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Why is your Golden Retriever afraid of other dogs?

Why is your Golden Retriever afraid of other dogs?

If your Golden Retriever is afraid of other dogs, you might be wondering why and what you can do about it. There are actually a number of possible reasons why it might be doing it and it could be due to a combination of them. However, there are a number of things you can do about it and there are some things you can consider when trying to figure out the main cause.

It didn’t get to socialize as a puppy

The reason why your Golden Retriever is afraid of other dogs could be that it did not get to socialize with them as a puppy. When Golden Retrievers are puppies they will learn a lot about who to trust and who not to trust. If it did not meet many other dogs then it will not have had the opportunity to learn to trust them.

In this case, it would help to let it socialize with other friendly dogs whenever possible. It would also help to employ the other tips that will be mentioned below.

It was mistreated by other dogs

The reason could be that other dogs were aggressive towards it. This would be especially likely if you know that other dogs were aggressive towards it while it was still a puppy.

In this case, it would also help to socialize it with friendly dogs when possible and to give it positive reinforcement and desensitization training as well.

Nature

It might be the case that your Golden Retriever is naturally not very trusting of other dogs. This would be more likely if it has always been afraid of them and it didn’t start being afraid suddenly.

In this case, it would help to give it positive reinforcement training, desensitization training, and to avoid rewarding it when it shows signs of being afraid.