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elmo75
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Other dogs

Post by elmo75 » 16 Nov 2013, 13:18

Hello All,
Now that Bronte is walking off lead daily; I have had several people warn me to be careful of other dogs attacking her. She is incredibly friendly towards all other dogs that we meet and as of yet, we have had no problems with any aggression from any other dogs. I was just wondering if anyone has any advice of what to do should we have an unfortunate encounter?
I'm hoping it won't ever happen, but feel clueless as to what I should / could do if it did.

Thanks,
Ellie xxx
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Re: Other dogs

Post by Laura&chip » 16 Nov 2013, 13:37

No advice really as it's not happened to me but my mums lasa apso was picked up and shook by a dog out walking and my mum just had a rant at the owner luckily the man managed to get his dog off as dread to think what would of happened..

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Re: Other dogs

Post by Laura&chip » 16 Nov 2013, 13:39

Ps the man was around 30 my mum is 74 lol

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Post by Bid » 16 Nov 2013, 14:26

If a dog attacks yours and yours fights back, try not to grab the collar, as that is too close to the bitey end. Grabbing the tail close to the base and lifting upwards is the most effective way to separate fighting dogs. If you regularly walk in an area where there are aggressive dogs, I think carrying a pet correcter spray would be a good idea. I wouldn't advocate their use as training aids, but a blast of one would be enough to make 90% of dogs stop in their tracks and give you a chance to get your dog behind you and to yell at the offending dog. I keep one in thecar but don't actually carry it - thankfully I've not come across many aggressive dogs off lead.
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Post by MillieTheDoodle » 16 Nov 2013, 17:14

Well thankfully, Millie has never been attacked, but Cassie a couple of months ago has, could of been bad if it wasn't stopped. Luckily not too bad but we were walking down a lane sort of thing with woods either side so we had to pass each other, and this huge Akita typish dog (on lead, my two were off) came towards us. My good little dogs stayed next to me, and I asked if he was friendly, he said "yeah she's fine, they can say hi if they want", so allowed my two to go, Cassie went up to it and it went for her, it only lasted seconds as he dragged his dog away and I grabbed a scared Cassie! But while it was happening, Millie just watched so I picked her up so she couldn't get into it. It hadn't bit Cass, but you could see that it tried, here was drooly stuff all over her. Cassie was a bit shocked but fine, but my heart almost stopped, I was the most scared!

I generally ask if the dogs okay, and if it's on a lead, probably put yours on, and bids advice is good about the tail thing, but what if you had a bulldog or something :lol: :?:

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Re: Other dogs

Post by Douglas » 16 Nov 2013, 18:14

I don't know how old Bronte is but if she is is around or under six months old I would avoid walking in a park with her. Sadly it is a fact that dogs up to six months old are the ones most likely to be attacked by older dogs. Six months old is the most risky time to walk your dog in a park. You can meet a lot of other dogs whilst walking around your local area and it lessens the chance of older dogs showing aggression to your own dog.

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Post by Bid » 16 Nov 2013, 19:24

She does need to meet dogs off lead though :|
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Re: Other dogs

Post by Douglas » 16 Nov 2013, 20:03

Try and find a dog club where they train outdoors and when you get to the off lead stage your dog will be introduced to friendly dogs and allowed to play safely in a controlled environment. If your dog is young its important to try and meet none aggressive dogs as what happens in there first few months can effect the rest of their lives.

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Post by Liz!! » 16 Nov 2013, 20:16

I have found adult dogs tend to just warn puppies with a snarl and good telling off if they go too far, but ignore them on the whole.
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Post by Bid » 17 Nov 2013, 11:12

I wonder about the people giving the warning - do they have dogs? In my experience the majority of dogs know how to greet other dogs, and going out for a walk is a social event for both owner and dog. Sometimes a youngster gets carried away, and as Liz says, they get told off and hopefully learn from it. Some teenage dogs are a bit too boisterous and have to be called away by their owners. Very rarely is a dog actually aggressive, and when they are they are almost always kept on lead. There are exceptions of course, but they are not the norm. Do you think that perhaps the people issuing the warning have out of control dogs themselves and don't want a new well-behaved dog on the block to disrupt their walks? :?
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Re: Other dogs

Post by ClareV » 17 Nov 2013, 21:45

Hmmmm... I had heard that puppies are generally well tolerated by older dogs; they have a 'puppy license'. Charlie did not get into trouble as a puppy. My neighbour has a pup who does leap about all over him, but he growls at her whilst wagging his tail, asking her politely to get off his face. Only if she still ignores him does he tick her off.

Socialisation is really important. Are you near any other Doodlers? There are a few of us in Herts / Essex who meet fortnightly or thereabouts, and the dogs are really friendly.

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Re: Other dogs

Post by elmo75 » 17 Nov 2013, 22:16

Thanks everyone for your thoughts. I feel a little more clued up now as to what I would do if anything did happen, here's hoping it doesn't! Claire; we live in Essex! Are you part if the same group that are meeting for a Christmas secret Santa?? We're hoping to come to that!
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Post by ClareV » 17 Nov 2013, 22:30

I think the Xmas meet is at Hockley Wood, though that is a long way for us... There is a doodle meet this Saturday at 11am at Cheshunt / Broxbourne... Might be worth you joining the Herts / n w London Middx Facebook site too as most of us are in both groups. Think there will be 6 or 7 doods out this Saturday, so yours would meet some lovely dogs. Would certainly be shown how to swim, as no doubt the others will be jumping in the river (Fozzie is a legend!)

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Re: Other dogs

Post by Douglas » 17 Nov 2013, 23:25

Bid I take you are referring to me as I have given out a warning and you wonder if I have ever owned a dog. I have had five dogs, I ran my own successful dog training club for five years, I have been training dogs for 12 yrs. I do one to one dog training for a living. I am a dog training assessor for a well known dog training academy,I have over 23 certificates in dog training and certificates in dog behaviour. I have lost count of the courses I have attended over the last ten or so years. Not all dogs sort things out by themselves there area lot of folk around at the moment who get a kick out of there dogs fighting other dogs, especially in city parks and no my dog has no issues. Douglas Cocks CDB dist

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Re: Other dogs

Post by suebedo » 18 Nov 2013, 00:02

Elmo75, we will be at the Christmas meet and also at the one next week which is a bit nearer for us. I think they are both in Essex but whenever we can meet other doods, we do. It has helped to socialise both of mine so that they become confident and happy dogs. It also makes them happy to go in the car as they normally go to nice places after a long drive.

There are always risks when you take your dogs out. Today we had a lovely walk in our local country park which was mostly off lead. The only incident came from the only other Labradoodle that we saw all day, in the cafe area where all dogs have to be on leads. We were talking to the owner and not paying any attention to the dogs who were obviously feeling a bit too close for comfort - being on a lead, they could not put a comfortable distance between them. No harm done - handbags at dawn with a lot of noise and we simply sat one table away but it was completely our fault.

The hardest thing is controlling your own anxiety which could be passed onto the puppy.

Douglas - I read Bid's reply and assumed she was referring to the people Elmo75 said had warned her to be careful. I'm sure it was not directed at you as she was asking if the people had dogs.
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