Scared of other dogs

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Hi.  I am new here and have an 8 month old red dobie.  Her name is Cheyenne.  We got her when she was 3 months old.  We had a 4 year old min pin and a 10 year old rat terrier when we brought Cheyenne home.  Chey did great with my other two babies.  Then we got another min pin (a friend was looking to rehome & I  couldn't just let him go).  Chey was terrified but with a lot  of love and reassurance she came  around.  Now they are best buddies.  Now for the problem...When we take  Cheyenne places to develop her socialization skills she does great with people but is terrified of dogs.  She  cowers does, tries to get away and even tried to  climb up in my 19 year old sons arms.  What can we do to help her be more  comfortable around other dogs?

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Draco was very, very timid with other dogs as well. He is gradually getting over it. From what I have read here in the forums, and it has worked with him, the main thing is to not "baby" her when she is afraid. As in, don't say things like "it's okay, Chey, they're not going to hurt you, etc." I would probably take her places where she doesn't have to deal with a lot of other dogs at once and build up.

I'm sure you'll get some really good recommendations from folks who have a lot more experience than I, and can explain it better. Patience is the key.

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I suggest finding a friend with a calm, well mannered dog and socializing with them first. Work your way up in energy levels, one or two dogs at a time, before taking her to any puppy classes where she'll be bombarded with other dogs. Make sure she's comfortable with the calmer dogs before working your way up. It's a slow process, but it really works wonders.

I also agree with Sabrina. Don't baby her. When she's scared, just be calm and don't feed her energy. By "praising" her, aka telling her it's okay in a soft voice or trying to calm her with touch, you're only going to signal to her that there IS something wrong because you're praising her for being frightened. 

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Hell0 ! I am a new first time owner of a female Doberman. she is afraid of other dogs too! We have two boy Boston’s and she is great with them with supervision. She is not afraid of our neighbors dog which is a husky they have play dates and do great but if we take her to the dog park she runs and cry’s and then fear bites at all the dogs. We stopped taking her there. We take her to petco every other weekend for nail trim and she barks and is scared of other dogs even puppies but loves people. I think she might think she’s small? I would love some ideas ! We are getting ready to send her to some training for 30 days and there will be other dogs there and I am hoping she will come home feeling better and not afraid . 

 

 

 

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Hell0 ! I am a new first time owner of a female Doberman. she is afraid of other dogs too! We have two boy Boston’s and she is great with them with supervision. She is not afraid of our neighbors dog which is a husky they have play dates and do great but if we take her to the dog park she runs and cry’s and then fear bites at all the dogs. We stopped taking her there. We take her to petco every other weekend for nail trim and she barks and is scared of other dogs even puppies but loves people. I think she might think she’s small? I would love some ideas ! We are getting ready to send her to some training for 30 days and there will be other dogs there and I am hoping she will come home feeling better and not afraid . 

Dobermans are not supposed to be overly 'friendly' with other dogs, Especially dogs that are unknown to them. They are also not supposed to be fearful of stuff like that. Those behaviors are documented in the breed standard.

I have never personally had a young Doberman that did not use their teeth when they were 'playing' with each other or other dogs. That is normal. This is how young dogs learn stuff like bite inhibition. If you are trying to train away from that - I wish you luck.

There is no way I would be willing to send any Doberman of mine 'off' someplace for training if I was not going to be there with it / them the entire time and participating in every aspect of that training. The dog(s) 'needs' to be bonding with you and not a stranger that they will never see again after that 'training' class. When you go to pick that dog up it may work well for them and put on a good show for you but if YOU are not on the same exact page as those 'trainers' every step of the way you will be confusing your dog when you bring it home and left wondering why the dog does not listen the same way any more.

Good luck with that.

You did good by ruling out the dog park as a good place to go with your dog. Those places are accidents waiting to happen.

 

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I will be participating in the training would like to clarify that. And it’s not a stranger. Thanks for your thoughts! 

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I will be participating in the training would like to clarify that. And it’s not a stranger. Thanks for your thoughts! 

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THAT is absolutely awesome! Wish you and your Doberman the absolute best of luck with it.

I believe you may end up being surprised at how much you stand to gain with the training. Dobermans are a very smart breed to begin with and it only gets better when the owners 'try' with the training!