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Dog & (some) people reactive
I have a 8 month old dobie. He was highly socialized as a young pup and did a couple week training course at 3 months old with 7 other dogs and their handlers. He was attacked by a small dog at 4-1/2 months old and became dog reactive. I have been working with him to have him ok when seeing a dog. He will now sit n “leave it” until the dog walks by then he jumps n growls like a maniac for a few seconds. He will walk past a dog within 8’ as long as the dog ignores him. If it shows interest he tries jumping, moaning, growling til we pass. He unfortunately was attacked by a dog again at 7 months old (snapped its rope in its yard n charged us across the street) since then I’ve had to work with him more to get him back to where he was understandably. He has not attacked back in either situation he makes a ton of noise n tries getting away but since the second attack he is showing a fear from some humans. He has never had a bad (negative) experience with people. I’ve been told it’s natural for dobies to be nervous n fear reactive, that it’s a stage for his age. Have any of you dealt with fear reactions? Had your dog over come his fear n greet dogs normally. If I walk with another dog slowly close the distance n “pack him up with the dog” he is totally fine after a few barks, jumps, nips towards the dog n can play off leash with the dog after approx a half hr walk. What are some suggestions to help my dog relax n not be so excited or stressed when meeting or seeing a dog?