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27th March 2010, 04:25 PM
Hi all ruby is 7 months old now and has healed well following her spay . i have a large dog walking field near me we go on twice a day . she is very submissive when approached by other dogs and comes to me to be picked up . i try and encourage her to play if its an obviously friendly dog . theres a lady with 2 shiztues (sp) round the corner who is usually there too.one of her dogs is very loud and barks constantly at ruby ..in fact she was the first dog ruby really met and she was afraid of her from the start . well today was there with ruby off lead playing fetch no one else around then this lady appeared and the dog charged to ruby and was growling and immediatly ruby rolled over .this seemed to incite the other dog who stood over ruby and appeared about to nip her throat :eek: i stepped in and pushed the dog off and said ooh think she was about to nip . the owner gave me a dirty look and said never !! the thing is i really want her to be sociable but i dont want her to be trampled and scared like that but what is normal for dogs ? i know they learn their place but is it right to let a dog stand over the other like that .. i think the lady thinks i am being too precious about ruby and i should let them have it out but im too much of a chicken .. ive only had a fairly big dog before a collie cross and had no problem letting her mix with all types of dogs . any advice very appreciated . thanks in advance.

27th March 2010, 06:28 PM
I am not an expert on dog behaviour but my little girl Chaos has always been very submissive with other dogs, although I never pick her up as think this might encourage other dogs to attack. She has always laid down on her back in submissive posture, even in front of puppies who are a bit bemused by this. Have never known a dog to attack her whilst she is submitting to them and figured it was just her nature and maybe because she has SM and knows she is not strong. Just get annoyed it she is laying in the mud and getting fillthy.:razz: If they are like this I am not sure there is anything you can do to make them feel less submissive but would not pick her up. Maybe someone else with more experience will be able to advise you.

27th March 2010, 09:11 PM
thanks for that , i dont pick her up even though she puts her paws on me nearly pleading for me to ! someone said she will learn to give as good as she gets ,but im not so sure . she is happy to play if they arent noisy and too interested in her but this one seems to have taken a dislike to her and the owner seemed to think it was quite funny :bang: suppose will just have to help her meet a wide range of dogs and she will realise they can be lots of fun ..

27th March 2010, 09:27 PM
We have two dogs and they play together fine, Charlie is the boss and he often stands over Sam when Sam is lying on the couch as if to say Im the boss however if Charlie meets other dogs in the park he lies down and is a bit nervous with them. You will have to get used to how your dogs plays with other dogs, however if at any time you are afraid ruby might get a nip your right to step in. I wouldnt worry about what the other owners think they should understand that your dog is not used to playing with other dogs.

27th March 2010, 09:52 PM
thanks - im not nervous of other dogs but this one was growling in her face feet planted either side and seemingly aggressive l. i do know it nipped a child while going past a playground and the child reached to pat it and the owner has told me many times it has a nasty nature . its owner never attempts to quiet its barking and it rules the roost .. guess will just avoid it like the plague ;)

The Rouge Princess
27th March 2010, 10:55 PM
There is some sound advice here imo, Ruby :thmbsup: and some I'll be using myself as I'm in a similar situation with Scarlett atm.

Dogs can sense our emotions are you'll know so try not to seem tense when dogs do approach yourself and Ruby.I know how difficult it can be though, don't get me wrong ;)

I'm having trouble keeping faith that not all dog owners are "numptys" :-/ Because it's only fair, they have to socialise and why not? It's a shame that being such a social breed, some Cavaliers seem to be quite shy upon first meeting other dogs.I've found once they feel secure, they really blossom :)

It takes Scarlett a while before coming out of her shell when playing in the park with other dogs so I think iit may take a little time with both Ruby and Scarlett.

Let us know how you get on



28th March 2010, 12:45 AM
I have a similar problem with our 6 month old Molly. On the route we walk at night there are 2 places where dogs come charging as far as the gate. My dog is frightened but I am hoping she will get over it as the dogs never come past their gate.

28th March 2010, 11:21 AM
the funny thing is if we meet a cavalier she is really happy :wggle:lol think willl get aother when she is a little bit older .