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|05-16-2015, 09:04 PM||#1|
Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: New York
How is your yorkie with other dogs? Dogs he or she doesn't know?
I rescued Moxie in Jan, and I'm still figuring out her tendencies with other dogs. At first, she was terrified of them because her previous owners kept her inside
With a lot of socialization over the past few months, she has become much better. A few times, she has gotten down and dirty and had fun playing and wrestling with other little dogs, which I love. However, she more generally sniffs them and lets them sniff her, and then movies on or sometimes just seems indifferent. If a dog gets too pushy or has crazy energy, she will give a little warning growl, but she never barks or gets aggressive. So that's good, but I just think she would have a happier doggy life if she would run around and go crazy at the small dog park or with other small dogs, but it seems to not happen less than it does. How can I encourage it?
|05-16-2015, 09:47 PM||#2|
♥ Love My Tibbe! ♥
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: D/FW, Texas
Maybe she's a little overly cautious, as my second Yorkie, Jilly, always was. My Tibbe spent his first 9 mos. of life in a cage and you would think he'd be scared or aggressive toward other dogs but he just melts when he sees one. He's wiggly from his waist back, body bent in a kind of C-shape front-to-back, head kind of low, ears back, eyes squinted and respectfully avoiding direct eye contact, muzzle relaxed, soft, mouth open in dog laughter and play-bowing frequently to encourage other, nervous dogs to see it's okay to approach him. Still, if they hold back, he respects their energy and stops politicking and acts more dignified, still giving little invitations if they will be accepted but finally gives up and acts disinterested if it's a no-go. If a dog will join him and play, they are off and running in play.
The only thing I could suggest is just keep socializing her as much as possible so that she's totally desensitized to all kinds of dogs, always being careful to keep her safe if she acts unsure of another dog's hostile or dominant attitude.
Keep the sessions short and sweet until she acts happy around most dogs (unless she gets surly warning signals) so that each socialization ends, if possible, positively and she doesn't feel locked into staying near to a dog she might feel uncomfortable around for long periods of time.
I don't know if she's leashed during these sessions but often leashed dogs realize they are essentially bait and cannot escape at the end of that leash if another dog chooses to attack them so often they are tense when meeting other dogs while leashed unless you let them know you are in charge and relaxed, confident about keeping them safe in all situations or you get her out of there. She will "read" your attitude and relax more. So when you sense the other dog is friendly, try to keep a very loose leash so she senses she's got some latitude of movement if she needs to and a momma who is in charge of the scene so she doesn't have to worry so much about getting attacked when she's on the lead.
Jeanie and Tibbe
One must do the best one can. You may get some marks for a very imperfect answer: you will certainly get none for leaving the question alone. C. S. Lewis
|05-17-2015, 04:50 AM||#3|
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: NJ USA
I dont know if this idea would help but it surely wont hurt. I take Sunni to group training classes at Petsmart. Im sure there are better trainers out there, but I like it there because its close to home, there are lots of people coming and going. In fact I take her with me if I need any supplies and she feels like a queen because everyone knows her name, and gush all over her I do take her out when ever I can...and walk her 3 - 4 times a day. She's gotten much better. This week she was not happy when I started to watch my daughters Bulldog while shes away...but now almost 5 days later, they are best buddies! Too much so sometimes. He doesn't know how big he is and she doesnt know how little she is, lol. Bears great though, he does seem to know how to be gentle with her. I do have to keep an eye on them because of sheer size difference.