|Barked: Thu Sep 13, '12 4:29pm PST |
|As owner of an intact dog, who has been bullied and attacked numerous times, I don't like that you're using "My dog doesn't like un-neutered dogs" as an excuse.
When Nare gets attacked, the owner asks if he is neutered, if I say no "Oh he doesn't like intact dogs.".. If say yes (It's easier to not get a lecture) then its "He doesn't like puppies" "He isn't feeling well today" "He isn't good on leash" "He was attacked by a GSD as a puppy" Blah blah blah.. Then they walk on by and their dog leaps on another dog. Really, what happened is their dog was probably attacked as a puppy and they heard the same excuses and now it is just the norm.
Your dog is reactive to other dogs. Period. Just because it has only happened with intact dogs doesn't mean that he doesn't have the potential to go after a neutered dog. If you'd wish to work on his quirk, a Behaviorist is the next step. Management is ok too, or if you'd like to go your own route, I'd greatly recommend a muzzle.. They are not bad, and if introduced properly, are a great training aid..
Also, what to do before he gets into that mindset: Don't let it happen.
At 2 years old Denzel doesn't really need to play with strange unknown dogs.. We stopped going to dog parks with Nare at about 2 years, he still gets weekly playdates with friends and goes to the park.
Edited by author Thu Sep 13, '12 4:31pm PST
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