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My 3-month-old puppy had an interaction with two dogs today. The first went well. However, the second interaction didn't go too well. The other dog snapped at my Xilonen- not 100% sure who instigated the snapping. The other woman just said "it snapped." I apologized and we went our separate ways. On the way back from the walk, we encountered that dog again and it started barking at us (I made sure we kept our distance this time) and my puppy wanted to approach, but was not aggressive. My puppy is usually very playful, but I didn't feel her snap at Coco or whatever his name was ...

I know this is a dumb question, but is it hard-wired in a dog how to approach another dog? (dogs don't approach each other face to face or make eye contact etc.) 🤔 Or does my puppy not know how to greet other dogs?

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Hello! 
My 3-month-old puppy had an interaction with two dogs today. The first went well. However, the second interaction didn't go too well. The other dog snapped at my Xilonen- not 100% sure who instigated the snapping. The other woman just said "it snapped." I apologized and we went our separate ways. On the way back from the walk, we encountered that dog again and it started barking at us (I made sure we kept our distance this time) and my puppy wanted to approach, but was not aggressive. My puppy is usually very playful, but I didn't feel her snap at Coco or whatever his name was ...
I know this is a dumb question, but is it hard-wired in a dog how to approach another dog? (dogs don't approach each other face to face or make eye contact etc.)  Or does my puppy not know how to greet other dogs?
They need to learn this behaviour and the sooner you can socialise the less problems you'll have. Ours is far too social and wants to play with every dog which gets us in trouble at the dog park as she doesn't understand cues that some dogs don't want to play (mainly smaller breeds whose owners panick thinking she's trying to attack). It's good to start with socialising on lead letting them say hello then walking on.

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They definitely need to learn, I socialised Astro with different breeds from an early age and it paid off as he's good with most dogs now even small breeds! Koda on the other hand I got from a rescue at 7 months and it's obvious he's never been socialised, he's very bouncy and vocal towards other dogs and has no idea how to approach them nicely without scaring them (and the owner!)
Definitely get your dogs to meet as many other dogs as possible


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23 minutes ago, Rachael_Astro said:

They definitely need to learn, I socialised Astro with different breeds from an early age and it paid off as he's good with most dogs now even small breeds! Koda on the other hand I got from a rescue at 7 months and it's obvious he's never been socialised, he's very bouncy and vocal towards other dogs and has no idea how to approach them nicely without scaring them (and the owner!)
Definitely get your dogs to meet as many other dogs as possible


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Thank you! Any tips on how to approach the other dogs? She's not too vocal, but she is a jumper. I'm scared she might try to bite the other dog. I don't honk she ever would, she only likes biting her humans. 🙄

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Make sure you hold on to the lead. My Storm play rough and jump on other dogs.

My neighbour husky and my Shiba Coco play the same way and it looks like fighting but their mouths were never closed tightly. It looks daunting and other owners may be weary of playing rough.

Perhaps it’s their nature way to learn self defence?


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Thank you! Any tips on how to approach the other dogs? She's not too vocal, but she is a jumper. I'm scared she might try to bite the other dog. I don't honk she ever would, she only likes biting her humans.
We went to school at around 4months of age and the first thing to teach is recall on the lead so you get their attention when you call their name. This is important because when you meet another dog count to 3 then call your dog and praise when they give you their attention and treat. I personally use the command "come on" and she knows that's time to keep walking as I use it when she stops and sniffs at something for longer than 3 seconds on our walks. I'd say it's more important though to use their name and treat as you can use this to get their attention no matter what the distraction. In theory it sounds easy but in practice it's quite difficult ours just wants to say hello to every dog and every human

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In my own experience, very few dogs have been friendly to mine even when they were pups. Husky’s play rough and are full of energy and for whatever reason many dogs bark and growl at mine, even now. Whilst it’s good to socialise when they’re pups, as I did, and one of mine is very sociable, but he’s still growled and barked at.
I used distraction techniques if a dog was approaching and mine were excited, just keep training with the word ‘calm’ or a word of your choice, and hold the lead close so you have more control, but not tight.


