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Hi everyone, I have a lovely 15 week old black lab called tilly. She's doing really well but the main problem we have is that she is really quite nervous around other dogs, especially ones that come bowling up to her paws flying. We walk her in some fields where there are quite a lot of dog walkers and have introduced her to dogs we know are friendly but she is still quite nervous (cows are no problem but dogs are another matter!) today when I was out with her this little norfolk terrier came careering towards her (the owner was over the other side of the field chatting). I grabbed its lead to gain some control over it and allowed Tilly to approach. She wasn't very keen though. Eventually the woman started to come over and I shouted across that she was only little and still quite nervous. Her response was well she's got to get used to it sometime. I was pretty cross but managed to control my response to politely pointing out she should have her dog under control when there are livestock around. This got me wondering whether I was actually doing Tilly more harm than good. Am I getting it wrong to only let her meet dogs that I know are friendly and under controlled circumstances? She's going to puppy classess too. Sorry for the long post, worried novice dog owner!

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I think you might get lots of different view on this, but I think when pups are going through that sensitive stage it's really important they only have controlled positive encounters - ie they don't get bowled over.
I just don't see why a calm, nervy pup needs to learn by neing bowled over or being growled at for doing nothing wrong.

Nellie had a phase of the ninnies until about 13 or 14 weeks, she was very keen to meet dogs and confident, unless they came running and then she'd understandably start running too, the other way :lol:
I used to just spot them coming (she never did) and call her to me and then we'd greet the hooli dog together.

Now at 18 weeks she has no problem with dogs, big or small if they are running towards her at full pelt.

letting grumpy dogs tell your pup off
This was my thread on a similar theme. I think some pups can take everything other dogs throw at them from day 1, whilst others need building up gently to gain confidence. That's what socialisation is, building them up, not throwing them in at the deep end. I'd ignore the other dog owners, you know your pup best.....just try not to let your alarm at a dog running over pass onto your pup as this will make her more nervy, just be all cheery and jolly hockeysticks type voice to encourage her to think it;s a good thing.
 
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I couldn't agree with Sarah more. Most come through it with careful handling, not overfacing them and maturity.

Pickle (11 weeks) is a bit of a ninny at the moment. Absolutely fine with sensible dogs, or ones she has had a chance to get used to.....but goes into panic mode if rushed at and squished. She'll get there though, all my others have. :wink:
 

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Alfie's not too bad, we met the most gorgeous black lab and irish setter tonite at the park and they were so gentle with him and let him rule the roost. The a bouncing boxer pup, flipped him right over then tried to hump him.. :twisted: Owner thought it was so funny, i didn;t as Alfie then sat right at fet whining to get up in my arms...The other two dog owners then had a go at her as the dog was uncontrollable and trying hump both there dogs and was cocking his leg on the irish setter.. 8O
 

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Thanks everyone, that's what I thought really. Tilly sounds similar to Pickle and Nellie. She's Ok with sensible dogs and usually decides she want to play as soon as they lose interest! its excited over boisterous ones that she tries to run a mile from. Will carry on taking her to puppy classes where she can meet lots of puppies in a sensible environment and introducing her to calm looking dogs. Thanks for the link to your other thread sarah.

Emily

ps all your pups are super cute!
 

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My dog Max is now 16 months old , but I will call him back if he gets too boisterous especially around pups , he always goes to socialise, but i remember that stage with Max he was nervous until about 5-6 months , and after his first holiday , and walking in different places and meeting new dogs he gained confidence. some owners do find it funny and all have different views , but you have already been given good advice, just persevere and let her socialise.
Good luck
 
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