Treatment Name: Social Enrichment

Treatment Type: Lifestyle Practices

Rated for: Chinese Shar-Pei Mix

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She gets by with a little help from her friends




San Diego, California, United States

Posted Jun. 9, 2018

When I adopted my dog, she had come from a situation in which several dogs were kept in cramped and unhealthy conditions. She was actually in the cage with another dog at the shelter, so I knew she was capable of being social.

When we brought her to her new home, every walk presented challenged. Whenever she saw any dog, regardless of size or demeanor, she panicked. She cowered on the sidewalk, hid behind me, and generally wanted nothing to do with the other animals. The scariest thing was that sometimes she even froze in the middle of the street, forcing me to nudge or even pick her up to get her out of the road. (She's 55 pounds.)

When we moved to the big city, avoiding other dogs was no longer an option. Our apartment complex and the city itself are full of canines. Luckily, one of my neighbors noticed my dogs demeanor and had the perfect dog friend for her. This dog was small, docile, and shy. We started taking them on walks together and doing dog playdates for them. It's been great to see both dogs interacting in a positive manner. Though my dog may not ever feel good in a dog park, she can now walk down the street with confidence.

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