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    I am so frustrated with Dora right now. I've just gotten back from puppy class and an outing with my friend and her dog. At puppy classes she lunged and tried to bit the other dogs, she even bit me while I was blocking her. At the outing she pulled away from me suddenly and I dropped her leash by accident and she ran to my friends dog and started attacking him. guys, I don't know what to do. How do I get Dora to treat other dogs nicely?

    And yes, if it isn't obvious already, I'm in tears and feeling melodramatic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    I am so frustrated with Dora right now. I've just gotten back from puppy class and an outing with my friend and her dog. At puppy classes she lunged and tried to bit the other dogs, she even bit me while I was blocking her. At the outing she pulled away from me suddenly and I dropped her leash by accident and she ran to my friends dog and started attacking him. guys, I don't know what to do. How do I get Dora to treat other dogs nicely?

    And yes, if it isn't obvious already, I'm in tears and feeling suicidal.
    This is going to sound harsh but I am telling you this as an friend. First of all Mash, quit the comments about suicide. You know you do not want to die so do not say that.

    Second of all big for you as I know you're hurting.

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    allright all you can do is continue socialisation. correct the dog with a repremand for unsocial behaviour and praise the good.

    it takes time, there is no instant noodle fix to socialisation.

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    Ok i've calmed from my breakdown. Feeling slightly more sane. Beau I know it's nor instant but over the last few weeks every dog she's met she has lunged at, tried to bite and growled at. I know it takes time, I really do. But I can't help feeling terrible.

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    u gotta remember dora is a puppy.. Puppies do this.. She will grow out of it or trained it out of her.

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    Oh you are not - youre feeling meodramatic because it seems like your dog is never going to learn anything. We have all been there. My best advice is that if you and your dog are not enjoying something - dont do it. Sometimes small enclosed socialisation is not appropriate - Cappy hated it and hid under my chair.

    Start socialising one dog at a time - relax and remember that your anxiety travels through the lead to your dog.

    Time and patience - and no more melodrama!!

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    I'm trying, I really am. Its just I cant help comparing her to all the other, younger, puppies at the puppy class - all of which were playing aorund with each other, not a snarl in sight.
    I am just at a loss. What if she doesnt grow out of it?
    I know, I know, puppies require patience. But at the moment I just feel lik e breaking down.
    Ive got so much stress about her - if she barks too much the neighbours have to power to take her away from us, or if she even GROWLS at one of my neighbours toddlers, she gone. Not that I'm gonna let her near taht toddler.
    I love Dora, I really do - just not when shes around other dogs.
    And Im just waiting for someone to say "Masha, grow up, and get back in your senses. Dora is a puppy, and its YOUR job to make sure she gets over it. So quit whining and get to work!". Any volunteers?

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    Occy is very correct... I used to go home from obedience in tears because of my girl...

    Take the time... pick one dog and work with her with that dog, then move to another... Make sure you pick quiet non aggressive dogs... start making it fun to see other dogs... I know how hard it is... You MUST remain calm... if you don't, she won't...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    Oh you are not - youre feeling meodramatic because it seems like your dog is never going to learn anything. We have all been there. My best advice is that if you and your dog are not enjoying something - dont do it. Sometimes small enclosed socialisation is not appropriate - Cappy hated it and hid under my chair.

    Start socialising one dog at a time - relax and remember that your anxiety travels through the lead to your dog.

    Time and patience - and no more melodrama!!
    It seems like youve known me my whole life

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    Quote Originally Posted by Netty View Post
    Occy is very correct... I used to go home from obedience in tears because of my girl...Take the time... pick one dog and work with her with that dog, then move to another... Make sure you pick quiet non aggressive dogs... start making it fun to see other dogs... I know how hard it is... You MUST remain calm... if you don't, she won't...
    she got better, right?

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