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Old 04-14-2019, 08:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Starting from the beginning... I have a 4 yo minipoo and hes always stayed home while we worked, we have 8 acres and my chihuahua and minipoo were always loose. On April 1st, something killed my chihuahua. My minipoo has been down and upset. I started taking him to my mom during the days and when I get off work we been going to the park to walk/jog the track. Baseball and softball has started so more people are around and bring their dogs as well. Hes never really been around any dogs except ours. I am wanting to know some basic commands to get him to be ok around other dogs so we can continue to go to the park.

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Starting from the beginning... I have a 4 yo minipoo and hes always stayed home while we worked, we have 8 acres and my chihuahua and minipoo were always loose. On April 1st, something killed my chihuahua. My minipoo has been down and upset. I started taking him to my mom during the days and when I get off work we been going to the park to walk/jog the track. Baseball and softball has started so more people are around and bring their dogs as well. Hes never really been around any dogs except ours. I am wanting to know some basic commands to get him to be ok around other dogs so we can continue to go to the park.

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Iím sorry about your Chihuahua. Itís so hard losing a beloved dog. Was he killed by abother animal around your house ?

Regarding your dog being other dogs, I donít think it involves learning any k8nd of special command. Socializing is not like obedience. If you start bringing your dog more andmore to the park, he will get used to all the activity and learn to tolerate other dogs and people better.

Some dogs never really like playing with other dogs. And itís okay too, you canít really force it. You can expect good manners, like no barking and growling when he sees other dogs, but some dogs just like to be left alone.

A good way to socialize your dog with other dogs and people is going in an enclosed area with another dog his size or smaller and se how he does. Pick a very mellow type dog to start with. Let them interact on the leash first, and if you see they like esch other, let them play loose (keep the leash on your dog to make it easier to catch him if his recall isnít perfect).

If you donít know how to read dogís body language well (some people think dogs are fighting when theyíre just play posturing), check on youtube, there are good videos. Make sure itís a good source though, a good trainer with serious credentials.

Oh, and your dog is most probably grieving the loss of his friend and will need time to adjust. You have to take that into consideration aw well.

Iím sure youíll have fun with your dog.
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If you have friends with dogs, I would invite them over maybe one at a time first and see how the dogs react. That is how I got my girls acclimated to other dogs, while keeping them as mentioned on a lease at first. I am now up to 12 dog coming to parties and all is fine, some want left alone while others want to play, but do dog fighting.

And yes your dog is most likely broken hearted do the the loss of your other dog. I had a matched set of Dobs the when the female died, the male lived about 60 days or less and was 5 vet said he died from a broken heart missing his friend. I alway keep 2 then wind up with 3 then one starts going downhill.
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Iím sorry about your Chihuahua. Itís so hard losing a beloved dog. Was he killed by abother animal around your house ?



Regarding your dog being other dogs, I donít think it involves learning any k8nd of special command. Socializing is not like obedience. If you start bringing your dog more andmore to the park, he will get used to all the activity and learn to tolerate other dogs and people better.



Some dogs never really like playing with other dogs. And itís okay too, you canít really force it. You can expect good manners, like no barking and growling when he sees other dogs, but some dogs just like to be left alone.



A good way to socialize your dog with other dogs and people is going in an enclosed area with another dog his size or smaller and se how he does. Pick a very mellow type dog to start with. Let them interact on the leash first, and if you see they like esch other, let them play loose (keep the leash on your dog to make it easier to catch him if his recall isnít perfect).



If you donít know how to read dogís body language well (some people think dogs are fighting when theyíre just play posturing), check on youtube, there are good videos. Make sure itís a good source though, a good trainer with serious credentials.



Oh, and your dog is most probably grieving the loss of his friend and will need time to adjust. You have to take that into consideration aw well.



Iím sure youíll have fun with your dog.
We're not 100% sure what it was. Possibilities could be another neighboring dog or coyote.
He listen to us very well at home unless there is a neighbor dog or deer around, he doesn't want to listen and come back. I've been trying to work more and more on him not even going after a deer.
I absolutely believe he is still grieving. He has seemed so lost without her. So we have been giving him lots of extra attention to help cope.
I'll continue to take him to the park and let him see others but keep my distance until I feel he is comfortable to get closer.

I hate hes heart broken. He literally stays at my feet at all times and as soon as I get to my moms to pick him up hes extremely excited to see me. He has slacked up eating and that is a concern for me. I know its depression. So when I visit the vet tomorrow I'll see if they have any suggestions on what I can try to help with that part. Its been a rough couple of weeks and it breaks my heart that he's not showing as much as every because of the situation.

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If you have friends with dogs, I would invite them over maybe one at a time first and see how the dogs react. That is how I got my girls acclimated to other dogs, while keeping them as mentioned on a lease at first. I am now up to 12 dog coming to parties and all is fine, some want left alone while others want to play, but do dog fighting.

