|Barked: Sat Dec 29, '12 8:51pm PST |
|Her tucked tail indicates fear, and when she feels really afraid she snaps, trying to protect herself. You need to stop forcing her to meet dogs when she's not comfortable and work on helping her feel more comfortable around other canines. One way you can do this is by taking her somewhere she can observe other dogs but doesn't need to meet them, such as the outside of a dog park. Bring some treats and when she sees another dog, reward her. Just work on getting her really comfortable with observing other dogs. Watch for signs of stress (lip-licking, tucked tail, yawning or taking the treat hard instead of gently) and move her farther away until she relaxes again.
A class for fearful dogs (not a regular puppy class) would really help her.
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