|Oliver (in the middle) Joins the Big Dogs|
at the Park for a Group Greeting
I have a toy poodle that is about 7 years old. She is prissy and fearful of bigger dogs. Our neighborhood is like dog central. Mostly larger dogs but a few small ones like Chihuahuas and a Boston Terrier, plus a few crosses or rescued mutts. When I walk Muffin she is always interested in visiting other small dogs. She’s not playful but she does sniff and sort of say hello in a doggy way. Sometimes she will even stop to see a medium-sized dog like one cocker that lives around the corner. But when we see a bigger dog she will snap and growl if we get too close. I have to avoid these dogs and their owners so that Muffin doesn’t get herself into trouble. I don’t want her to get hurt. Is there a way to help her understand when a larger dog is friendly and ok to say hello to? I don’t know how to help her with this. Any tips you have would be appreciated.
Thank you, Janet
- Checking in with you on her own (not barking)
- Steering clear of the dog on her own (as you’ve shown her do to many times before)
- Approaching the other dog slowly on her own (don’t force this)
- Allowing the dog to sniff while she’s calm on a loose leash (your behavior coach can help you get to this level).
|Oliver's Ears Tell the Story:|
He's on High Alert Here
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Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA works with families with fearful and aggressive dogs in Houston, TX. He’s a regular contributor to allthingsdogblog.com, Chron.com and his own blog michaelbaugh.com