My Dog is Scared of Other Dogs - Jim Burwell's Petiquette

My Dog Is Scared of Other Dogs on Walks

We were out walking our dogs early one morning,  when around the corner comes our neighbor, Mary, walking her dog Dunkin. Upon spotting our dogs Duncan went “ballistic!”

Leila headed away with our dogs as Mary came over and  immediately started to apologize.  “I just don’t know what to do Jim! I need HELP!”  My dog is scared of other dogs.“I don’t know how to handle him when we meet other dogs!  I’ve tried Everything.

I’m so scared and nervous that he’s going to get out from his collar and hurt himself or another dog. “Even on our very first walk Jim, he started growling and snapping at the other dogs and then he would run behind me. Nothing has changed from the day I got him. It’s just not getting better! Even though I’ve taken him to a group class at the local PetsMart, he still is terrified of other dogs when we walk.”  The more Mary talked, you could see her sense of helplessness draining  her energy and confidence.

At Her Wits End

Mary had tried everything everyone told her to do – and more:  She read books, She read stuff online, Group classes, Dog parks,Inviting friends with nice dogs over to her house, even the awful pinch and choke collars.  No luck. At dog parks he tried to attack dogs that came close to him. When shopping at PetsMart he growled and snapped at dogs  in the isles even almost screaming at times.

Not a single technique or tip she was given by others had worked.

She almost whispered, “Please – You have to help me. Can You FIX My Dog?”

Unlike a bike with a flat tire, your dog is NOT broken!

I explained to Mary that Duncan was just reacting to his surroundings like a dog that is afraid and nervous WOULD react.

I told Mary:  so much of your dog’s success with anything, especially being scared of other dogs, is to a large extent, dependent on you and what you do! 

YOU, Mary, are  the person on the other end of the leash.  

When Mary made these simple changes, her confidence grew, her control of Duncan  AND her surroundings increased and Duncan will felt  and sensed it.  

They now are both comfortable and confident on their walks.  She learned to NEVER underestimate her dog’s ability to learn, change and adapt to his surroundings with her help.

  1. Gave her a  new level of CONFIDENCE – NO HARSH CORRECTIONS NEEDED!
  2. Teach your dog:   “YOU have his back” —– HUGE
  3. Learn how easy it is to  use these tips and  be in control.

None of these involved harsh corrections or  picking up your dog.

Let your dog  know that he or she  can be confident and unafraid by simply following your lead. 

Together We Can Raise A Happy and Obedient Dog

Jim Burwell, is Houston’s most respected dog trainer for 25+ years, serving over 10,000 clients. Jim takes the science of dog training and shows you how to make dog training work with your family and dog. He gives you the ability to get the same great dog behavior from your dog.