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    my 2 labs love just about everyone and everything. new dogs are never a problem b/c the were socialized when they were puppies

    by friend has a yellow lab that is scared of everything it seems

    Well we want to get them together to play. Any tips? I know our dogs will be excited to see someone new to play with, but i worry about my friends dog being scared and might turn out bad?

    Whats a good way for his dog to meet our dogs and get them together

    I suggested we meet at a neutral sight, where all dogs have never been before.....and then slowly bring them toward eachother

    any suggestions would be nice


    his dog has never shown aggression ever...just really really shy!....

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    It's very unusual for any Lab to be "really really shy". Is he/she a rescue? Has been abused? It's good to try to socialize this dog and work on making him less fearful of everything. I would go very slow; many short get-togethers and don't force the issue. When I adopted my Duke, he too was afraid of everything. I'm sure that being with two stable Labs, Mitzi and Judy, is what eventually helped him but it took months for him to feel safe, years for him to feel confident.

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    not, not a rescue, He got her when she was a pup, maybe 8-9 weeks old

    The thing is that dog is now about 2 years old. They never take it out of the house. Just stays inside or the backyard.

    Never met another dog, he told me last week they took her to the vet, they had to have 3 people hold her down b/c she was so scared.

    I go there to visit and the dog barks non stop (which i understand) but will run away if i ever try to pet it.

    I think we will try and slight meet and greet and see how it goes

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    That is so very sad for the poor dog. She totally got ZERO socialisation. It is going to take time and patience to get her to recover for that severe lack in her past and she will never to a happy go lucky lab in public. I hope your friend learned a very very valuable lesson here.

    Honestly, she needs to meet calm dogs first. If you know your dogs are nuts then you need to work up to your dogs. Find calm dogs that sniff and move away to make intros good. dogs with good dog-dog manners.

    IF you do insist on having your dogs meet her soon, start with ONE at a time. NOT both. Keep your dog on leash, leave her off leash. Make your dog calm down. Even if it takes 10 minutes of working with them. DO NOT let your dog overwhelm and jump around/on/rush her. Heck, the first visit you may never leave your dog on leash, just have her get used to having a dog in the same space without her being pushed too far.

    Baby steps. Baby steps.
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    Great advice. I would also suggest maybe just going for walks together and not forcing them together. That way they are together but are not forced into any situations and can get to know each other better before going off leash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by citronella View Post
    Great advice. I would also suggest maybe just going for walks together and not forcing them together. That way they are together but are not forced into any situations and can get to know each other better before going off leash.
    excellent idea.

    you want her to get used to having dogs in the same space (large space first) without being FORCED to interact.
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    i was thinking of meeting at a local school ball diamond
    fence all the way around...if they get along well we can let them go and they will be inclosed

    a ball diamond is plenty big i would assume...but yes we will go with a leash visit first

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