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morning everyone

I have been trying to get Coco to meet more people and dogs because he tends to bark at everyone. Well this morning I took him out in our village with my toddler in the pushchair and my daughter and we came across this little dog out on his own it followed a man in front who had a dog and there was no problem but I didn't know how Coco would react, the dog came towards us and I just kept walking and pulling Coco who was turning round, tripping me up there was no barking or anything. Now I keep wondering if I should of stopped and let Coco sniff him but I didn't know how things would turn out. The dog did go up to a rottie that had stopped to let us go by and that went for the dog (not mine).

That wasn't the walk I was expecting. My daughter couldn't keep up with me bless her.
 

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When Millie was first allowed out on walks and she was very excitable and playful, I checked with all dog owners. My question was always the same 'Is your dog OK with puppies?'.

If the owner said yes, then I'd let them meet. Occasionally the owner said no, so I just kept Millie away. If she was off lead, I'd put her back on or pick her up.

Most owners are more than happy to let their dog socialise with your puppy.

I think if the man had his dog off lead. then he'd confident that his dog is sociable enough to cope with puppies. The meet and greet is like a mating dance, there are set stages to it. When Coco meets another dog watch how they greet each other. Its best not to interrupt the greeting as this can cause one or other of the dogs to get distressed and react (a bit like suddenly being rude for no reason). There are lulls in the greeting when it is safe to separate.

Hope that helps. :D
 

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I think you did fine....if it didn't have an owner how were you to judge a dog you never met.
Some Trainers train that way....that you just keep walking, becuase if you hadn't told him it was ok to stop and have a sniff he has to do what you want him to do. I don't think I am explaining it right.....the guy who trains that way has a show here in Canada called at the end of my leash....he has a puppy book too. and tho I don't believe in everything he teaches some of it is quite right and valid.
 
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