Bullied!

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Calo
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Bullied!

Post by Calo » 06 May 2014, 14:37

Hi everyone,

I have got an 8 month old mini labradoodle (neutered female) who gets very excited when she comes across other dogs. When off lead, all she wants to do is to run to the dogs to say hi and play with them. Over the bank holiday weekend, there were two separate occasions where she was picked on by another female dog - one of them, a Lurcher was chasing after her (initially we all thought it was play) but gradually it looked more like a bullying game and started nipping her on the neck. No injuries. I'm just getting worried and wondered if there are any advice on what I could do to help her stand up more for herself when encountering situations like this. She's otherwise a very well socialised and usually confident dog. Thanks!
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Re: Bullied!

Post by Lizzie-Lou » 06 May 2014, 16:54

Hello Calo

If you Google sighthound nipping neck, you will see that this is how lurchers, greyhounds and so on behave when they are running and playing. Lizzie used to go to day care where the owner had a lurcher and she did the same thing. I felt like you when I first saw her do it, as Lizzie was very small then and the lurcher seemed enormous! However, in our case, there was no malice in it, just instinct or excitement I guess, or maybe they were establishing the pecking order. Sorry my answer isn't very helpful as I really don't know much about it other than my own (very limited) experience of lurchers, and doesnt explain the bullying behaviour of the second dog (unless it was a similar type). I am sure more knowledgeable people will be along soon to advise!

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Post by Bid » 06 May 2014, 21:07

Unfortunately many doodles have inherited the lab trait of rushing up to play with every dog they meet, and an awful lot of dogs don't like it. A polite greeting between dogs usually involves a slow approach which gives a chance to study body language first to determine whether to approach or not, and whether play is welcome. A mature confident dog such as my Daisy will give a rude youngster a quick reprimand and then play, but a less confident dog is likely to put up quite a display, which is usually a panicky scared "Go away!".

My Beamish is a bit enthusiastic, so when I see a dog we don't recognise I tend to call him to me and approach on lead or at heel until I am close enough to ask if the dog likes to play, and if so I tell him "go play" (that's if I spot the dog before he does - if I don't then I get to grovel :oops: ). I live in hope that one day he will be as capable as Daisy of judging the situation!
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Post by Helen & Rigby » 06 May 2014, 21:57

I understand your concerns. Rig is also a mini, 17 in to the shoulder and 10.6 kg mini mini! I do worry sometimes when he's with bigger dogs that play a bit rough for him. He will yelp sometimes when he gets knocked about and will hide behind me.

He too usually bounds over to play and has had a nasty shock a few times, fortunately he is very fast so can get himself out of scrapes that way! He is my first and still sometimes I'm not sure if its all noise from a dog or if they are really going to hurt him.

I find I have to watch collies they will usually try to herd him and nip at him. He does look like a little black sheep bless him :lol:

Most of the time now he will either stand still and wait for the dog to get closer or lay down and wait, then pounce play wise when they get within a couple of feet! :D

I guess they're still learning!
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Post by dexysback » 07 May 2014, 10:22

Dexter as had the same thing ,but dexter run to them like a mad dog ,only to play and he as been chased off by a few dogs ,and when they get nippy and over powering he doesnt like it ,i find its colies ad grhound type that are like this.
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Post by Calo » 07 May 2014, 12:16

Thanks for all the replies. It's reassuring that she isn't the only one. Hopefully she'll learn to be wiser as she grows up. :wink:
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Post by Benben » 08 May 2014, 09:45

Ursa is getting wiser, and much more willing to assess the situation before plunging in (as she used to). I'm lucky that most of the dogs hereabouts are not aggressive and the worst that happens is she'll get snapped at.

Yesterday we ran into Frank, who is an adorable Labrador/collie cross just coming up to six months old. His owner gets very concerned because they play so roughly, but I've reassured her that if Ursa were worried she'd come away and if she were hurt at all she'd yelp. She does neither, happily playing, chasing and rolling about on her back, and I'm not worried at all. (Also any dog playing with her gets mostly a mouthful of shaggy fluff!)
Ursa: born 28.10.13

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