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Socialising a 6 month old pup

Post by Madali on Tue Jan 24 2017, 09:32

Hi we have a 6 month old staffy that we are hoping is going to be our caravan companion during the summer months... Tips on socialising please.. we often meet dogs on our walks and let him have a sniff.. today we met a husky whilst having a sniff and a bit of a jump about the husky snapped resulting in alot of barking and teeth hearing from our young man... How do I if I can turn him into one of these dogs that doesn't really bother with other dogs at all...???
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Post by Madali on Tue Jan 24 2017, 09:51

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Post by GRAHAM.C on Tue Jan 24 2017, 23:23

You can do no more than you have done.Just like myself and Tess who is now 7 months,we done exactly the same as yourself letting her meet up with as many dogs as possible and be friendly.But sometimes with out of nowhere you meet one that isn't friendly and it is a natural response for a staff to go on the defensive.
I had the same thing with Tess when she was about 4 months old.There was 2 ladies that live near me and every day they walk their terrier type dogs.Tess had met these on a regular basis on her walks and they all seemed to get on very well,and then one day when I was on the way back from a walk we saw these ladies and there dogs on the opposite side of the road,when they came over to where we were Tess was there tail wagging hoping for a friendly bit of play but as they got near started to bark,she ignored that and waited tail still wagging until all of a sudden one of them jumped at Tess and started snapping.Tess is a very strong little bitch with plenty of spirit and naturally retaliated.This was the last thing I wanted to happen,but could do nothing about it.Ever since that day when ever Tess meets up with another dog her hackles are up ready until she knows the other dog is not going to start trouble.When she knows the other dog is no threat the tail starts wagging and all is fine.
Staffs love people and are fine with other dogs,but any staff worth his salt will not tolerate insults or be bullied from another dog.I have bred and kept staffs for nearly 30 years and has always tried to avoid any confrontation with other dogs but sometimes it can happen out of the blue without any warning,just be ready.
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Re: Socialising a 6 month old pup

Post by LizP on Wed Jan 25 2017, 08:29

I agree, just keep happy meetings going and keep relaxed. The big thing to avoid is tension. If you become worried, and especially if you hold the lead tight or even pull, you will create a feeling of worry in your dog. Worry rather than aggression is the biggest cause of socialisation problems so you want to avoid that as much as you can. If there is a glitch, still stay calm and, as soon as it is safe to, go into happy, fun mode.

The other thing - and it's not clear from you post if you do this or not - is not to let your boy go up to other dogs unless you are sure it's ok. Ask the other owner first if necessary. I know I'm not the only one with a dog who can keep relaxed with other dogs around but who really isn't keen on a dog he doesn't know coming into his space. It's really good to teach a pup not to bound up to others but instead to wait until you say 'go play', and to leave another dog alone if you ask him to. So yes to lots of interaction with other dogs but only when it is with the right dogs.


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