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Socializing with Big Dogs
Hi everyone! I am pretty new to the forums (ok, I have been lurking and gleaning as much advice as possible on everything from potty training to feeding) but I need some advice on socializing. Finn is my very first dog and I love him to bits. He is 7 months old.
Our neighborhood is super dog friendly. Round about 4pm every afternoon, all the dog parents bring their babies out to the green belt areas to play off-leash. There is a mix of big and small dogs and everyone is very friendly.
The problem is one beautiful 18 month old Golden retriever who thinks our Finn looks like a bunny and wants to chase and nip him. The first time we came out he scared my figurative pants off, charging me when Finn was in my arms and nearly knocking me down. Today, it happened again, the dog was actually on leash but tore away from his mama to get at Finn. I picked him up and the dog nipped my arm, didn't break the skin but I have a scrape and I think a bruise by morning.
Do I keep going out to the dog party hoping that this dog will get used to Finn and leave him be? Or does this sound just too dangerous? Thanks for any advice!