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My dogs are amazing. They are excellent around children, well behaved on the lead, always recptive to commands and very respectful towards strange dogs. However, all of these shining good manners didn’t come without some seriously hard work.
With Peppa especially, tthe Cocker Spaniel, I have had to put in a great deal of effort and training to correct bad habits I unknowingly allowed to develop while she was young. All of these bad habits eventually grew into an insecurity and anxiety towards strange dogs. Before her training, she would greet a dog perfectly fine, and then all of a sudden change her mind and snap at them. Or worse still, charge straight at them without provocation.
Peppa is not an agressive case, she doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. What she did have, however, is a serious crisis of confidence. It took me a long time to work out what exactly was triggering her antisocial behaviour, and even longer to cure it. But finally, we did it, and I couldn’t be more proud.
So this week I wanted to write a post on my experiences, in the hope that anyone going through a similar senario could use it as a starting point to guide their future research/training. I have written up a full post here. Broken down into sections so you can skip ahead anything you don’t feel is relevent. Please let me know if you have experienced anything similar, and comment with what you did to combat it. Hopefully we can add to the conversation on dog anxiety, and help improve the socialisation of all our dogs!