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I have a 10 month old mastiff/ hound mix. He's about 85 pds and generally quite well behaved. HOWEVER, one big weakness we have yet to master and which raises my stress level: he LOVES other dogs way too much. He wants desperately to sniff and play with almost every dog that crosses his path.

He does fixate on dogs when outside, but I am able to at least control him on a walk by always bringing treats with me, and asking for a 'Look' when a dog passes by and then giving him a treat. So walks are not a problem as long as I have treats with me. It's other situations that are annoying, for example:

1. I have started going to agility classes with him. Before class starts, I wait with him in the lobby area, along with other owners and their dogs. There are many other dogs close by, but he is not allowed to interact with them (agility school rules say there must be at least a few ft distance). I have him in a Sit/ Down Stay position...and he LOUDLY whines the entire time because he sees the other dogs and can't get to them! It sounds like I am hurting him. And unlike on the walk, he readily ignores the treats I use to distract him with...I know it is more difficult for him in this situation to ignore dogs as they are in closer proximity and he has to maintain a stay. Anyways, I step on his leash, so that he has a harder time when he tries to break his stay and pull. But when other owners aren't so diligent and walk their dog close by, it's hard to control him (he can pull like a freight train) and when he breaks his stay, he is instantly rewarded by getting to meet the other dog. Other owners think nothing of it as they don't mind their dog socializing, but they don't know I am trying to train my bugger. Grrrrr....

2. He turns deaf to commands when he is in the presence of other dogs. I've started using a long lead to practice his recall while he is playing with other dogs, but the lead gets tangled up everywhere which of course annoys other dogs and their owners, so we don't practice as much as I would like.

3. It is almost impossible for me to walk my dog alongside any of my friends who have dogs. During the walk, he is constantly pulling toward my friend's dog. He just won't listen. I stop the walk and let my friend walk ahead until he stops pulling...but he'll just do it again 5 secs later once we are close to my friend and her dog again. In a couple different scenarios, when we all stopped for a water break, my dog started screaming and pulling so hard on the leash because I would not let him near the other dog at that moment. Embarrassing. As mentioned, when I walk him alone, passing by strangers dogs, there is no problem.

4. A friend brought her dog over for tonight's Superbowl party. My dog was relentlessly chasing her dog around the house and would not stop being annoying. I could tell her dog got annoyed at times, so, instead of watching the game in peace, I had to grab my dog countless times all throughout the evening to give her dog a break. Sigh. Her dog was content just to be with her people or play by herself, and it made me jealous because my dog is such a dog obsessed fiend. My dog is never aggressive, just annoyingly playful who never seems to run out of energy when another dog is involved. May I add that we took him to doggie daycare in the morning for 4 hours hoping that would tire him out a bit that day...nope.

I know he is still a pup...but I would hope that one day he will grow out of this dog obsession...?? Is this normal? It almost seems like he prefers other dogs to his own people and it gets me so frustrated (yeah, sorry for the long post). When other dogs are not around, he is the perfect pup.
 

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My Aussie was very much the same way. We socialized him a ton as a puppy, so he learned pretty early that dogs and strangers got him delicious treats. As a result, he's pretty happy-go-lucky, and really loves other dogs. When he was about eight months old, he stopped listening to cues for a little while. We practiced a ton at home, and tried going to the park when we knew there would be the least amount of people. Eventually, he started recognizing that distractions or not, he needed to listen. Now, he still likes dogs, but WAY less interested (he's a year and a half). He can do a down-stay as other dogs run around, and can practice obedience cues while other dogs are playing. Hang in there, it will get better, he's still such a baby. :)
 

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My 7 month old Dogo Argentino is exactly the same, except I do get him to listen if the other dog isn't reacting too hyper to him, even off leash. If the other dog is playfull - all bets are off. Unreliable recall (he will ignore me once in five encounters if he's off leash) and if there are multiple dogs playing around him he will pull on the leash. I have no idea how to get him out of it as we want him to be social and we take him to the dog park with his buddies at least 3 times a day. I suppose that's how he picked up the habit. I'm hoping he will outgrow it.
 

