Although dogs are social creatures, they still need to be taught how to interact and play with each other using good manners and appropriate behavior. Some dogs in the refuge have likely never met or played with another dog and can overreact when they see a new dog. These dogs may display behavior such as barking, growling, lunging, snapping or even biting when approaching a new dog. All foster dogs MUST be walked on a lead.
All dogs are tested for dog reactivity when they come into the refuge, however, if a dog is stressed they will react differently. As a result, a dog may be considered dog social in the refuge but become reactive once they settle into a home or be reactive at the refuge but much more social once in a home.
Reactivity can be very confronting for carers, but can be helped with training and education. Refuge staff will provide advice in relation to this.