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Norman SolomonREAD MORE
Oct 17, 09:23 AM
Some dogs just don't naturally play well with others. So here are some tips to help you help your dog.
- Start with a diplomat, a friendly, non-threatening, confident dog.
- Take both dogs to a neutral area, one that neither feels they have to defend, preferably a fenced area that is big enough to RUN in.
- Try to position yourself and the other owner so that your dogs don't feel they have to defend you. (ex. Don't stand with the other dog between you and your dog)
- Don't pet the other dog. Don't have any toys or food around. You don't want to encourage jealousy.
- Don't speak sharply to either dog. As soon as your dog thinks you are displeased with the other dog he will feel it is his job to get involved. He might not interpret correctly which dog is being corrected so keep the tension out of your body and voice.
- It is very important not to make too big a deal about this. If you are worried your dog will be too. Your dog reacts to your voice, body language,etc. Don't over-react. Fake it if necessary.
- Turn both dogs loose. They are less afraid when they feel free to run if necessary. The leash feels confining, not comforting to the dog.
- Ignore both dogs. Don't interfere unless it is CLEAR the dogs won't work it out.