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    Scenario: me with my 2 dogs, son with Sherlock pup, all off leash in parklands. We were passing behind a housing estate that backed onto parklands. All dogs fine, till we came to a fence, where a roughly 4 month old BC pup, was fence barking at us, a 2nd adult large dog on property joined in, with more gusto. Unable to get to my dogs, he in frustration attacked the BC pup. With ensuing pup screams. Worryingly, as i watched, the older dog went for too long on pup, too hard. It was a definate attack. Both myself and son concerned for pup.
    Clearly Sherlocks trigger to leg it.

    One minute he was there, next, gone! My son was beside himself, first time dog owner, first time a dog has been lost for him. Lots of 'my poor boy!, where is he, he's dead, someones run over him" etc etc
    As the terrain was hilly, we couldnt see Pup.
    Try as i might, i was asking my dogs to find pup, but "what?" was the response. Hey ho. No search n rescues here.
    After a brief search, we couldnt find him. We came home, roughly 2km. And there is Sherlock pup, who'd found his way back. All good.

    Now dog is scared of other dogs. Including mine when they are rough housing!
    He was barking at them to stop, clearly uspet, so they both tumbled him.
    and he's just led down watching them. He's now walking around them as they play, cautiously.

    Ive taken some treats out, and trying to desensitize him. But coz Ive got treats, they stop playing.
    So then used JRT next door when it was thrown out for its day of barking non stop.
    Pup is trembling slightly, but still eating.

    Should i leave it in garden and have the flooding of JRT who will bark all day through the fence till its owners come home at 6pm?

    He's fine out there right now it seems. He's playing with Pohm, but is avoiding the big man Bernie. Stupid really, as Pohm is far more rough with him and vocal growling play noise, than bernie is.

    I have today, plenty of barking dogs behind fences, and id like to have this done n dusted by end of day.
    My son says he doesnt want to go for a walk, and tries to go home till they are in the park, but still keeps looking back toward home. So not allowed off leash for now.

    Any tips to speed this up?

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    Poor Sherlock, but what a clever boy finding his way home!
    Pups are so impressionable. So much to learn in their doggy world.
    I don't have any suggestions but lot's of on-lead walks might be kinder than a day of JRT barking! Hopefully others will have useful suggestions.
    Good luck with the de-sensitizing, my guess is that it's going to take weeks rather than days.

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    well, whilst i hear ya, on the JRT, i cant actually shut the thing up.
    Sherlock here for 3 hrs, end of which, not reacting to noise of JRT. then i walked him home. Keep in mind he's shattered from his day with us and a swim too.
    Much better, he's 'noticing' and 'looking' but carries on walking, not stopping or trembling, but moves to my other side, then when past barker, completely relaxes.
    that is with 2 'gaurds' over him, though. Pohm n Bernie
    But they just ingore everything through fences, so good modelling.
    fingers crossed this can be undone.

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    You can only keep to your usual routine, of course though pup on lead for now when out. I'd just give a slightly wider berth to fences so any barking etc is not too close for him, no use compounding the problem, but yes I'd get him out.

    But you know the drill treat and praise wherever possible & show no signs of waiting for him to react. Keep him in the company of your other dogs as they are good role models for a lack of interest or reaction to barking.

    Had a similar problem when a black Dane chased my young Borzoi, both were on leads but owner of Dane was just dragged behind, the result was he never liked black dogs again. I wish I could have had him around other large black dogs that day but they were all from the same nasty bunch.

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    Poor Sherlock pup.

    I reckon a big photo shoot with you (i assume you might be grandma to pup????? no offence intended ) and then plaster his image all over this forum so we can all see his cute mush !!! Pretty please.......no help at all i know but i wanna see more of the cute widdle guy who ran 2k's home with his tail between his widdle legs.


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    DONT SIC YOUR DOGMA ON ME !

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    great pics! I love the one where Sherlock has his chin on the bucket

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    I have noticed a irregular gait in Sherlock. He seems to have a rogue back right leg, that swings out to the side when he runs.
    Both my dogs gaits are very neat, with no legs splaying out. Both my dogs come from hip/elbow great scoring parents.
    Is this weird gait, a sign of potential hip problems later in life?

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    Yeah! we now have adult teeth in Sherlock pup instead of razors. My hands can heal a little.

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