Gryff and Jinx Mommy
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Paltz, NY
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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!