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My puppy is 13 weeks old and yesterday we went for our first walk in the park. I have been carrying her on similar walks since she was 8weeks old and she has watched other dogs from my arms but yesterday was the first time she could meet them while standing on her own four paws.

As soon as any other dog comes close she responds by making a high pitched noise somewhere between a whine and a bark "A-wh-wh-wh-wh" which she repeats for the whole interaction. She also tries to hide between my legs or runs around my legs until she is almost tripping me / strangling herself on her lead.

If the other dog turns and walks away she will excitedly bound after it wagging her tail in a very playful manner but if the other dog responds to this and bounds back or starts walking towards her again she will revert to cowering. She behaved similarly today, slightly more confident but also slightly more prone to showing the other dogs aggression which I think is on the whole a bad development.

What is the best way I can respond so that she can quickly learn how to behave with other dogs?


Many thanks


Amy

(N.B My local puppy socialisation class won't take dogs until they are fully vacinated so we go there on Sunday)
 

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My puppy is 13 weeks old and yesterday we went for our first walk in the park. I have been carrying her on similar walks since she was 8weeks old and she has watched other dogs from my arms but yesterday was the first time she could meet them while standing on her own four paws.

As soon as any other dog comes close she responds by making a high pitched noise somewhere between a whine and a bark "A-wh-wh-wh-wh" which she repeats for the whole interaction. She also tries to hide between my legs or runs around my legs until she is almost tripping me / strangling herself on her lead.

If the other dog turns and walks away she will excitedly bound after it wagging her tail in a very playful manner but if the other dog responds to this and bounds back or starts walking towards her again she will revert to cowering. She behaved similarly today, slightly more confident but also slightly more prone to showing the other dogs aggression which I think is on the whole a bad development.

What is the best way I can respond so that she can quickly learn how to behave with other dogs?


Many thanks


Amy

(N.B My local puppy socialisation class won't take dogs until they are fully vacinated so we go there on Sunday)
Here is what I would do. When the other dog walks away, and your puppy takes off after it tail wagging, give your baby a treat and some praise. If use a clicker, when the other dog walks away and your puppy goes after it, click and give a treat. Repeat this over and over until she no longer cowers when another dog walks over to her.

When she is afraid, or cowering, walk away from the other dog. Give her a way out so the experience won't be negative to her.
 
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