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    Smile Bella's First Camping Expedition

    So Mum had a horsesports comp this weekend, so I decided Bella could come with. We got there and I took her for a walk to let her get used to all the new sights and smells. There were quite a few other little dogs there, too. She didnt bark much when we first got there, only when another person rocked up. She was quiet all day, wasn't drooling, seemed very relaxed. She was drinking and sleeping, and sitting and dropping when I asked (). She refused to eat any of her new chews that I got her; I think that might of been because she hasnt had them before, she ate her food at dinner time well enough. When it started to turn dark she started barking and acting very suspicious of everyone, even barking up a storm at Mum when she came around the corner. I had her in my tent at night, so I could keep her warm in case it got freezing and so I couldstop her barking if she started up in the middle of the night, as there were other people camping too.

    Today she wasnt so whatever about things, she barked at people as they went by, but she didnt bark at the horses cantering and trotting past. A (very annoying) guy who was camping next to us came over for a chat with Dad. Bella started barking and growling, she had been on my lap. I instantly said a firm 'NO', dumped her on the ground, stood up and led her away on a tight lead. Did I discipline correctly? I took her back once I had made her sit, stay and keep her attention on me for a minute, and sat back down. She didnt bark again at the guy. Also, a JRT was off lead and came up to Bella, obviously wanting to make a new friend, and Bella went ape at him. she was barking and growling, trying to lunge. The other dog went away, and I did the same thing that I did with Bella barking at the guy, only I took her all the way back to the float and tied her up, after making her sit etc etc. Was this correct? She also met a couple of (gorgeous) shih-tzu, she wasnt very hostile with them. This might be silly, but I had heard that animals prefer members of their own breed... Do you think this might have been the case?

    I'm planning taking her whenever we go to a show from now on, She enjoyed her little outing very much!

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    I think you did the right thing, Box. Is Bella usually dog aggressive?

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    Not usually 'aggressive', but hostile. We had a big boxer come around the other day, she was drooling and growling, barking aswell. I think the only thing that was stopping her from having a go is the fact that this girl towered over her. At DT she will move away from another dog, never growl, just drool nervously. I have never seen her act dog aggressive before.
    ETA: By aggressive I mean lunging.
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    How old is Bella? Im under the impression that shes around three...

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    Yeah, she is about 2 and a half.

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    Sounds like she has small dog syndrome! This is when little dogs think they are so strong and in charge that they will have a go at anything!

    Teddy does this too.

    You did the right thing and just keep in mind that it will get better in time.

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    She wasnt socialised much... She is great with other animals, but she has never liked other dogs much. She is warming to a few at DT though. And today I noticed she willingly went up to a stranger, tail wagging for pats aswell, which is a really big improvement for her

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerini View Post
    She wasnt socialised much... She is great with other animals, but she has never liked other dogs much. She is warming to a few at DT though. And today I noticed she willingly went up to a stranger, tail wagging for pats aswell, which is a really big improvement for her
    That's awesome news!

    Maybe she was just being a devil in disguise?

    What a good girl she is.

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    Nah, Belle, I think SMD is when the dog thinks it's boss over humans lol. I suppose it may apply to dogs as well.
    Small and big dogs are swapped... I met soo many scardy big dogs and soo many tough little dogs, its not funny
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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    Nah, Belle, I think SMD is when the dog thinks it's boss over humans lol. I suppose it may apply to dogs as well.
    Small and big dogs are swapped... I met soo many scardy big dogs and soo many tough little dogs, its not funny :laugh\:
    Lol yep that's it!


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