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Old 12-05-2012, 12:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Mafalda is my 4 months basset hound, i've just had her for 2 months by now! she is a little bit stubborn though with food the issue can be solved, the problem is when i take her out for a walk she gets very nervous when other dogs are around! she even howls in fear whenever a dog gets too near to her,
The other day i was walking with her and a golden retriever without a leash rushed on to her and made her trip over, her trauma is even worse since then!! i want to move with my girlfriend but shes got an overall nervous scottish terrier, what can i do in order for her not to be afraid whenever she is around other dogs or to get along peacefully??? i don't want her to get hurt or anything like that :/ please help!! i will appreciate it very much!
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Puppy Socialisation and Habituation (Part 1) Why is it Necessary?

Puppy Socialisation and Habituation (Part 2) How to go about it

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in dogs there is only one personality trait that can be judged in a puppy that has a high a high rate of maintence as an adult. That is the only trait that can be reliably temperment tested for in puppies is "shyness" and when yu have a shy dog it is a constant battle I would also suggest

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The author gives useful, practical advice that embellishes upon only a few central themes. The primary concept around which the book is structured is that the key to helping a shy dog through life is extensive and continual training and calm leadership, "...A dog's basic personality doesn't change. However, a fearful dog can learn to compensate for her shyness. The more training she receives and the more situations she experiences, the better she compensates. Your goal with your dog will be to help with the compensation process."
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Listen to Mickey, he knows his stuff.

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Welcome to the group and congratulations on your new additon. It might also be a good idea to look up a "good" puppy class you can join in your area.

If you have any photos to post - we love puppy photos - can't get enough

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