole world (a little dominant intact minpin whose owners were dreadfully embarrassed by the constant yapping) stopped barking. It took him a few visits, but when other dogs stopped paying attention, and it was the same dogs all the time, he just settled in. Sure it might be annoying, but it's better to work on not barking at home than at the park to begin with (it's very hard to train stuff in the dog park when it's not 100% out of the dog park yet).

jackieb
October 6th, 2005, 07:17 AM
We take him round the block but he barks at the training classes alot and also if we let him play with a dog near us! He is very scared you can tell i dont think hes learnt how to play yet

From the training and socialising we have got to know another couple who have a Newfoundland shes a month older a little bigger than simba shes very friendly. We have arranged to meet her once a week to get him better and used to other dogs!

BMDLuver
October 6th, 2005, 09:04 AM
Playdates are an excellent way of helping to sociallize! :thumbs up

LoNScamp
October 6th, 2005, 10:01 AM
A little work goes a long way.
A big problem people have when correcting any behaviour is they think that behaviours will be corrected in a couple days. Thinking this way makes them try something for a couple of days, it doesn't work so they try something else and so on. They never stuck to anything long enough for anything to work.

You are right, people look for quick fixes and they don't happen and after 5 or 6 different methods the dog is even more confused as to what is expected of him. In addtion, you need to constantly keep working with the dog, it is a life long learning process, for both the owner and the dog.

jackieb
October 7th, 2005, 05:44 AM
Im not looking for quick fixes hes only 17 weeks and hes on his 4th training and socilising lessons! We walk him to the parks to meet other dogs etc and are arranging play dates