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In my own experience, very few dogs have been friendly to mine even when they were pups. Husky’s play rough and are full of energy and for whatever reason many dogs bark and growl at mine, even now. Whilst it’s good to socialise when they’re pups, as I did, and one of mine is very sociable, but he’s still growled and barked at.
I used distraction techniques if a dog was approaching and mine were excited, just keep training with the word ‘calm’ or a word of your choice, and hold the lead close so you have more control, but not tight.


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Very true I think other breeds are jealous

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12 hours ago, petertmartin said:

Very true I think other breeds are jealousemoji28.png

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Oh how right you are! It's difficult to compete with so much beauty... and fluffiness! When people pet Xilonen, they seem to forget they have their own dog a few feet away! 😂

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We had a similar thing happen this weekend we went to visit family who were camping with their dogs.  Met on beach keta in lead theirs running free and he ran up to keta so she responded  by bouncing at him and he barked and growled so we kept walking. They settled an were running together. We then go back to their camp site and walk up to tent and the two dogs are barking at us my cousin says it's ok come in and the one goes for keta  and bites her ear she slink back behind my husband's leg and hid. They put theirs in the car we stayed a bit and left. She has not been the same since very quiet and doesn't want to now . Not like her at all . Hoping to take her over my mother to play with her best friend in a day or two to get over it.  Keep walking and socialising as they do enjoy it ,it's just the odd few dogs who don't like them but you find that with people not everyone likes everyone don't give up.   

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Thank you! Any tips on how to approach the other dogs? She's not too vocal, but she is a jumper. I'm scared she might try to bite the other dog. I don't honk she ever would, she only likes biting her humans.


Try and make her sit as a dog is approaching, and give a word when it's ok for her to greet them. If the other dog is on a lead pre warn the owner that she might be a bit bouncy!
I think Astro learnt from other dogs how he should behave, he's met a few that have been bigger than him and have put him in his place!
I also took him to doggy day care a few times which is also a good way for them to meet other dogs


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Depends on the dogs you meet. some have been raised right and know how to react to pups and young and mature dogs

Its a pity you are not near me as my husky seems to have become Uncle Husky to all the local pups as he tollerates pups climbing on him and teaches them how to mix with other dogs as they get older over time he will change from letting them get away with everything to starting to tell them off when they get to agressive or playfull if you look back at my posts you will see a video with him and one of his nephew pups

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6 hours ago, PaulG said:

Depends on the dogs you meet. some have been raised right and know how to react to pups and young and mature dogs

Its a pity you are not near me as my husky seems to have become Uncle Husky to all the local pups as he tollerates pups climbing on him and teaches them how to mix with other dogs as they get older over time he will change from letting them get away with everything to starting to tell them off when they get to agressive or playfull if you look back at my posts you will see a video with him and one of his nephew pups

How the other dogs are being raised comes into play as well, I agree. 

Thats exactly what I would like! 😂 To find an adult husky that's been well trained and can show my puppy how to properly socialize. 🤔 

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My partner had an incident this evening when a dog off lead came running across the street and started acting aggressive showing teeth and growling at ours. She had to hurry along so as not to engage with this dog... Stupid owners leaving their dog to roam free out the front of their house the dog could get hit by a car or attack a more vicious dog (ours has held their own at the dog park in a scuffle before but I'd prefer if she didn't fight anyone)

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That's the other thing I'm afraid of. Last week a dog got out of his house as I was walking my puppy; he looked like a lab. As he approached us at a stop sign, puppy and I both freaked out because I don't know anything about this dog. A 6 year-old boy comes running behind his lab, trying to coax him to come back, but even the boy looked apprehensive. The boy was able to grab him by his collar after a few attempts, and go back home.  I stared at the ladies waiting at the other stop sign. What the heck?! Don't send your little boy to get your BIG dog. I'm apprehensive about bigger dogs that I don't know (long story). 

I've  noticed two other dogs that roam loose- I don't know who they belong to, but that kind of makes me apprehensive as well. Many people in this neighborhood don't leash their dogs when they let them outside. It's very lax in my neighborhood. 

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