The other day i went out with Sammy. Apparently it was also the same time that my neighbour was headed out with his pit bull. Sammy is used to barking excessively whenever he sees other dogs. He'll try to get off the leash until i calm him down. So it was pretty much the same only that this time the pit bull reacted and almost got to him. I managed to get him away unscathed but now it seems he was really affected. He's hiding whenever he sees or hears a dog around and i do not know how to correct this behaviour. I need help.
it's not a behaviour to "correct" but a fear to "help him overcome". but to be fair except him to be friendly with an off leash pit bull that almost attacked him and bark at him all the time is likely not going to happen.
hold old is sammy and how long have you had him? was he socialized at all?
Sammy is two now. We got him from a rescue center when he was 8 months, so clearly we thought he had been properly socialized by then. We did not have much knowledge on dogs then although our parents kept dogs. Again, we never had this sort of problem until now.