Interaction with Other Dogs

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Puppy training classes help introduce your puppy to other dogs, but canine interaction should still be approached with caution.

  • Same–sex dogs are more likely to be problematic with each other’ therefore, try familiarizing your puppy with the opposite sex first.
  • Train her in areas where there are non–threatening dogs and praise her when she interacts with them or shows no undesirable reaction to their attention.
  • Be wary of signs which suggest she will be aggressive toward another dog and remove her promptly from the situations if aggression occurs.

Try looking out for the following body language to spot aggressive behavior before it happens:

  • Circling with tail and head held high
  • Walking on toes
  • Rigid tail wags
  • Uptight facial expressions

Also, keep in mind that as your puppy reaches maturity, she is likely to become more assertive and protective.