Guest Raymondinho Posted July 23, 2016 Share Posted July 23, 2016 Hi, I've recently found this forum and it seems to be friendly, caring and knowledgable community so hoping to get some help. Sorry for the long post but I know the more info the better. So we'll start with the background. I've had dogs all my life, although closest to a greyhound was our Whippet / Red Setter cross. My wife didn't have dogs growing up but we've had our Yorkie / Jack Russell cross, Yuuku since he was a pup and he's 9 now. Yuuku is quite a solid dog, only thing he's scared of is skateboards. 8 weeks ago we fostered Bayley, our 4 year old retired greyhound and have since adopted her. Bayley is very inquisitive and quite solid too, doesn't get scared / freaked out by anything except of shopping carts that people pull behind them. However, as you'll have guessed from the title, she's not great with other dogs. She was great with other dogs when we first got her, always wanting to go and say hello to other dogs and whining a little if they were too far away or if the other owner moved their dog away. But about three weeks in Bayley seen another dog on the other side of the road, she looked over at it, ears up in curiousity as always, and the other dog started barking at her. It really caught her off guard and she started to whine, bark and jump up and down. Now when she sees any dog, not matter the shape, size or breed and even if they are minding they're own business or haven't even seen her, she acts the same, whining, barking (slightly) and jumping up and down. It's certainly not aggressive, and she doesn't try to get away either. I know the textbook answer is to de-sensitise her by getting her at a comfortable distance, re-assuring her and rewarding calm behaviour and gradually decreasing the distance but she doesn't seem to have a comfortable distance. Or if she has, it's longer than any of the flat unobstructed patches of land in my area. Basically if she can see the dog, she's going to react. So any advice would be much appreciated. It's so hurtful and frustrating that we know she's capable of getting along great with other dogs and is missing out on this important part of dog life. NB, even after the event, it never made her act any different towards Yuuku, she gets on fine with him. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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