Jonny - reactive towards other dogs. Advice needed

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florencemb
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Jonny - reactive towards other dogs. Advice needed

Post by florencemb » Sat Feb 27, 2016 1:33 pm

Hi all - hopefully you can give us some advice :crossfingers.gif: !

We have had our gorgeous Jonny now since the end of January. Adopting him has been the best decision we've ever made, he is absolutely wonderful and has taken over our lives in the best way possible! He is so loving and cuddly and generally is the easiest boy. Jonny is people obsessed and is so gentle and sweet to anyone he meets, including children. We are in love!!! love4.gif
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On the day we adopted Jonny we walked him with the lovely Ozzie ( who we were very sad to hear had passed away :( ). They were absolutely fine together and Jonny did not react even when Ozzie tried mounting him! Whilst walking there was a bit of a full on off lead spaniel who growled at them and Jonny reciprocated, however obviously I can understand him reacting back. At this point we therefore assumed that he is fine with other dogs due to his great behaviour with Ozzie.

However since getting him home, he has become very selective about which dogs he "likes". If another dog comes too close to him (even just a slow gentle sniff) he will often go for them. I don't think he is actually trying to bite them, it is more of just a warning to them. We have walked him with a lurcher and a spaniel who are both very good with other dogs and whether they are on or off lead he sometimes decides they are not his friends...

My worry obviously is that if he is approached by another off lead dog who won't leave him alone this could spill over in to something much nastier. When we are walking him in very dog dense spaces we do have a "I need space" sign which was given to us by our dog walker however I am keen to help him overcome this and build up a more positive relationship with other dogs. It is obviously great that he adores humans but it would be nice if he had some friends of his own kind! Both of our parents have terriers (Westies and a border X) who can be a bit full on therefore I am very concerned as to what would happen when they meet. We obviously do want to be able to go and stay!

Any advice would be very much appreciated as I know you lot on here are a knowledgeable bunch! :thanks.gif:

Florence x

florencemb
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Re: Jonny - reactive towards other dogs. Advice needed

Post by florencemb » Sat Feb 27, 2016 1:34 pm

Just to add we always walk him on lead.

Also, he never actively goes for another dog (as in pulls to lurch at them). It is only when bothered ie. just a slight sniff

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Re: Jonny - reactive towards other dogs. Advice needed

Post by Julieh » Sat Feb 27, 2016 9:35 pm

It sounds like you're doing all the right things. I think it's best to keep him on lead for now to protect him, as staffies always get the blame if there's a disagreement whether its their fault or not.
When introducing him to your parents/in laws dog do lots of parallel walking, he may not be every dogs best friend but it's manageable .

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Re: Jonny - reactive towards other dogs. Advice needed

Post by Deborah » Sun Feb 28, 2016 9:32 am

I agree with the above. Jonny sounds very similar to Dixie my foster dog. After a while I stopped worrying so much about the growling as I realised it was communication and never progressed to biting. It's not a bad thing that jonny expresses his feelings and tells other dogs to give him space. The worst part is other owners who have no control over their off lead dogs. If you are worried about jonny getting into a fight you could look into muzzle training. Some people don't like muzzle but, I think they are great because they allow you to relax and safely socialise Jonny with other dogs.
Rescue animals are not damaged they have just experienced more in life. If they were human we would call them wise.

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Re: Jonny - reactive towards other dogs. Advice needed

Post by Liv500 » Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:08 pm

Do you know any dogs who you can practice with?
The reason I ask is that is what we did with Rhianna.
Rhianna is still vile on lead. Lunging snarling sounding like beelzebub.
But off lead she's brilliant.
So brilliant that we had a dog walking business with her and multiple dogs staying in our house all the time with absolute confidence.
Put a lead on her - devil dog comes back.
I don't in any way suggest that you take the lead off and see what happens! Noooo
What we did was one dog at a time, parallel walking till they settled and then once that was ok let them interact in a secure place off lead supervised and initially with a muzzle on just in case. One dog at a time till we realised that it's a lead thing.
Rhianna is a totally off lead dog now. Obviously with the exception of roads and when it's unsafe.
She's totally stressed out by other dogs when she's attached to a lead.
If we hadn't done this I would have said that Rhianna was dog aggressive. It's loud, lunging snarling behaviour. She looks like she means business and it's never got better. As it happens she isn't dog aggressive at all, she's a joy to walk and any friend can bring their dogs over and we can go to Doggy friends houses.
So I would suggest just making sure in a safe and controlled way first. Especially if he's shown good dog skills at some point.

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Re: Jonny - reactive towards other dogs. Advice needed

Post by Deborah » Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:54 am

I agree, Dixie is simular to Rhinna. We did what you did and parralall walked her with the one of the kennel dogs and she was good with him, then they had a nice play in the garden. Tried to do it again with a different kennel dog though and he was too boisterous and she growled at him whenever he tried to get her attention. Other dog walkers told me I should let her play off-lead but, as I was fostereing I couldn't. Also, I couldn't trust her not to chase after a deer and get lost. If you live near one of the boarding kennels you could see if someone from RR could do a parralall walk with you.
Rescue animals are not damaged they have just experienced more in life. If they were human we would call them wise.

florencemb
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Re: Jonny - reactive towards other dogs. Advice needed

Post by florencemb » Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:39 pm

Thanks all for your comments and suggestions :) :thanks.gif:

As you say Deborah it just becomes more difficult when you are walking and people have no control over their off lead dogs! Drives me crazy x

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Re: Jonny - reactive towards other dogs. Advice needed

Post by ShazJ » Mon May 02, 2016 9:06 pm

Is usually the lead. If you're in a mixed environment (some on lead, some off lead) and your dog is new to the area then both you and the dog will find life more difficult on the lead. They feel a mix of threat and protection. They can't run away from the problem so they react in the way you describe. Any chance of walking them earlier or later so that fewer people n dogs are around? Or somewhere with big spaces where they can run off lead? I find really early mornings are fab. I hate walking my lot on lead!

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