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Evening all

Bruno is 9 weeks old today and he's been with us for one week now.

I'm quite keen to get him socialised as much as possible early on, at the minute though only with dogs I know.

Bruno will, in any new situation at the moment, sit down for a minute and (I think) assess the situation before making an approach to investigate. For instance, he's done this for people, dogs, puddles, cars, bikes etc.

Anyway, I thought I'd go and see my friend tonight who has a Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Jake, 5yo). He's an ok dog.

Problem here tho, and this is where my concern lies...
Since my friend had a baby last May, he's had less time for Jake and so, Jake is a hyper wee pooch - that's bit like a typical bull terrier.

He didn't give Bruno a chance to evaluate the situation and instead just barged right up to him. Big slap on wrist for me here as I didn't control the situation as best as I could.
So Bruno gets a little frightened for a minute, but he's soon wanting to play with Jake again (once he gets a grip on the situation).

I think Bruno showed good bounce back ability from a tricky situation, and obviously I shouldn't allow many (if any at all) situations like that to happen.

But should I be worried about lasting effects with his socialisation because of tonight's event?

I don't think so since, like I said, he wasn't bothered in the end. But I've read some stories where you shouldn't overexpose your pup to wildly hyper dogs whilst they're young.

Anyone any thoughts?
 

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It doesn't sound like a problem if he bounced right back and wanted to play. The only thing I would watch for is if it turned out that Jake becomes a frequent playmate (it doesn't sound like he will be?) and Bruno ended up on the losing end of their play most of the time.
 

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I think he's ok. He's still young enough that it shouldn't really effect him.

Diesel was almost attacked by a dog at 10 weeks and was terrified of dogs for about a day and then he bounced back from it when I had him around calmer dogs so he'll be ok I would make sure that if you play with Jake again you introduce them to each other in an easier way maybe have them both leashed and let them smell each other. Also give Bruno a break if jake is constantly beating him like melbrod said.
 

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What are the best ways to socialize and control the situation? I also have a 9 week old doberman and she doesn't do well with the other dogs in my home but they are 6-8 year old little dogs. She seems to do ok with dogs her own size but I want to be able to take her anywhere and have no worries of her behavior.
 
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