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Thank you, Shandula and Ravonia. I really hope (actually pray) that this is just a phase, and through continued training, he will be eventually desensitized to other dogs. But right now, he's 85 pds and strong, is bursting with seemingly limitless adolescent energy, and friggin' obsessed with meeting, chasing, and playing with every dog. It's just so much to handle sometimes, when he starts pulling and whining when I don't let him. Sigh. And a lot of the time, he will desperately want to meet a dog, yet that other dog is not crazy about meeting him! I am jealous of the owners with the dogs who are not dog-obsessed. However, on the flip side, I should be grateful that he is not dog-aggressive (we socialized him to pieces when he was young) and he is a good boy at home.

Anyways, thanks for your thoughts....I really do hope he will grow out of it. I can't imagine him being 5 yrs old and being this crazy....
 

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Yes, it does get better!

I have a 22-month-old Malinois, when she was younger, I swear she thought every dog she saw outside of our house was a long lost sibling :rolleyes:

She is a really happy dog in general. We didn't want to break her spirit, so we socialized her as much as possible, and kept working on her engagement and OB (we train her in Mondioring) in different distraction levels.

She matured over time and became much better in the last 2-3 months. She still loves other dogs, but now she understands when it is time to work, it is time to focus on me, even if other dogs are present.

Outside of actively training though.......we have two dog-neutral GSDs as well, and we keep them separated (with gates) for the most part because she is just too obsessed with playing with them (our male GSD doesn't want to play with her at all, and she is too rough for our senior female GSD).
 

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Hmmm I have the same problem. My puppy was well socialised at puppy school then I realised how hard it was for him to not run up to every dog for playing. He would do exactly the same pulling etc towards other dogs on our walks. My trainer suggest that I start desensitising him to other dogs rather than playing. So every time we see a dog, I play his favourite game of chase/ fetch and I always take the ball with me. He is beginning to look at other dogs and focus all his attention on me immediately. He can now focus on me even when another dog passes one metre next to him barking like crazy at him - he has learnt to ignore them while focusing on the ball. He is now able to do down/stay on long leash for up to 20 minutes without breaking around other dogs at the park at 6 months but this took me almost 3 months to achieve.

He also attends obedience training where we work on focus so yes he still has a lot of trouble focusing around 5 other dogs who seems to easily ignore him. We are the youngest and the trainer tells me to not expect so much from a young dog. They will get use to it after a while. But at training, we don't let the dogs play as there should be some distance between each dog.
 

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I am so glad to hear I'm not the only one with this problem!! My 8 month old pulls and whines when I don't let him play with other dogs. Sometimes we'll just sit on a bench at a dog park and watch the other dogs - I'm not sure if this helps to desensitize him but I am a bit lost as to how to tackle the issue. Fingers crossed our pups grow out of it :p
 

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I, too, have this problem. Pup was well socialized and adores dogs. When we see a dog on a walk that doesn't greet her, she cries for a few minutes and takes another 5 to get refocused on me. When other dogs are around she's not interested in playing with me or treats (I can literally put it to her lips after she's done a trick and it will roll off her lips). All bets for recall are off at the dog park (mind you, we are still working on recall in the park with no dogs..damn adolescent relapse).

Would love to hear more suggestions on how to deal with this! Now that it's not -10C all the time, I'm hoping to spend more time at the dog park "desensitizing her".
 

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My dane loves EVERYONE. Dog or person, though she isn't bad when we see people, she'll look back at me. But dogs, some are worse than others. Lucky for me she doesn't really pull towards them hard. But she whines and will sometimes jump straight up in the air. Yesterday she had to jump seven feet straight up from a stand still. I think the best thing is not to let them greet other dogs on lead. It just makes them think they can greet every dog they see. I'm working on it. My other problem is that it seems most dogs will snap at Freyja, and she has fairly good manners. She will play bow but I think her size intimidates most dogs.
 
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