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14 days ago, we adopted a 1.x year old english, Daisy. She's pretty small and 'petit' for an english, and appears to have had a litter. She is not spayed and we will get her to a vet as soon as we are able. With the stay at home orders, the first few vets we looked into are not making appointments for this procedure at the moment.

She is incredibly sweet around the house and got over her nervousness with the only two visitiors she's met (my children 11 and 14) pretty quickly. She exhibited nervous barking when they came to our apartment the first time. The second visit, she warmed up quickly. The second time we also met them outside to be sure that it didnt' catch her off guard. No territory or food aggression to me or my girlfriend. Some light barking when theres noise in the building or outside, but nothing unusual for a young dog. She's shown to be pretty easily trainable; takes commends well, food motivated, seems pretty smart. She will sit at doors, street crossings, come when called, learning to stay, etc.

She was rescued from a questionable situation and the owner told us she was good with dogs and kids and that there were both dogs and kids in the house. I have no reason to think she was lying, other than my gut feeling about the owner's behavior when we met. Daisy is sometimes (50/50) showing too much attention and leash aggression on walks. Sometimes she's just 'excited' and seems like she wants to play, but sometimes goes too far and seems like she's protecting. I'm sure I'm not helping by now avoiding other dogs and going to hold her collar when we can't just 'walk away' from another dog on leash. With the covid 'stay at home' orders that we have, I can't take her to a big dog park to see how she does off leash, and I'm nervous to take her to areas (like the local lake) that would have multiple dogs on leash.

I'm just hoping that there is some advise to be shared here. My girlfriend's last dog was a special needs dog that was violent when scared, so we're not willing to have an untrainable or recklessly violent dog.

Thank you so much!
Matt
 

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Train her to walk on a loose leash FIRST. When you encounter other dogs do not get close, do not let her greet and get between her and the other dog. This is advocating for your dog. No leash greetings. Ever. Do not let people pet her. They want to pet a dog they can get their own dog. You let her know YOU will take care of things, and she does not need to.

You can also teach her sit and focus on you (at home and then out without other dogs around). When you see someone approaching with another dog you step off the trail and have her sit and pay attention to you. If the person approaches and starts to talk it is perfectly fine to be a bit rude and ignore them but warn them off it they want their dog to approach while giving full attention to YOUR dog.
 
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