Ever since Maggie was almost attacked in the spring by a large dog while at the park we have been having problems.
When we go for walks and another leashed dog approaches she either hides next to me or goes nuts with the barking. She always was so loving towards any dog but since this incident I think it might be getting worse.
Today we met a puggle (pug/beagle mix) whom we might be doggie watching for a few days. We had thought it would be good for my girls to meet him first. As luck would have it the puggle gave a little growl/grumble at Hannah and that was it. Maggie was having nothing to do with this dog. She barked at him non-stop and if he came near her she hid behind me or her grandma. We tried to reassure her and the puggle approached with wagging tail but still no give on Maggie.
I am really thinking it is getting worse rather than better. If another dog makes any kind of "false move" Maggie is scared.
We are going to try another meeting on more neutral ground to see if that might help. I still wonder if a trainer might be able to help us or if another round of doggie school for socialization might work.
Okay... this is going to be a weird question. Be completely honest with yourself. How do you feel when you are approaching another dog with yours in tow? If you have any anxiety or are harboring some fear of another incident, your baby could be picking up on that. She then thinks, "Oh, mom is scared, I need to hide". Or, "Mom is scared, I need to bark and chase that dog away!". You'd be surprised the change you'd see if you approached these situations in complete control of your emotions. Just be strong for the pup, and see if she follows suit.
If you aren't having problems with keeping your emotions in check, then ignore what I suggested and just give her extra time to get to know a new dog. She will be understandably leary for awhile. How long ago did this happen? You might have said, sorry if you did and I missed it.
Edit: Okay, I see that you said it was in the spring. If you don't come into contact with that many dogs on a regular basis, she could just need more time and more interactions.
I had thought of that and do wonder if it is me. I try not to be the issue BUT maybe I am pulling a bit giving her the wrong idea. When we meet this puggle again in a few days I might let my husband hold her leash and see if the reaction is different.
We are also going to be seeing 2 of my co-workers dogs tomorrow. I will make sure hubby has her to see if that helps.