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Why don't other dogs like my dog?

asked 2015-08-26 14:25:44 -0500

I have a 2 year old Siberian Husky. She is the friendliest dog ever and rarely ever barks. Whenever I take her out to go hiking or somewhere where she meets other dogs, there are a few seconds where they start sniffing each other. Then what usually happens is that the other dog will start growling and sometimes will even try to bite her.

I've taken her to dog parks to socialize, but when a big group of dogs come to her she gets scared and curls up into a ball. After she becomes comfortable, dogs don't really seem interested in her.

I don't understand, why do dogs seem to dislike my dog??

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Your dog is possibly giving off some type of bad energy or signs that the other dogs see. Your dog could have high energy or the complete opposite..he/she could be so nervous, shy, scared or anxiety ridden that other dogs look at that as weak. Try learning how to read "dog language"

Heather L.'s profile image Heather L.  ( 2015-08-27 13:47:12 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2015-08-27 01:16:18 -0500

If it's happening fairly consistently, it's almost definitely a signal your dog is sending that is setting off the other dogs. You mentioned your dog will "curl up in a ball" upon meeting dogs at the park. A lot of dogs want to correct a nervous dog for being nervous (which is the dog equivalent of yelling at a little kid to stop crying--it's totally counterproductive), so that may be what you're seeing. Work with her on increasing her confidence and you may see an improvement in her social interactions. She may also just be doing something rude in dog language when she approaches other dogs and the other dogs are appropriately telling her to knock it off.

It may also be in your best interest to consult a certified behaviorist (not a trainer) to assess her. They could tell a lot more by observing her body language when she approaches other dogs.

Finally, dog parks are NOT good for socialization. You have far too little control over the environment and for a dog who has been involved in repeated confrontations (on the aggravating or the receiving end) it is just not safe. Socialization is a process that requires you to ensure her experiences are good ones rather than just hoping for the best.

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answered 2015-08-27 00:28:24 -0500

It could be the behavior or signals that your dog is doing that is making other dogs uneasy around your husky but I can't say for sure without seeing it. If you would film your dogs meet & greet and play behavior with other dogs the next you visit the dog park and post it on here, I may be able to give you an answer if that is the case.

Another possibility is that some dogs just don't like fluffy dogs, especially if they are high energy.

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I do have one video of when some dogs were barking at her... Idk if it would help? She doesn't seem shy at all though. https://instagram.com/p/1rr1XxBL58/%3C/p%3E (https://instagram.com/p/1rr1XxBL58/)

Katie L.'s profile image Katie L.  ( 2015-08-27 12:17:20 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2015-08-27 15:47:07 -0500

The Siberian Husky Club of America could be a good resource for you. http://www.shca.org/ Look under the "Owning Siberians" tab to drop down to "Area Clubs". Area clubs are a good place to meet other Siberian enthusiasts in your area. Generally, many area clubs offer educational and social opportunities. Find one in your state & go from there! Good luck!

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Awesome this is great I'll try this! Thank you!

Katie L.'s profile image Katie L.  ( 2015-08-27 23:35:50 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2015-08-26 15:18:16 -0500

I have had a few Siberian Huskies stay with me. The first one I made the mistake of not doing a meet n greet first and the owners had not confirmed the stay before they brought him. He was so hyper and intense that my dogs and a normally very unconfrontational guest dog kept trying to pick a fight with him through my closed sliding glass door. The owners came and got him the next day but never confirmed and never paid.

I have had other Huskies that came from well rounded families and my dogs were seemingly nervous to play with them I don't have an answer for your particular situation but want you to know that perhaps it is the breed not you dog. It sounds like you are doing the socialization correctly. When you want to find a sitter do a meet n greet and meet their dogs too. If possible meet guest dogs that your dog will be getting sat with. Talk to a Siberian Husky breeder or breed club too.

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answered 2015-08-28 10:17:55 -0500

Your dog is very submissive. I sometimes watch a golden lab (whole male) and he is the same way. Although he Loves to be with the other dogs and wants to play with them and chase balls, he doesn't set "boundaries" for the other dogs and they harass him. What would really help your dog would to work on some training techniques or even agility training. I would suggest talking to a professional trainer or pay for a session and get some direction for yourself to help him develop confidence.

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answered 2015-08-28 01:00:11 -0500

This happens because your dogs behavior makes other dogs respond the way they do.

It sounds to me like your dog is very unsure and therefore friendly as a way to belong. Perfectly acceptable when around humans but unacceptable to dogs. Making your dog more confident will help dogs see him differently therefore make other dogs response to him change.

Distracting a dog to make him seem more confident can be a successful technique to preventing his brain into going into a fear state. Depending on the personality it might be easier to condition him with a phase/command that reminds him to keep his energy constant.

You will need to look at your dog and come up with a plan that you think will work for him. Puppies can be good helpers if you are concerned with aggression on their part (since they sometimes don't have the same thought process as more mature dogs) but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Keep in mind that most of the time the owner is the reason behind a dogs personality trails and therefore the owner need to change alongside.

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answered 2015-08-28 11:12:50 -0500

I think there may be two things working against you here - your dog's breed and the way you and her energy interact when introducing to other dogs. Dogs react to body language and posture as a first signal in establishing rank with one another or within a pack. Huskies as a breed have four very distinct 'dominant' body language/posture indicators that make them one of the most "attacked" breeds at dog parks - erect ears, direct eye contact, high/erect tail and erect coat. If, combine with any submissiveness on her part or non-assertive/non-alpha behavior on your part (aka your body language and energy is off), it can and does instigate a negative reaction from another dog or pack of dogs. I suggest you work with an experienced dog trainer who can teach you how to both project the right energy necessary for her to feel more confident and ways to go about introducing her to other dogs in a safe and positive manner.

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