And yes your dog is most likely broken hearted do the the loss of your other dog. I had a matched set of Dobs the when the female died, the male lived about 60 days or less and was 5 vet said he died from a broken heart missing his friend. I alway keep 2 then wind up with 3 then one starts going downhill.
I have one friend with a dog. But theirs is a German shepherd I've thought about it, but afraid he'll be intimidated due to size. I did allow him to be close to one pup at the park Thursday and he was really anxious. I heard a couple low growls and told him be good. I left on a good note with that pup and gave. Treat. I'd like to find another treat that's good for rewards because the ones I have get really hard fast.

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I use chewy soft treats for special things my girls do, they like them better than the hard ones. My friends have all small dogs, behsawn freeze, shi sue (don't know correct spelling) and 7 toy poodles and couple other mixed small ones. the large dog could hurt your accidently due to size. Just give him the additional attention, how long has it been?
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I use chewy soft treats for special things my girls do, they like them better than the hard ones. My friends have all small dogs, behsawn freeze, shi sue (don't know correct spelling) and 7 toy poodles and couple other mixed small ones. the large dog could hurt your accidently due to size. Just give him the additional attention, how long has it been?
I've actually been looking on chewy.com for treats and possibly changing dog foods as well. This happened on April 1st so it's been 2 weeks. My youngest son actually stayed at my mom's and missed school for 2 days because he was scared of leaving him without one of us around until he got used to it. She baby sits younger kids and he gets so much attention there as well. He's been doing great around people. It worries me so much he'll get to depressed.

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I don’t know if you plan on having another dog soon, or one day, but it might be something that would help if you choose a dog that is a good fit for both your dog and your family.

About dogs not coming back when you let them loose, I’ve always used the same technique and it worked with all my dogs. You need to take him in a safe enclosed area to do this. Walk with your dog off leash, and get him used to you changing directions. He will want to follow you. Don’t give a firm command that he won’t obey, but use a sound, or something to say that you will always use to make him follow.

If he goes too far, never go after him. Just remain where you are and let him come back. If it’s taking too long, walk the other way, slowly. He will see you disappear and what to follow you.

Once you’ve been doing this for a while, in different places, without other dogs, you can try it where there is a dog. Let him play, and when you feel it’s enough, leave and do your usual sound or word. He might not come, but keep walking slowly. If he’s really not coming, you’ll need to go get him and convince him (leaving the lessh on the dog helps). I find that before 2 years old, it’s hard for a dog but after a while they’re mature enough to follow you wven when there is a lot of fun going on.

The more you practice, the faster he will improve.
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I donít know if you plan on having another dog soon, or one day, but it might be something that would help if you choose a dog that is a good fit for both your dog and your family.

About dogs not coming back when you let them loose, Iíve always used the same technique and it worked with all my dogs. You need to take him in a safe enclosed area to do this. Walk with your dog off leash, and get him used to you changing directions. He will want to follow you. Donít give a firm command that he wonít obey, but use a sound, or something to say that you will always use to make him follow.

If he goes too far, never go after him. Just remain where you are and let him come back. If itís taking too long, walk the other way, slowly. He will see you disappear and what to follow you.

Once youíve been doing this for a while, in different places, without other dogs, you can try it where there is a dog. Let him play, and when you feel itís enough, leave and do your usual sound or word. He might not come, but keep walking slowly. If heís really not coming, youíll need to go get him and convince him (leaving the lessh on the dog helps). I find that before 2 years old, itís hard for a dog but after a while theyíre mature enough to follow you wven when there is a lot of fun going on.

The more you practice, the faster he will improve.
He stays by my side usually , unless there is a distraction. Yesterday we were outside and he loves chasing deer, I kept his attention on me only and he wasnt even phased seeing them, which is huge for him. I thought about buying a clicker only for the come command.
My youngest and I are the only one who really work on training and focusing all the attention to him. My older boy and DH dont put time into him.
We have discussed getting another dog one day. We wont go to anything smaller now. It will have to be minipoo size and bigger. So we've discussed another poodle or a GSD. Of course it will be sometime before we actually do it. We want to make sure it's a perfect fit.

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I am sorry about your chi being killed. That is very sad.


Your mpoo most certainly is still grieving his part of the loss. He may also be fearful of being attacked if he saw or heard the attack on your chi.


Do I understand correctly that they were free outside while you were at work? I have a fenced yard, but would never think of leaving any of our dogs loose in the yard if one of us wasn't home. I don't worry much about predators with ours, but I would worry about annoying my neighbors or having someone take one of my dogs. My mom never leaves her small mpoo outside unattended because she worries about overhead predators trying to grab him.


Also not to be hard on you while you are still so upset by what has happened, but I don't think a dog should be loose if it doesn't have a rock solid recall. I can call all three of my dogs off loose chickens and cats running across the street and that is what I mean by rock solid recall.
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