My pet (a cocker spaniel) belongs to a dog therapy group. At one outing she was approached by two blue tick hounds, she was only one at the time, four now. I know the pets were just coming to say hello, but really scared her. She is now non accepting of any other dog except the three she has know since she was 12 weeks old. She doesn't try to bite, but gives a real holler for them to back off. I want to get her used to my son and daughter-in-laws new pup(a golden) very bouncy, cute as a button, but she is not happy about it. Any suggestions? She seems to do fine with him outside, but not indoors. He is 4mos and 36 pounds, she is about 25 pounds. I really hate this, because I didn't want her to be like most people think cockers are. In everything else, she is great, with kids people, the seniors at the nursing homes. They can pull on her ears and everything. Really need some help. Thanks.
yes, i've talked with trainers and they just say the same, work with her and other dogs have treats ready for the good behavior. I do try that, it works some times, but I think I am the one who is more upset and worried about it. I get really nervous if another dog approaches. I just want her to be social with them. the one dog that she only sees once is a while is an older lab, and she just ignores my dog when she gets mouthy, she may not be so lucky doing it to one she doesn't know who is not submissive or will put up with that. I work at a vet, and she sees other dogs all day long, if the client holds them up to my counter she just really goes off. She may think they are going to invade her space, but she does it if she sees them out the window too. this is when I have used the citronella bark collar, that works, but i really would like to have her behave without it.
If it makes you feel any better. My pomeranian never liked ANY other dogs. She always attacked them. I think she did that because when she was a baby I was frightened they would hurt her so I always shooed them away. She saw me do it, so she did it.
All my dogs never had a problem with that at all...untill last fall. We moved, and down the street there was a lab mix that was allowed to roam free, and always wandered into my yard. At the time, we had no fence, but my dogs were always supervised when outside, and never ever left the side of the yard. Just so happened that lab mix did not like little dogs, and attacked two of mine. Only superficial wounds but they were really stressed. Talked to the labs owner (many many times) but to make a long story short she never contained her dog...the situation escalated, and after the 4th attack 2 of my dogs needed stiches. I was right there when it happened - kicking the lab to get her off my dogs. Now -- my dogs are very sensitive to other dogs. They end up getting along fine, but when they first meet them - they all have a bit of fear driven agression. Wish I had a good answer for you. Sorry.
the trainers are correct. maybe you should not start off with just any dog though. maybe you should start with smaller dogs and work up to the bigger ones. also to you should probably expose her to dogs that are fairly mellow and not over exuberant like a golden puppy. if she can learn to accept the quieter ones that aren't going to immediately invade her space maybe she will eventually be calmer with more active dogs.
I'm going to try and make some suggestions that I hope help but I have a question first, see if she does this behaviour when your not around, if your not there does she freak out at the other dog? Heres my suggestion: It will take some training from you and consistancy. When a dog comes near, put her into a sit(reward) and her full attention on you(reward) as the dog gets closer the treats come faster. You want to associate dog comeing closer more treats comeing. Only reward if she doesn't react to the dog. In the CGN test I beleive this test is in it. to not be distracted from you.... but anyway...if her attention is not solid I do have an exercise which will help with attention. Have her in a sit in front of you, say "fido come, and sit" faceing you Have a treat in your right hand (between fingers so she can see it) hold it up beside your head, she will probly sit and stare at the treat. What you want to do is just stand there(keep still otherwise) with the treat by your head and stare at her till her eyes meet yours. When her eyes meet your eyes straight on reward her with the treat, as quick as lightning, and say "Yes"(some dogs do take a while to get the point so be patient) Keep doing this excersize in this position till she all together stops looking at the treat and figures out that looking you straight in the eyes gets her the treat faster. After shes perfected that move the treat somewhere else like straight out arms length. Eventually you'll be able to move your arm anywhere (even behind you back)and she will always look straight at you. Then when a dog is comeing near you can put her into a sit and reward her for being calm and ignoreing the dog(outside and indoors).Good Luck, Sue
thanks sue, good info. i have tried some of this with rowdy rover class, maybe too many dogs at once in the room. she is rarely without me. she goes with me to work, so the only time she is not with me is if i go to the store or out with family. maybe it is because she is so dependant on me, that would be my fault. i will try your suggestions on a more consistant basis. wish me luck and thanks. scout, thank you too for your advice. what is really strange, is that we used to have 100 lb dog that was her best friend, unfortunately, passed over last march that"s why i was really surprised at her not liking the larger dogs whats even funnier is she loves kittens no problem at all with them i will heed both of your advice and hope for the best> thanks again you guys>