|Barked: Thu May 24, '07 3:58pm PST |
|OK, well, I can almost picture in my head what you're saying.
If there is a large dog you the owner know well enough to put up with some embarrassing behaviors until he's socialized, you should set a play date. Or maybe you don't mind your dog acting the fool at a well-behaved dog park... Or better yet, you can sign up for doggy daycare or socialization classes or something. He's going to act the fool, and you need to get through it to make him better.
So, I think what it sounds like is going on is your dog is greeting dogs very aggressively (stiff posture, tense, ears forward, tail stiff or wagging too fast), especially since he gets right up in their face (sniffing noses) and then snaps at them. Then what happens is you tighten the leash and restrain him, which only creates more of a "LET ME AT 'EM!" reaction. If you then walk away with him, he believes that he won that fight.
To socialize your dog properly, you're going to have to get to the point that your dog can learn manners. Now, maybe you should consult a behaviorist. Because I don't see your dog, I can only guess...
But as I imagine it I would take him to 1 dog (NOT a pack (= 2+)) that I know is polite and well-behaved.
I was going to put some suggestions about behavior modification here, but if a poor guess from me results in your dog's injury, I would feel awful. Basically, don't give him "backup" for his rude behavior and help him learn from his mistakes.
If all goes well, your dog will be taught good manners by you and by the other stable dog. He will say, "They're not that bad, plus, I don't have to win these fights anymore."
Do you carry your dog? If so, you should stop doing that. Do you say, "Shush now, be good" and pet him? Also should be stopped. When he's bad, you correct & ignore until he's good. ...Basically.
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