Guest amazing_gracie Posted February 22, 2012 Share Posted February 22, 2012 Gracie hates them. I can't really say I blame her. We live in a garden apartment community and Gracie is the only Grey here. There are a couple of Pit Bulls, a Bullmastiff, a large Retriever mix, a French Bulldog, a Mini Schnauzer, a Chihuahua and several toy dogs of the fluffy white yappy variety. Gracie is quite friendly, if a bit overly playful, with the large dogs. She stalks the Frenchie, who rarely barks. With the other small dogs, she FREAKS OUT. Usually they start it by yapping at her as soon as they see her. Then the savage beast comes out and she barks ferociously at them, pulling and jumping around like a maniac. She nearly knocks me over, she gets so crazy. Of course, the owners of the small dogs then act as if it's all Gracie's fault. I don't pull or jerk the leash, I just shorten it as much as possible and say "NO" as soon as I notice her begin to get agitated. If they don't yap, she shakes with excitement and watches them, and may or may not bark once as they pass. This is the best we can do. We've used a harness with good results (much milder response to the little buggers) in the warmer weather, but with the cold weather here, Gracie needs a coat and the harness just does not fit over or under her coat without severely restricting movement. So it's back to the collar for walks. Obviously I know I can't get these people to control their little dogs. And I know that the instictive response to hunt/chase small fluffly creatures has been bred into Greys for thousands of years. At this point I'm just worried about Gracie damaging her throat with all the lunging she does when we encounter these little dogs. She hacks and coughs afterwards, and her bark while lunging sounds strangled and raspy. Also, I don't want her to earn the reputation of being aggressive or unruly. She walks very nicely on leash otherwise. In all other settings, Gracie is a perfect lady, gentle, calm and obedient, even with small children. We don't have the option to avoid these dogs altogether since we live in the same community and of course all the dogs must go outside for walks and potty time. What can we do? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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