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Hi as we have been going walks for a wee while now which Mackie has enjoyed. The last couple of times he has been nipped at by other dogs and now every time a dog approaches he is growling SLIGHTLY. :( I hope this is not going to affect his socialisation with other dogs?

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when you say he was nipped, what was the situation, was he playing and it got to rugh or was it passing dogs who just had a go.

do you attend any training classes, are in any socal do walking groups, or walk with a regular croud you meet who walk at the same time as you.

if not i would sugest one if not all three of the above as soon as posible, he needs to be round dogs in a controled situation where you know he will be able to relax and play
 

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When Dylan was a puppy he was badly attacked and was very nervous of other dogs afterwards. His major recovery was when I found a friendly group of people walking with lots of dogs and we joined them so Dylan was surrounded by all shapes and sizes of dog and unthreatened. After a few minutes he relaxed and from that time on was fine. So my advice is as the others - get him used to walking with other dogs straight away before the behaviour becomes a problem.
 

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Biscuit does this sometimes when a dog approaches. He also does it to other things like a strange noise in the garden, etc. I have up until now seen this as a normal thing for him to do when he is a little unsure of something rather than aggression. It is a very low growl. He did it the other day when I lifted him to see some horses. However, as soon as I say 'it's ok!' he stops. I hope this is normal. We are going to do training classes after Xmas.
 

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Thanks everyone. It was an older dog on one occasion who basically could not be bothered with a puppy wanting to play. Things are alot better already as we have met a few familiar dogs one that is a show cocker spaniel called Fudge who is 6 months and him and Mackie get on great. :) I am going to start puppy classes in the new year to help with his socialisation. Thanks again.

Lisa x
 
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