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    Default Introducing a Puppy to Other Dogs

    I thought I needn't deal with this until James starts puppy preschool, but, as it is, we've crossed paths with several neighbours and their (vaccinated) dogs and I've no idea what the right way is to introduce them - I come away feeling like I've buggered it up each time. The dogs he's met have been absolutely lovely, thank goodness, and put up with his craziness and my ineptitude, but obviously that won't always be the case.

    So, how does one best go about introducing a pup to other dogs?

    I remember reading something once about not making them sit as it shows subservience? I had him sitting (well, tried to have him sitting ) for the dog he met yesterday as it was the only way to calm him down a little and prevent him from hurling himself into her face. Should I have done differently?

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    I think a lot has to do with the other dog and how they feel about puppies and how outgoing the puppy is.

    I like introducing puppies to adult dogs thru mesh fencing. By holding puppy in my arms and crouching down with its bum pointed in the direction of the older dogs so the older dogs can sniff. That way they don't chase the puppy and scare it while trying to sniff it.

    For the over excited puppy just keep it on a leash, act cool and calm, don't let leads get tangled and make sure the older dog can back away so it doesn't feel cornered and need to "over" correct the puppy.

    Read the other dogs body language and know when it has had enough of the excited type of puppy.

    Pick a distance where the puppy can see other dogs but hasn't reached fever pitch excitement. Praise puppy for its good behaviour. Each time puppy gets over excited turn and walk away, go back to other dog when calm and repeat if necessary. Puppy will soon realise that calm behaviour will get it what it wants, over excitement and it loses what it wants most. Don't talk and don't react. You don't want to send the message that other dogs are to be avoided.

    Basically make it as pleasurable as possible for both dogs.
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    At our club, we are taught this in the pup class. It has worked really well for Bernie.
    You approach the other dog, in a playful voice, encouraging your dog, sending signal: this is a nice thing, if you come here, you can satisfy your curiosity, and be rewarded. You sort of demonstrate friendliness to your dog. It should take your lead.
    Im not sure however, if you are further along than that?
    But there are plenty of people who will suggest a few options worth considering.
    good luck
    Bernie

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    That's great, thankyou both

    His puppy preschool doesn't start for another couple of weeks so was a bit at a loss for what to do. You've been very helpful.

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    Well, it wont be long before the puppy pre-school part is over. And your pup is the largest in the school class.
    So now, at 6 months, we have 'passed onto the other side'.
    He is friendly to all other dogs. Using the technique ive described.

    I will add. I last owned a rottweiller. I got him at 6 months, not socialised. I never was able to make that dog like other dogs. He hated every single one of them. He'd be dangerous if allowed to play/attack/kill others. Come down to, Know your dog, know its strength and temperment. Be respectful of this.

    Id also add. At the training club. There are two types of training going on. The 'show' training. And obedience training. The show dogs are really aggressive toward other dogs ive noticed. Yet they all had the same training in pup pre-school. And these unfriendly show training types, are worth a lot of money. See, you could be sat on a gold mine!
    Go figure?

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