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small dog fears big dogs

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Giselle- Ghibli- Gigglygirl

Glamorous- Ectomorph
 
 
Barked: Wed Mar 7, '07 8:53pm PST 
my small dog (13 pounds) either dislikes or fears any larger dogs. I am not sure what to do except to continue to introduce the small dog to others in the hopes that eventually the small dog will get to like the large dogs?
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Vance CGC

You kids g'off- my lawn!
 
 
Barked: Wed Mar 7, '07 8:56pm PST 
Socialization will help, but it should be done under the supervision of a professional.

You have to take things slow and desensitize her, making it more positive than frightening to be around a big dog. Simply walking her right up to one is only going to reinforce that seeing a big dog is scary. Besides, not all large dogs like small dogs, either. If something happens, it's likely she'll never recover from it.
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