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crouching as other dogs approach 08 Sep 2012 05:35 #6551

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10 month old male is well socialised enjoys the company of most other dogs. When we are approaching other dogs on the beach or out walking he regularly crouches down and wont move either until i drag him up or the other dog is up to him. There is no aggression involved though, he is still very playful and bouncy in the company of other dogs. Can anyone shed any light on this trait, is it normal, how can we stop it?
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Re: crouching as other dogs approach 08 Sep 2012 09:57 #6552

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in my opinion i reckon this is a sign of him submitting to the other dogs ,i find oskar does this quite regular with bigger dogs .if its not causing a serious issue leave him be has he been neutered?

Re: crouching as other dogs approach 08 Sep 2012 11:57 #6553

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I think that’s a sign of insecurity, I have found from my Hachi that the breed is VERY sensitive to experiences, especially in puppyhood (all dogs are). Has he been attacked? How long since he started the crouching? And like tigger asked, has he been recently neutered?
If I was you, I would find a friend or relative with an outgoing yet balanced adult dog and consider some sleepovers or long exposures and socialising time, I still when I take Hachi with his 8YO rotti friend for walks attach Hachi's lead to the collar of the well-trained and well-behaved rottweiler.
I would definitely deal with this as i think it may well turn into insecure aggression as he develops and grows.

Re: crouching as other dogs approach 08 Sep 2012 22:56 #6556

I got my Asia when she was 2 years old and she'd do the crouching thing, mainly when she was with my husband Brian because he took her to parks where there was a few other dogs around, she would always crouch when another dog approached, but it was more of a play thing, she would crouch and then dive at the other dog and slap it about a bit, she was a very rough player but Brian treated it by just getting her under control and only allowing her to play when she was behaving, she did it mainly to staffies, she loves staffies She doesn't do it at all now so hopefully your young boy will grow out of it but I think the suggestion of even more socialising with other dogs will help a lot because he'll soon begin to learn the right approach to play perhaps some basic training classes will help him
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Re: crouching as other dogs approach 09 Sep 2012 14:36 #6561

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Thanks for the replies, it does appear to be a play issue, he does dive at other dogs once they have approached he thinks it's his god given right that all dogs are to be played with. I was wondering if there was something in the breed that brought out this behaviour.

Re: crouching as other dogs approach 01 Sep 2013 07:36 #9191

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Our Yuki does this, crouches down, lets the other dog come and play and then beat it up. We now try not to take her near other dogs if at all possible and we never let her off the lead when other dogs are about.
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