Why does my dog plant herself and refuse to move when we see another dog?

asked 2020-06-22 22:01:08 -0500

I recently adopted a 4ish year old boxer girl and she has a habit I've never experienced with a dog before. Anytime we see another dog on a walk, she plants herself (lays down) and refuses to move until the dog has passed. Treats don't seem to break her stubborn persistence. Any ideas on training this out of this habit?

Thanks in advance!

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answered 2020-07-27 16:09:53 -0500

Your pup may feel anxious or nervous around other dogs and may be using this as a defense mechanism to protect herself. The best way to fix this problem is by continuing the process of socialization with other dogs. Does she do well around other dogs? Do you go to dog parks? That was definitely the best way for me to socialize my own dogs! Places like Petco also offer socialization type classes for dogs, which could possibly be beneficial for her. If she was a rescue, she may have had poor experiences with dogs in the past which could lead to her fearful behavior now. Keep trying your best to socialize her! That's the best way to break stubborn behavioral patterns. Some dogs in particular don't do well meeting other dogs while on leashes, since they feel somewhat restrained and tend to have their guard up for protection towards themselves and their owner. Perhaps meeting dogs off leash would be better for her. It will definitely be a more difficult habit to break since she is a bit older, however it's not impossible!

Good luck!

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