|Barked: Sun Sep 18, '11 5:31pm PST |
|So my dear Takuma is a 3 1/2 year old male who gets along horribly well females, and less well with males. So nothing truly surprising so far. The issue however comes from how he acts when he's around other male dogs, and I'd like to find a way that can allow him to get along with them.
For starters, there's the scenario that really doesn't work. Him and another male inside a house. Takuma likes to make it clear that he owns everything, even the things he really don't care for, so any forgotten treat in the corner, bowl of water or the chair he had never even noticed before might trigger an argument. This is however avoidable since I don't really need to have him running around inside with other males. Running off leash outside with other male dogs works quite well though.
And it should also be mentioned he gets along just fine with neutered males in any sort of setting (so far, knock on wood).
The problem occurs when he's leashed and we encounter other males on our walks. The moment he spots them he'll usually go "OOOH! DOG!" and see if he can persuade me to let him greet it. How this would proceed if it's another male would be this:
Takuma jogs up to the other dog (not rushing) and stops face-to-face, either freezing or if it lets him, he'll proceed to sniff around a bit.
At some point he'll freeze completely though, and the second the other male tries to get the scent of him he'll lash out for it.
After this happened a few times as he got older I decided "Hey, know what? We'll just saying hi to those dogs then". I do however stop to talk to the owners at times and we keep the dogs with a few yards between them, so far so good. This is where it gets odd after a while though. As Takuma will switch back and forth between grumbling and snarling at the other male, and suddenly let out playful barks, wave his front legs at it, invite it to play and do what I can only assume is a post-modern interpretation of a pack of geese hitting a jet-engine.
So it boils down to this; has anyone experiencing anything similar with their shiba, and/or have any suggestions on how to proceed? Seeing him at least partially show signs of wanting to get all social with the other male does motivate me to work on it. But the point where it will go freeze/snap is usually where the other male tries to inhale his scent.
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