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I'm looking to socialise our rescue dog. I was told he was good with dogs and to be honest, MOST dogs he sees he will growl at when he sniffs their noses or something. I'm trying to train him and we met a springer yesterday and Toby growled at him, I pulled him back and made him heel and he was about 1-2 metres away from the springer and he was fine doing that. I even leaved forward to get a bit of carrot from the other owner and Toby was ok.

Need to socialise him with other dogs without the owners going into panic mode. I always ask first if I can introduce my dog to theirs and tell them that sometimes he growls but I have him tight on leash.

What tips can you give me?
When he growls I pull him back to my side because I don't want him to bite or something - he hasn't done this but he's not had the chance either.
He will calm down after a while at my side.

Do I tell him off for the growl? I don't know if it's nerves or not, I don't want to make the situation worse.

If I meet another owner and their dog, should I just stand there 'Like a Tree' with the dogs facing each other with a metre or two gap?

Thanks in advance :)
 

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Don't tell him off for growling. Instead, ask the other owner to pull their dog back.
See if you can find out when the Rescue thought that he "was good with other dogs." ?
You might try to socialize him in a dog park off-leash. Some dogs are reactive on leash but OK offleash...? Monitor the interaction.
 

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Apparently he is ok with dogs he knows lol. But there is still the case that he wont get to know other dogs because he will growl. He doesn't stand there barking and growling when near or afar, it's only after he's sniffed them a bit.

I've tried loosening the lead so it's not pulling him, I've pulled him back when he growls but I stay near to the dog so he can see it still. Yesterday I did tell him off. I'd tried everything else and thought I'd give that a go but I felt bad :( Wont be doing that again lol.

I dare not take him off leash lol, I don't think he will come back.
Hubby purposely dropped the lead a few times and he stayed by out side but I think if there was a dog then it's another story.
 

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Don't let him off leash in an open area... but in a dog park. Does he run away and stay away from you in a fenced dog park?
 

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Don't let him off leash in an open area... but in a dog park. Does he run away and stay away from you in a fenced dog park?>>>>

maybe during a slow time with known calm dogs. I dont know if its a great idea to go to a busy dog park w unknown dogs and let go a dog that you are unsure of.
 

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I would NOT take him to a dog park at this point. That is just asking for trouble.

Don't let him greet other dogs nose-to-nose, that is rude in dog world. Encourage nose-to-butt sniffs first. Dogs often greet better if they've walked alongside or near another dog first, or if he still isn't ready for a friendly greeting, walking still provides positive interaction.

Read this handout : Teaching dogs to greet each other politely

Read this blog : Notes from a Dog Walker for lots of advice on "dogs in need of space"
 
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