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Old 07-04-2008, 10:36 AM   #1
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I took Zhaan to the field today.witch is at the bottom of my street. the weather was so nice and I wanted to show her the field. Two big dogs came over and she was a bit scared even though I was holding her. She also met a 14 week old collie. I didn't let them sniff as she has not had her second vaccination yet witch is why I was holding her .I think meeting the dogs has made her a bit edgy as when she went in to the garden later she ran in the house after hearing a dog bark. Hope I haven't made her scared of dogs. Think I will wait a bit longer before taking her out again.
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Old 07-04-2008, 10:44 AM   #2
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i would not worry...when ruby was a small pup before her 2nd injection i used to cary her round the block so she could get used to all the sights and sounds etc...she sometimes seemed a little cautious, but i did not remove her i just kept calm and talked to her so she could see i was not worried about what it was that was bothering her. keep doing it...its great for them!
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good, glad you said that. I was worried It mite be too soon
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I wouldn't worry too much, when I first got Molly as a puppy I took her out in my arms a few times and she was petrified of everything and shaking. The first walk after vaccinations she was scrabbling to be picked up again, but I persisted and within a week she was fine.

By 4.5 months she was really cocky and wanting to make friends with every dog we came across.
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I'd say the more experiences the better at this age

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I agree the more experances she gets now the better, we used to carry our dog around when she was a puppy as well, it's not so much of a shock for them when they go for their first walk.

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thanks all . I think I worry to much
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I agree with bunnyphone and Briard Loverthat the more new experiences, the better. Have you seen the "Rules of Seven?"
http://www.ontheridge.net/aboutus.htm
Or the "Rules of twelve?"
http://www.dogsadversereactions.com/training.html

As long as you don't inadvertantly reward her for being fearful, meeting new dogs should be good for her, even at this young age.
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oh Thanks. that's great I will follow that
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I totally agree with other comments, don't stop taking your pup out and about.

Just wanted to add that it is quite common for dogs to be worried by meeting other dogs whilst being held. They are totally unable to flee the situation or give themselves more space, and they are unable to use appropriate body language to show the bigger dogs that they are not a threat. It would be normal for a young pup to adopt a lower phyical position than the older dog, a submissive posture such as rolling on their back or crouching low. When they are held they are elevated above the older dog's head which can be seen as a much more threatening stance - height seeking is a way dogs indicate dominance to each other.

Obviously there were good reason why you were carrying your pup on this occasion, but once she is fully vaccinated she will probably cope better with meeting other dogs in a more natural manner.

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