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Hav getting along with other dogs

My 2 year old Hav named Holly seems to be fine with other dogs, especially small ones. There is a small dog who lives down the street that is about 11 months old whose owner drops by to visit when on a walk. They get along fine. However, yesterday my daughter offered to watch this dog and my dog was absolutely terrible with him. She growled and snapped at him the whole time. My daughter had to put Holly in her crate because of how mean she was acting. The other dog wanted to play with her and jumped on her back and at that point, Holly almost seemed afraid of her and kept her tail between her legs also. Could anyone give me any advice about this, I really want her to get along with other dogs and this other one is so sweet, I would love to watch her again. Any advice????
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-22-2010, 10:24 AM
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Hey,
I just took my 1/2 hav, 1/2 shih tzu 7 months old, to get his therapy dog certification. I thought Ollie was bullet proof socialized, but he growled alot a the 'friendly' dog test item. it was an intact lab. a big one. Ollie isn't scared of big dogs, but i think he might be a little scared of big male dogs. I have a female anatolian 125 lbs, and I hafta to say, in general Ollie is a ladies man. he greeted 3 females at the assessment without a problem, all big dogs, you know like goldens.

I was horrified that he did that. clearly I missed something and Ollie knows the difference b/t a puppy and an adult male dog, b/c he's been a star at all his puppy classes and tends to gravitate toward big dogs off leash, but I do think almost all of them are fixed.

I'm taking him now to meet more adult dogs, on walks, outside my neighborhood, and I'll bug a trainer who does conformation to see if ollie can meet more intact males.
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Part of the problem may have been that Holly was feeling threatened in her own territory. My Tori acts much differently w/dogs in neutral territory than she does when they're on her turf. She gets along fine w/pretty much all other dogs. However, if one tries to get on her back watch out! She will growl and snap faster than lightning. In her mind, she's the only one allowed to display such behavior. She definitely wants to "call the shots" and be the dominant one. She'll act this way no matter where she's at.

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I think if you start by having smaller dogs come over for a visit to your house, short time frame, and then bring the size up, and the time frame longer. She just needs time to get used to the idea of having friends over.
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Yes. I think you are right. She was there for 4 hours which was quite a long time without the owner with him.
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