06-01-2018, 07:33 PM
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The new reactivity could be do to a fear period. Dogs can suddenly spook at things that were just fine before. Or it could be that your dog is stressed out by too many dogs in general. Or maybe one or two dogs gave your dog a weird look...or their energy is not a match for your dog. Like my new pup Puma drives my older shy dog Gracie crazy when she bounds in past her sometimes. Gracie will growl at her to tell her cut out the nonsense.
I have a 5 month old pup named Puma who I got 2 months ago and she is great with most dogs, but still reactive with a few. Depends on a lot of factors, such as where the dogs are, etc.
So that Puma learns not to worry and be reactive around any other dogs, I give her high value treats as soon as she spots a dog. I make a game out of it, asking her to find the dog, by me saying "where's the doggie?" in a fun voice. She has learned now to spot the dog and look back at me and get her treats.
You could also try something else that I do: I ask other dog owners if I can share my treats with their dog and Puma. I ask them to put their dog in a sit or lay down or simply relax, and I do the same with Puma. Then we share treats. Sometimes we vary the distance between the two dogs depending on how they are doing together. If I have to toss the treat to the other dog that is ok with me. As long as neither dog is stressed or reacting negatively then we continue.
Also doing fun tricks together with another dog is a great bonding experience for both dogs... if they are doing ok together. I personally reward each dog with both food and praise. Choose tricks that both dogs can perform easily to set them up for success.
I kinda equate it with being on a blind date and the two people staring at each other awkwardly at a restaurant trying to think of what to say. Stressful. But if the dogs have something in common to do in each other's presence it is not so stressful for the dogs, as they can focus on the tricks and rewards and not hyper focus on each other.
Maybe you and your office mate doggies could work together and help your dog to not be worried?