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    How can I get Meeko to do this properly?! He just goes OTT demented stops listenin but wiggles and scares/annoys the other dogs so they growl or hate him!! He doesnt let other dogs sniff him because he is too busy jumping around. Even on a leash I cant get him to sit calm or still! If he sees another dog while we are on a walk he gets so excited jumping in circles and for this reason I cant trust him off the leash even in an open field incase he spots another dog before me and runs to play with it. He isnt vicious and wouldnt hurt the dog even when they growl bark and snap at him - but other dogs and owners get frightened by his size.

    He used to see my sisters husky regularly but they havnt seen each other for a few months because now theyr older the husky cant stand meekos excited behaviour and growla showing her teeth. When they do attempt to play it always looks so vicious and Ellie the husky looks like she is being nasty fighting not play fighting and her furr stands up on her back. My sister thinks thats just how she plays but im not so convinced and it makea me a bit nervous! We have tried re introducimg them with them both on the leash but its not working!!
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    Default Re: greeting other dogs properly and calmly!

    Tasha, I'd think some of this is exuberant youth and he'll calm down
    at some point. Hopefully you can find some very mellow doggies that
    will put up w/his friskiness. I still love Meekos, what a sweetie pie!


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    I agree with Carol! Have you put him in trainging classes yet? Were in those and they do seem to help with her listening to us. She seems to calm down faster.

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    Classes probably are a good idea.... 'reform school' if you will.. LOL. I think we are going to have to get Amy into classes as well.

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    Im not sure that we do doggy behaviour classes here in Wales its definatly something im going to look in to though theres a few areas I could do with the professional help (for meeko not myself LOL)
    Xx.Demari-Jay & Meeko.xX

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    Perhaps bring some treats with you and only let Meeko interact with the other dog once he sits and settles? Then give him a treat and let him interact with the dog. If he doesn't, use your 'punishment' word ie. no, ah-ah or too bad! and then continue walking. Attempt to teach him that if he's too excited, he will not get to visit. It may take a while but I'm slowly seeing progress with Ramsay doing this. He does a similar thing in that he pulls and goes crazy when he sees another person or dog (he thinks everyone loves him). When it's people I won't let them pet him until he sits and settles. If he doesn't we keep walking.

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    Not gonna lie, Swagger does the same thing. A lot of older dogs seem to get annoyed with his youth pretty quickly. I find that when he gets to au with other young dogs they will actually play back, especially puppies.

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    Default Re: greeting other dogs properly and calmly!

    Practice makes perfect.

    If Meeko is going kookoo for cocoapuffs and the other dogs are growling, they are often saying, "Hey! I don't like how unstable your energy is! Stop it!" Meeko is a pup and practice and experience will help. Don't be nervous! Your energy travels down that leash!

    A good idea is to practice with dogs and people you know. Get good at that and then move on to strangers and strange dogs. Disagree with behaviors you don't want (be clear and consistent) and relax! Have fun!

    Best advice ever given me: YOU (the pack leader) is in control of the meeting!

    Bo used to act like a maniac when he met other dogs. He was a pup. He's settled down considerably now at the ripe old age of 2.5. LOL We had to practice though and make lots of mistakes so he could learn.

    Bea can be snippy when she first meets a dog. I've had to flip her around and let other dogs sniff her business end and it takes the wind RIGHT OUT of her sails, let me tell ya. LOL

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    Default Re: greeting other dogs properly and calmly!

    Quote Originally Posted by Vicaroo1000 View Post
    Practice makes perfect.


    Bea can be snippy when she first meets a dog. I've had to flip her around and let other dogs sniff her business end and it takes the wind RIGHT OUT of her sails, let me tell ya. LOL
    I have to do this a lot with Banks, but more so with the little 'Cheli Bean" he so thinks he is the biggest Bull Mastiff on earth!
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