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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-10-2004, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Biscuit isn't the hugest fan of other dogs. She has never bitten or anything but she will growl at them. The funny thing is she will accept any dog that comes into the house, she only gets all 'macho' out on the street. I was taking her to the dog pool which was great for her to learn how to swim and to socialise with other dogs. Except for a couple of labradors (she hates labradors the most) that we had to slowly introduce her to (she was playing and sharing food with them off lead after half an hour) she has been really good there. Because the weather is warmer and I want a sun tan we have been going to the beach a couple of times a week. I keep her on lead there cause even though she has only ever growled at other dogs there I don't know her history but I do know that she hasn't bene properly socialised, therefore no trust on my behalf (better to be safe than sorry imo). Anyway on Friday afternoon I realised that she is getting all growly cause she is protecting me. She stands in front of me and growls at any dog that gets too close. There was another female staffy there on Friday and she was a very submissive girl, everytime Biscuit growled at her this girl would roll over and Biscuit was fine with her. She would growl if any came too close but when they were away from us she'd sit on my feet and cry, cause she wanted to play with them. I didn't let her off cause I don't trust her and don't want any law suits on my hands. She is also fine with dogs if she can approach them first, if they approach her she gets defensive. Because I realised that she is protecting me what should I do to let her know it is okay??
Keep in mind I'm using complete strangers dogs here so it needs to be short and simple....I can't ask a stranger to help socialise my dog for half an hour with me!! I've been pulling her to my side and then patting the dog that she was growling with, trying to show her that they aren't going to hurt me. Is this the right thing to do?? Any other suggestions? I've never dealt with this before so I'm not really sure! I'm taking mum's dog with us today and she can be off lead so I'm hoping that Biscuit will also learn from her that these dogs aren't out to hurt us.

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i have no idea dude! just wanted to reply and help with the bumping.


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Thanks Jane!!!! Bumpety bump bump!!!!

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