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I’m pro-trainer because I learned how easy it is to miss something, especially when things are going well overall. It doesn’t have to be a super intense, long term thing, it’s just helpful to get outside observation on something that could potentially become serious. It may just be he needs to feel safe because of that incident but as he has opportunities he will warm up again. Its hard to know because maybe he’s picking up on something from the yorkie, even though she’s tiny. I’m so suspicious of yorkies, lol! If the incident scared him badly enough, though, anything can reinforce his fear, so a behaviorist would be your best bet. The trainer we worked with is honest about referring people to behaviorists when there are signs of bigger issues. To me it was worth it just to hear, “he’s so easy and teachable!” I think it was $40 for half an hour (although there are trainers in my area who actually charge less but for a contracted number of appointments, or more because they charge for a full hour plus travel) and he was walking without pulling by the end. (We’d been working on it and he was loose leash most of the time but there was this other component we couldn’t figure out.) Working with a behaviorist on social issues and anxiety can be a little different, and maybe that’s what you need, but in my area the good ones have long waiting lists. A few sessions with a trainer might make a huge difference and help you determine if you need something more.
I completely relate to the yorkie thing - we have the worst luck with other small dog breeds! Sundance gets all excited to play but the small dogs don’t run around as much as he does. He’ll introduce himself and they’ll all sniff around and then he’ll invite them to chase him, but most of them ignore it. He’s pretty respectful of these signals, just disappointed! When small dogs do play with him, half the time he ends up running away and hiding under my legs. His first choice of playmate is a large breed puppy, and they seem to match his energy level best. There was an 8 month old goldendoodle at the dog park last time and it was like he hit the jackpot! I think a lot of the large breed dogs are more gentle.
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