New User - Need Advice Please!
Hello everyone! You can call me Splendid, and I am the proud momma of a 7 month old chi named Poncho. We are in Australia. I actually joined this forum because I’ve been having some issues with him lately and I can take all the help I can get.
Poncho is 7 months old, he’s very tiny, and he is absolutely terrified of all other dogs. Even other chihuahuas. Admittedly I didn’t socialise him much until he was about 3 months old because he didn’t have all his shots and I was too afraid to take him out (first time dog owner here). So that may be the cause of the issue, but i really need to resolve it. I’d love to see him run and play with other dogs. Having him cower between my legs while the rest of them play and then pee in fear if a dog comes up to greet him, it’s just heartbreaking.
I take him out on multiple walks every day to expose him to people and other dogs with treats, and he’s starting to come around to people, but dogs are still a big issue for him. It’s really hard to make the experiences positive because a lot of people here walk their dogs off leash, which frees them up to charge at poor little poncho, who freaks out excessively because he doesn’t know what’s going on. They only ever want to play, but he is so terrified he begins to snarl and snap and sometimes he will pee.
He’s even scared of people walking their dogs on the leash, because most of the time they will pull towards him to try to greet him and sometimes they will bark.
I’m not sure what to do at all. I don’t want to stop walking him for fear someone else might be walking their dog, But whenever I do walk him and we run into someone with dogs, I feel he is just getting more and more scared each time. Any sort of advice on this would be very greatly appreciated. I love him to bits and he is so perfect otherwise. I just want him to be a happy dog and not be so nervous all the time.