Puppy reactive

  • Puppy reactive

    Posted by Mariana on January 7, 2022 at 8:50 AM


    My 6 months mali puppy is just friendly with strangers if they have a dog with them, if the person is without a dog, he tries to nip and sometime barks and lunges…Why that? ps.We already hired a professional trainer to work with us =)

    Mariana replied 2 years, 3 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Ed

    January 7, 2022 at 11:10 AM

    Hard to tell without seeing it. It could be him just trying to engage, perhaps with a bit of frustration added, or it could be that he is a bit more suspicious of people. I would make sure that the trainer is familiar with the breed and not someone that is going to try to fix something that is not broken… and potentially get things down a bad path. From the brief description it sounds like there is nothing terribly wrong. If the thought is that work is needed on the relationship, the recommendation typically more structure and a more regimented routine for the dog. If the thought is that the dog is over suspicious, the recommendation maybe to desensitize through controlled exposure to more socialization (“people watching” not “people engaging”). Again, hard to tell. Keep us posted!!

    • Mariana

      January 7, 2022 at 2:59 PM

      Thank you Ed,

      I made sure that the trainer has experience with Malinois =)

      We live in a big town, with a lot people around,cars, bikes, noises… Maybe he gets overwhelmed… Ive been working on his socialization (people watching/Positive reinforcement) but he is getting better so slowly, I think I am missing someting.

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