Jumping up and aggressive towards another dog

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  1. Ginette Beal

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    My 7 month female dog is very sociable and enjoys the company of other dogs. She loves to play, although I am trying to train her to check in with me before rushing in. This morning she met a 14 week puppy and the owner did not let them meet and instantly pick her dog up. My dogs reaction was to jump up and begin to bark and try to get at the puppy. The other dog owner kept turning her back and my dog kept jumping up and barking. I had to pull her off to stop her. This is the first time she has behaved in this way and I am unsure how I should react/train her to prevent this happening again. She occasionally jumps but it is not a big issue. Her biggest issue to running off to play with other dogs
     
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  2. 5labs

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    when you say
    Does this mean that sometimes she is allowed to jump up? If so, then she probably had no idea what the issue was if she was trying to investigate the puppy by jumping up.
    Either she is allowed to jump up, or she's not. It makes it easier for the dog to understand.
    As for running off to play with other dogs. You might want to work on her recall.
     
  3. Athena

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    Sorry but the other owner made a mistake. By picking the puppy he was playing dogs' very popular game of keep away. If you want a dog to jump on you, pick up another dog. I've even seen owners do this when dogs are quarreling, with predictable results. A dog would have to have superb recall to come away in this situation so you did the right thing by simply grabbing your girl.

    Hopefully others with more experience will make suggestions for building recall
     
  4. Ginette Beal

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    Thank you for your replies.
    In summary she is not allowed to jump up, by not a big issue I meant she doesn't do it very often. We are working on recall, we did do turnabout walking which was very good for a while, but did not stop the running up to other dogs. The incident yesterday was concerning as it wasn't just the jumping but the slight aggression and barking which accompanied it.
     
  5. Jo Laurens

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    Your dog wasn't aggressive, she just wanted to get to the puppy and felt frustrated that she wasn't allowed to reach the puppy. But you do need to have a good recall, to be able to call your dog back and prevent this scenario from happening.

    No, the other owner did a great thing to protect their young puppy from what could easily have been a very over-whelming social encounter. Another dog doesn't need to be aggressive to scare or traumatise a young puppy - a boisterous and excited adult dog rushing over, is very frightening. Removing the pup from the encounter was a great thing to do and showed that the owner was looking out for and protecting her puppy from bad experiences.

    The owner of the adult dog should not allow her dog to rush to people who don't want to greet her - she should be able to recall the dog off this situation before the dog even reaches them. This is not a particularly difficult thing to train and any dog let off leash should have a reliable recall.
     
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