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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-13-2008, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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For the dogs afraid of dogs

I figured out a few interesting things about Gryff this weekend with his relationship to other dogs.

He has a few doggie friends. He didn't become chums right away with any of them. What I figured out the common thread is is that they went for a few walks together first. Somehow that seems to put them on common ground.

Yesterday I had Gryff out at our local start of Little League parade. He would cower in fear everytime he got close to a small dog, but he was very interested in the enormous dogs (we're talking Pyrenese Mtn. Dog here). Upon reflection, other than his gal pal Maggie who is a sheltie, his other doggie friends are a German Shepherd and a Rottweiller. Hmmm. Do I detect a pattern here? It is also interesting that he seems to prefer adults to kids. I think he feels more comfortable because these larger beings are a bit more predictable.

My son's friend was over for the afternoon. Her parents picked her up and brought their Lhasapoo puppy with them. She's about 6 months old. At first, Gryff was cowering as usual, but then we went for a little walk. While on the walk, Gryff rolled over on his back like he often does around other dogs. Then, he decided it was playtime. Earlier at the park, he was hiding behind me around a 4 month old silky terrier! Wuss.

Anyway, I think I may have figured out how to deal with Gryff's fear of other dogs. And by the way, we haven't had any growling for two days! Yippie!

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Anyway, I think I may have figured out how to deal with Gryff's fear of other dogs. And by the way, we haven't had any growling for two days! Yippie!
Ivy! That ROCKS! Really, that's great news. Especially if he's been around so many other people and kids.

Interesting about his preference to larger dogs. Is he always submissive with other dogs, yet not with Alec all of the time?

Gucci is subjected to more BIG dogs than smaller ones, though I can't say I've ever seen her scared of them. Only one particular dog (Pit mix) that was loose in the neighborhood one day, she basically ran and jumped in my arms and there was a fence between them. She must've sensed something because I've seen her BULLY dogs that are 4x her size and put them in a corner and eat their food (no joke!)

But I get SO worried when she plays with bigger dogs because I'm afraid she'll get hurt, she's WAY too bold for my comfort.

Its good to notice all these patterns with Gryff, I bet you'll know what makes him tick in no time.

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Isn't comforting to see yourself become more aware of your dog!?
with time you'll learn more and more....

Sierra is very particular about other dogs....some dogs (tall or small) she'll run away from, other dogs she'll bounce towards to and start playing!

Some just need a manual, thing is, you need to write that manual yourself by trial and error

Enjoy this learning curve!

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Ivy, glad to hear about the growling. Hope he continues on this path.
At the dog park, Kodi always preferred the bigger dogs like the Rotties and Great Danes. He was also selective with the smaller dogs. he loved Min Pins, but stayed away from the Pugs. Go figure.

My daughter has 2 Dachshunds and the dogs are always together. But, it is only recently that Kodi has started playing with them. Shelby never has a problem, she is more outgoing.

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I've heard that when introducing new dogs to each other it's always best to do so over a walk. They concentrate on the walk rather than each other.
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