Despite the fines, threats, and attempts to restrain this dog, my neighbor’s chihuahua is still put outidee without a leash or tie-out. So, every time we walk our 13 month old doberman, he attacks her. She cowers. He tries to bite her, and has successfully bitten her a few times. Now, she’s terrified, but still curious about the dog.
And before you go off about how it wouldn’t be fair and BLAH BLAH F**KIN’ BLAH, it’s not dog fighting. If she were to just stand up to the d**n thing, he would leave her alone.
How do I build her confidence? She doesn’t know that she already weighs 53lbs. She could probably eat the thing in one bite.
When you answer, please assume we’ve tried all of the obvious things (animal control, walking the other way, etc.). He roams freely, meaning if he sees us walking the other way, he comes to us. I think I’m just going to get some pepper spray. Some of these answers are pissing me off.
I’m not asking the dog to BITE anybody. All I want is for her not to try and run away every time he barks, growls, bites, or attacks. If she just walked all calm and collected, she would be fine. He only bites her when she tries to get away and shows that she has no confidence.
Your Doberman should look to and depend on you for protection from anything that she sees as threatening and wait for her to pluck up the confidence to handle her own problems.
If that happens – and you do not want it to – it will be because she has learned that you will stand by while something that makes her feel uncomfortably and anxious happens and if submissive, I am not a threat, you win please go away behaviour does not work, may try reacting defensively with a growl/lip curl, and could progress to a snap or outright bite.
You cannot make a dog by leaving it to fend for itself into something it was not born to be, but it can learn to react aggressively driven by fear. If your dog naturally has a less confident nature, she will never be bold and self-confident.
What you should do is show her that she has nothing to worry about because you will stop the Chihuahua from attacking her and in that way she will leave the decision making on how any situation should be handled to you, her leader and confidence in situations she finds unsettling gradually increase.
Carry a sturdy wooden walking stick to sweep in front of you and that should be enough for the Chihuahua to back off and think twice about throwing its weight around again and consider finding a good dog training club, as an experienced trainer would be able to teach you how to understand what your Doberman is "saying" with her body language and how to build her confidence.
My 5-month old puppy is wary of strangers (people not dogs), and I’d like to go about socializing her in the right way. If anyone has some practical tips about our particular situation, I’d appreciate it!
Puppy has met about 8 of our family and friends who come to the house regularly—she knows them and she seems quite happy running around like usual with people she recognizes. But when new people come over or when we go out for walks, she usually shies away from people who try to pet her, especially if they are really aggressively friendly, and if they are tall or big people.
The worst are people who actually bark at her, thinking that this will get her to warm up….she just starts barking right back and then goes into "alarm mode" (barking and running around as if she saw an intruder). She has never snapped or growled, however.
If people don’t approach, she’s fine watching the world go by at the park, etc. She tends to warm up faster towards people who first ignore her, and then slowly let her come to them.
Oh, and she’s a shepherd mix.
So, a few questions!
–Is her behavior "ok"? I don’t mind that she doesn’t just run off with any stranger, but I don’t want her to be a fearful dog either. Does "well-socialized" mean that she’ll let anyone approach/pet her?
–How do you socialize a dog to strangers, when some of the strangers aren’t helping with their overly direct friendliness? I have tried asking people she meets to feed her treats, but she usually won’t take treats from strangers–or even from me when she’s in public and has nervous energy.
–How do you go about training with this type of situation? Is it better to continue exposing her to as many people as possible–even if they are scary to her– or is it better to first not let people come up to her at all unless they know how to be very gentle (baby steps)?
Problem is, she is just so cute and gets tons of attention outside. Most people have only encountered puppies that are ecstatic about people, so they get pretty offended when she tries to dash away.
Thanks in advance for any advice.
–Thanks Belgian Nut! I know it’s in her breed to be reserved around strangers. I’m quite happy that she’s so loyal. I guess I just want to make sure that it’s out of confidence and not out of fear. Telling people to back off isn’t the easiest thing for me, but I’m going to have to do it! Thanks again.
You don`t have to let all and sundry touch and pet your puppy to make her confident around people.
In fact I personally do not let strangers touch any of my gsd pups.
It`s enough to just walk her AMONGST people and crowds to condition her to be unafraid of strangers.
If people,try and pet her just say "sorry its not allowed at the moment as she is in training". Allowing people to force themselves on her can only make her more wary of them.
You don`t want an over friendly dog that runs up to all and sundry expecting a fuss from them.
Taking this pup out and about to see the world and also doing some training with her will help to boost her confidence no end. Joining a good Dog Club may also help.
There is a fine line between a dog that is shy and fearful and a dog that is just wary of strangers. Just be sure that you know which behaviours your pup is showing.
As a pup matures, especially with the Gsd (although yours is a mix) it should be confident but a bit aloof in the presence of strangers. But should allow a stranger to touch it without showing any fear, but not showing any overtures to the stranger itself.
Wariness is not a bad thing as long as after the initial wariness the dog appears confident about the situation.
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My cousins have a dog that they would like to practice agility with, and we where wondering if anyone knew a place in Toronto that has an "open" dog agility club, so if you are a member you can go in and practice agilility over all the obstacles at your own will?
If anyone knows of one in Toronto that would be great!
Some of the ones Alisha listed don’t even offer agility. The only one of those that lists that they have open member hours is Doggie Central http://www.doggiecentral.ca/ and it seems to be pretty limited.
That’s really all I could find, which is interesting because Toronto’s such a big city, and I know of three dog gyms like what you’re describing in my area, and I live in a much smaller city. I think having open member hours like a gym is a new idea, and one of the trainers in my area had the idea to do it, and people liked it, so other businesses followed suit to stay competitive.
Is this someone who has already taken agility classes, and just wants to be able to practice on their own, or is this someone who has never trained on agility equipment before and just wants to try it out? If it’s the latter, then I would recommend taking classes first. There’s certain ways that things should be trained as to not hurt or scare the dog. It’s best to start with classes to learn from a professional. If they’re just looking for some extra practice time on their own, they could try the place listed above, or they can always call any of the other places and ask if they could pay to use the facility on their own on occasion.
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