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Old 02-10-2015, 01:01 AM   #1
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New to the forum, with a rescued pup

We're new here...just bought a nice rockwood hybrid. We rescued a pretty black lab a year ago and training her has been a dream, she is so cooperative. Till.....we went to a dog park in late summer and a dog decided he would not leave her alone and tried over and over to mount her. That didn't end well, as she really snapped at the other dog. Since then, she is very tense around other dogs in public places. She has gone camping with us a few times, walking without incident, no barking, very compliant and obediant. I'm afraid to take her this year...I just don't know what she will do around other dogs. I am looking for a trainer now to see if we can change this behavior before it becomes permanent. I'm not sure if she was protecting herself or me at the park, because I really let the owner (who thought it was comical) have it. We haven't been back to a dog park since. Any advise?

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Old 02-10-2015, 05:36 AM   #2
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Sorry to hear your rescue pup went through that experience. Getting a trainer is a great idea!
I used to take my dog to a dog park as well but find too often others (people) are there to socialize and do not pay attention to their dogs.

You might want to see if there are any books that might be helpful too. Seems like there's an abundance of information available but it's finding what fits your pup's specific needs.

Wish I had more information for you and do wish you the best moving forward. She looks like a sweetheart and you are wonderful for rescuing her!

interesting article about dog parks:
Should I Take My Dog To The Dog Park?
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Old 02-10-2015, 07:25 AM   #3
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Welcome and that is a beautiful pup!! I would continue to take her camping! The enjoyment she and your family gets with her along is beyond belief! Training is always a good thing as it keeps her out of trouble!! LOL! When ever we are around other dogs with our fuzzheads we try to pay close attention to the owners as well as their dogs....if they aren't attentive and are letting the dog do what it wants then we try to get away from them if possible. Not all dogs are going to "Love" each other but I think with attentive, responsible owners incidents like you had are avoided or at least very minor! One thing for sure, the situation you went through definitely was NOT comical! Good luck!
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Old 02-10-2015, 07:35 AM   #4
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We had a yellow lab rescue "us" last year after my 12 year companion "toby" got sick.
We "trained" max with a shock collar and life is great while camping.
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Old 02-10-2015, 01:02 PM   #5
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I never trust other owners of dogs. To many of them feel that there dog should be free to do as is. My neighbor has a aketa and I have seen that dog kill two cats and injure one dog and they wright it off as the dog is just playing. I have two dogs and keep them on short leash when around others. what damage is a shitzu or chaweenie going to do anyway.
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You may want to try a book titled "No Bad Dogs". I believe the authors name is Woodward.
It helped me a great deal with some of my dogs.
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Old 02-10-2015, 01:48 PM   #7
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I never trust other owners of dogs. To many of them feel that there dog should be free to do as is. My neighbor has a aketa and I have seen that dog kill two cats and injure one dog and they wright it off as the dog is just playing. I have two dogs and keep them on short leash when around others. what damage is a shitzu or chaweenie going to do anyway.
Watch that neighbors Aketa. My mom's neighbor had one. It jumped my mom's fence. Killer her rat terrier and tore up her Min Pin. It then turned on my 70 year old Mom. I had warned the neighbor this dog was going to hurt some one. They ignored the warning. The police had to shoot it because it went crazy. And would not et us get to my mom or the injured min pin. Just FYI Those dogs are dangerous!
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Old 02-10-2015, 01:52 PM   #8
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As for your Lab! Keep trying to socialize it to other dogs and talk to it in a calm voice to reassure everything is Okay! Keep you lab taking camping. It was probably protecting you. That is how my border collie was. I also take her to a Doggie day care to help her learn doggie social skills and to play with other dogs. That has helped her tremendously! She is now not as aggressive. She also loves going to the doggie day care, she drags me in. I only do it now about once a month or every other month. It does help. Good luck!
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Old 02-10-2015, 02:54 PM   #9
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Love your Lab, donít give up on taking her camping or out in public your dog was not in the wrong the owner of the other dog was. It is rude behaviour for a dog to continuously mount another dog when it is not being encouraged. Your dog likely tried to let the initial attempts go and avoid conflict, unfortunately the other dog didnít get it and your Lab simply told it get lost youíre an obnoxious idiot. Iíve experienced this situation with another dog owner they also thought it was funny until my dog had enough and told off the other dog.
I agree with DreiHunde dogs donít have to all love each other, heck humans havenít mastered that but they can exist around each other without fist fights. Find yourself a good clicker instructor itís a little more work than some training methods but it is a kind, gentle form of training very appropriate for a rescue dog as often you never know what they endured before you found each other. Perhaps they can also set you up with a group of responsible people who have a socialization class or group. If she is proving to be a little more difficult now to walk on leash try a Gentle Leader Halter.
As for dog parks I avoid them they are as safe as the people on the end of the leash meaning they might be great people with a great dog or they might be total clueless jerks with an untrained, unsocial zed out of control animal.
From the pictures you look like very responsible caring owners your dog is tethered in your campsite behaving with water, toys and a bed. Just try to stay relaxed when out in public with her and continue enjoying her company.
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Keep taking your dog camping but avoid all dog parks. Not only are some owners jerks and some dogs have no manners (like their owners) but you never know what vaccinations the other dogs have or what diseases or parasites they have. Keep camping with your dog. She is part of your family and wants to be with you all the time.
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