Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Oakland, CA
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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.