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I have two gorgeous Parsons Russell's, mother and daughter.

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Swifey Thu 03-Sep-15 09:11:52

I have had the mother for neatly ten years since she was a pup, and she is pretty good. She is pre dh and children, and used to come to work with me etc, so is fairly well socialised and well behaved. When she was 4 we had her covered and then kept one puppy, have one tou mum, and sold the other two. At that time I also fell pregnant, and was very ill with sickness the whole way through my pregnancy, unfortunately this meant that the dogs only got walked by me walking down the lane and letting them run round the fields. When the baby was here and we took her for a walk with ds in the pushchair a silly lab came bounding up to the pushchair, all bouncy like they are, and the little one just lost her tiny mind trying to protect ds. We were slightly stressed too as the lab thrust his head straight into ds. The little one was pretty traumatised about other dogs after that. So therefore, the puppy saw no other dogs, and now will not stop barking and being crazy and trying to nip the other dogs if we do meet them. She is so kind and gentle with the children, but sees herself as their personal protection. If I take her for a walk on her own, with her mum and none of the children then she will recall no problem and be good as gold, much calmer, but she still goes crazy when we see other dogs. Any help gratefully appreciated.

BagelwithButter Thu 03-Sep-15 09:31:43

You could try posting on Dog Training Advice and Support FB group

Swifey Thu 03-Sep-15 09:53:55

Ah, I don't do Facebook unfortunately!

Swifey Thu 03-Sep-15 11:33:55

Anyone else out there?

Swifey Thu 03-Sep-15 17:08:10

Shamelessly bumping my non existent thread !

TheMotherOfHellbeasts Thu 03-Sep-15 17:17:13

I have three highly insanely protective dogs, but for our circumstances that's a desirable and encouraged behaviour (we own a ranch in South America) so I'm not sure I can be much help on that front. Any one of my three dogs would have ripped the head off that Labrador and probably shredded its body in fury if it had done that to my DS, they know that I'm happy for them to kill any dog which pushes its luck, unless I've told them to stand down. Again though, things are different in the UK.

I would have been very angry about a strange dog (friendly or not) doing that to my son, what were the owners doing?! Sorry, not much help but rattled on your behalf.

The only suggestion I have is teaching a tolerance line, training your dog that so long as other dogs remain behind the line, that's OK and acceptable, but if they cross that line she can bark/growl.
We've used this with my dogs, they're trained to enforce a perimeter around us, we call it the "kill zone" for the sake of commands as in "Major (ddog1), defend the kill zone". If you took a four foot cane out with you, then when you see another dog you stop and put the cane on the floor a several feet away from you, with time you can move the distance closer and closer until its by your feet, then in time perhaps you won't need it at all. It would require some communication with other dog owners, and I'm not sure how well it would work in the UK, but it works well here.

TheMotherOfHellbeasts Thu 03-Sep-15 17:18:24

Oh, and in case it makes a difference I have two Caucasian Ovcharkas and one Fila Brasiliero, all rescue dogs.

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