I took my dog, Shadow, to training class today and when we first got there we had a rough start. The class started 30 minutes late so we were standing outside the whole time so I walked him around a little bit and let him go to the bathroom and then all of a sudden this girl (well she was like 50 something) came around the corner with her American Bulldog. I didnt think anything of but then she walked her dog by Shadow and of course they sniffed each other but he was very rigid and looked like he was ready to attack (her dog not mine). But I kept my cool and allowed her to pass with him and continue walking. THEN, she came around again and allowed our dogs to meet. I was like "Ok Shadow say hi" but it was getting kind of annoying because her dog seemed mean and didnt look at ALL too friendly. Then out of nowhere Shadow snaps at him causing her dog to snap back (now dont hold me to that statement because I dont remember exactly whos dog snapped first). I quickly pulled him away and corrected him allowing him to calm down but he just kept going at it. I moved away and tried my best to avoid her after that.
But as most of you know my Pomeranian was killed last year by a dog similar to that dog. Could that have something to do with his reaction today? I was thinking along the lines of he had a flash back of that day and just snapped. I dont know and it scared me so that is why I am asking all you guys. I tried my best to show everyone he wasn't a mean dog and that today he just got up on the wrong side of the doghouse but he tried to bite like everyones dogs so no one wanted near us. Luckily the trainer stepped in and said yes you guys Shadow is not usually like this it must just be from all the new dogs around.
Well I just want to see what you all say about this because it confused the heck out of me. I plan on calling the trainer tomorrow and asking her advice.
Yeah... it is a REALLY scary thing... my pit/lab bit mu poodle mix in defense to being bitten first..however, she could have killed him because she is soo much biger in size.... what do you do when the dogs live with each other.. this happend yesterday... but now i'm scarred to leave them in the same room for a milli-second... :-(
Just a gal who loves her 3 cats and 3 dogs....they ARE my Kids!
Well see thats the thing flip is I was a little edgy I guess but I tried to stay confident and calm for both of us and when it happened I didnt flip out I simply pulled him away. But I dont know it could have been that. But I also tried to do the whole submissive posture around the dogs he had a problem with but everytime I went to touch him he flipped and started freaking out so I thought it was best just to let him be and not try to push him to hard. He seems fine today though so I have NO IDEA still what happened.
Thank you PatchOPits. All my trainer did was tell me to go outside and walk him whenever he tried to fight a dog. Thats all. No advice, no anything. The only thing good she said was the part about him no usually being like that. Our next meeting is where we will be testing our dogs for the certificate where it says they are safe to be in public and what not. One of the tests will be going up to a person with a dog and letting them greet while we chat. This is the one I am dreading, EXSPECIALLY if I have to go up to the dog(s) he had a problem with last time. I'm trying to stay calm though and not let my fear transmitt to him.
Sweetie, first of all, tell your trainer, that you won't be doing the meet and greet thing at all, if you're feeling nervous about it, and cetainly not with the AB.If you've gotten to know a couple of others in the class, and you know their dogs are big teddy bears, ask to do this part with one of those dogs. It takes quite a while to recover from a traumatic death of a dog, and your trainer is not taking this into consideration, unfortunately. I think you did a very good job of not freaking out, and keeping your dog under control.Keep going, and persevere, eventually you'll feel much better around other dogs. Good Luck.
Thanks Pen2 SOOO much. It is great advice I will keep it with me. I called her today like I said I would be doing but she wasn't home so I left her a message telling her I would either hear from her by Tuesday or I would be calling back. I will speak with her then about this whole thing and I will go from there. I most defiently will NOT be doing it with the AB NO WAY NO HOW!