My dog is afraid of dogs, esp. on leash

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  1. ecstatic dog

    ecstatic dog New Member

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    Hi,

    I have a mixed breed rescue dog and he was never properly socialized as a puppy. He is extremely fearful of other dogs. When we are walking if a dog is coming toward us, he puts on the breaks, and would run away if he wasn't on a leash. I can't even get him to walk past the dog, I would have to pull him and probably drag him. I don't think that would be a good way to handle it. I want to make him more 'balanced' so that he is happy to meet other dogs. The other dogs sense his fear and will sometimes act aggressive toward him. I read the Dog Whisperer's book and rented his first season on DVD. I live in LA and tried to contact him so he could possibly live with Cesar's pack, but they aren't seeing any new clients. I've been putting him in doggy day care as an alternative. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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    Laura
     
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    obedience class with a knowledgeable trainer. you may need to start with private lessons where the trainer can slowly bring a stable dog into the picture while you teach your dog that other dogs around = good things for him.

    i would not want him in doggy daycare- too much chance for something bad to happen to him that reinforces that dogs are scary.
     
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    I agree, some private obedience lessons to make him comfortable in the whole "school setting". Perhaps some confidence building, fun stuff.

    Than a small group. I still find it to be amazing how much group obedience classes helps with EVERYTHING. Focus, confidence, general attitudes towards other dogs and just a good mentality.

    GOod luck :)
     

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