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Old 31.01.2020, 08:46
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Re: Dog Socialization a Real Problem in (Central?) Switzerland

I lived 6 years in Aegeri, two dogs in that time, one old lady and on her passing a young puppy then teen. We walked daily, probably over the same ground as the OP and I do not recognise the problems she is encountering, maybe things have changed a lot in the 2 years since we left?

I would say that, yes, a lot of the dogs are not seen often off leash, some were reactive, but not when you follow the unstated rules. Call your dog back on seeing another, on or off leash, put your dog on leash, and as you approach in a calm and in control manner, ask whether the other dog might be interested in playing.

My old girl, from your perspective, might have seemed aggressive and unsocialised as she became reactive to other dogs she did not know or trust. This is far from the truth, we spent her first 6 years at dog school, both as pupils and then assistant trainers, she was very sociable and played perfectly with big, small, quiet and energetic dogs. The problem in later life was her back and pain, she became unable to “play” without causing herself pain. She therefore used her voice to keep other dogs away, a form of self defence. The local dog owners knew her, knew her problem and respected her space, keeping there dogs at a distance. We did walk, off leash, with a few but they were all in the same boat.

My young puppy played with anyone willing, but we asked first, we got to know the other owners, some new to the area and others from when we had our old girl. Some were happy to allow play, others not, but they had their reasons and we respected it.

OP if you can just get to know some of the others, walk the Schützen circuit with them, keep your boisterous boy on lead a bit, build up some trust with the other owners that you do have a lovely, friendly boy and not a hooligan then you may, just may, find things get better. I hope so, there are some lovely walks in the area.
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