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Old 06-24-2013, 02:05 AM
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Unhappy Very Nervous Puppy?

Hi Everyone!

Malibu and I could really use your help! She's gotten older now to the point that she goes pretty much everywhere that my family and I do. She loves people and really adapts quickly to new friends or family who come by. What she seems to have real trouble with is adapting to other dogs. When she's on her leash and walking or in the dog park if another dog approaches she will drop to the ground, roll onto her back and make a noise quite literally like she's been seriously injured even if the other dog hasn't even come in contact with her! It's distressing to say the least and often leaves other people apologizing for their dogs when they are not to blame. What's interesting is that she loves to make contact with our cat and tries to be friends with her, even if the cat isn't as interested. It just seems like other dogs set something off in her.

Any help you can provide would be fantastic!

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Old 06-24-2013, 02:58 AM
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She is being extremely submissive. Scared to death!! Does she pee also? Sometimes they do this also. I would hold her and let other dogs sniff her (make sure they are friendly). Is there a puppy class where she could meet other dogs?
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:37 AM
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this is the EXACT issue we went through with princess, and are still working on. first thing to reamber is this will be a process. we have been working with this since march. you need to get her around dogs as much as possible. When we started the work with Princess, we were at the pet store EVERY day. with EVERY dog we saw, I asked the owner if there dog was friendly. if the answere was yes, I sat princess down on the ground with her bottom facing the other dog, and held her there for the other dog to sniff her. this is the proper way for dogs to great each other. we then reversed the rolls. I then gave her a bunch of praise for doing good. reamber NOT to pet her, or try to comfort her when she is nervious. all that will do is to reinforce her fears. after 6 wks of doing this, plus her going to doggy school once a wk, she was able to go up to other dogs, on her own, to say hi. I used the phrase, "did you do good?". she QUICKLY learned that ment she was a very good girl, and got excited. she soon learned to go up to dogs, then turn in a very happy way, and looked at me as if to say "I did it mom". she would then again get lots of praise. now that she likes to go up and say hi to other dogs, (even if the other dog scares her a tiny bit, but she recovers fast), we now only go there 2 times a wk. that is for training class and she now goes to supervised play group so she can learn how to play with dogs that don't live with her. she still has a ways to go, but she is getting there. the trainer feels she will be ready for the dog park by winter. I can't wait!
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