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Post Posted: May 16, 2013 10:42 am 
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Hi Nathalie,
We've spoken and met before - my puppy Pippy is almost 1 yr old now and attended your puppy class a while back. She's a cattle dog mix of some sort, possibly shepherd. She dropped out of puppy class because she got pretty car sick. That issue is starting to resolve itself as she gets older.
My question is about "leash aggression". She barks and barks , hackles up, lunging forward when she's on a leash and encounters other dogs on walks. If she's off leash, for instance at Evergreen dog park on the trails, and we encounter another dog she's very friendly and happy. This behavior is only when she's leashed. Do you have any advice on how we can help her out with her fear or leash aggression? We live in a rural area but will be seeing many more folks out and about while on our walks as the weather warms.


Because of the fact she is okay with dogs when off leash her behavior on leash is a result of frustration of not getting to run up and interact right away. As the frustration builds it appears she is becoming aggressive because she lunges, her bark becomes more growls, and she shows her hackles. To start you will need to work on getting her attention, having her look at you and sitting calmly for short periods in several areas on your walk. Have food or treats she really likes ( do mean REALLY LIKES) and be prepared when there is an opportunity for confrontation. As soon as you see the other dogs and people, and before she reacts stop her and tell her to sit then tell her to look at you and use the food to redirect her. If she wants to look at the other dog that is okay as long as she sits. Feed her as the other dog gets closer and when the other dog passes you continue to feed her, when they have gone by resume your walk. What is most important is you wait until she is calm to resume walking. Practice this even when there is no distractions and mild distractions she doesn't have big reactions too. Honestly the whole process takes a while and is much more detailed and I would love to help you get her listening you and showing some self control.

If you are interested in starting another class I have a novice obedience class starting at Buster's this Saturday at 11am. There are 3 other dogs, and because the weather is nice we will be going outside too. I know we can take care of this issue in short order. Or if you feel she is still not ready for the car ride, I also provide private lessons.

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Oh, this makes sense...ok I'll start working on this. Do you have any weekday obedience classes?


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Hi Natalie,
I have a one year old dog, robbie, who just loves other dogs, but he does not play well with them. He gets very physical when he plays and always attempts to bite and the other dog's neck or legs. I am currently dog sitting for my parents two year old dog, Jackie. When Robbie is not sleeping, he is attacking Jackie. She is a very gentle dog, but she will fight back. I think she enjoys the wrestling most of the time, but sometimes I can tell that she has had enough. I do not think Robbie is being aggressive, I just think he wants to play all the time. We walk the dog twice a day, usually a mile in the morning and two in evening. I have two concerns, the first is that even though he is just playing I worry that he will accidentally injure himself or Jackie with his physical play, and second it is very tiresome to be around two dogs who are wrestling all the time. Do you have any suggestions on how to get Robbie to let up on the playing/wrestling? Thank you very much.


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Oh, this makes sense...ok I'll start working on this. Do you have any weekday obedience classes?


Of Course, I will have another Novice Obedience Class starting on Thursday nights in a couple of weeks. Just call Buster's and ask them to get on the list. They will call you when we nail down a date. :multi:

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Hi Natalie,
I have a one year old dog, robbie, who just loves other dogs, but he does not play well with them. He gets very physical when he plays and always attempts to bite and the other dog's neck or legs. I am currently dog sitting for my parents two year old dog, Jackie. When Robbie is not sleeping, he is attacking Jackie. She is a very gentle dog, but she will fight back. I think she enjoys the wrestling most of the time, but sometimes I can tell that she has had enough. I do not think Robbie is being aggressive, I just think he wants to play all the time. We walk the dog twice a day, usually a mile in the morning and two in evening. I have two concerns, the first is that even though he is just playing I worry that he will accidentally injure himself or Jackie with his physical play, and second it is very tiresome to be around two dogs who are wrestling all the time. Do you have any suggestions on how to get Robbie to let up on the playing/wrestling? Thank you very much.



Most dogs need to be taught how to calm down. They get overstimulated and then they don't know what to do about it. You will have to interrupt the play for some "time outs" and work on Robbie with "settle". Start with working with him when the other dog is not in the house, tell him to "down" and reward him in the down with a few treats, then "free" him. Make sure he gets up ( I will throw the treat off to the side ), call him back and repeat. Get him waiting for the release command "free" and ask for longer and longer "down". Continue to reward him while he is in the "down" ( I drop the treat to them on the floor between their front paws). Once he has it pretty good, bring in Jackie. When play gets rough, break them up and tell him to "down", reward him in the down for a few seconds then free him. Continue the trend until he stops the play on his own and lays down. Then praise and reward with lavish amounts of love and treats. You may have to put a leash on him to start, just so he can't take off at first.

Remember to notice and reward any time he lays down and settles on his own. Teaching self control to a young dog takes time and can not be forced if you want it to stick. He has to want to do it himself and feel like it was his idea too. If you make a big deal about the good choices he makes, he will want to continue making good choices and seek your leadership as a result.

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Thank you very much for the excellent advice. I will work on settle with him this weekend.


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Hi,

We have two yellow labs - Mom (12 1/2) and daughter (10). Recently the mom has been growling /showing her teeth to my 15 year old daughter when she tries to pet her (nothing to do with food or toys). My daughter loves the dogs and I'm very certain she has never done anything to make them fear her. I think the mom dog is just getting old and cranky. She is in good health for her age and seems happy otherwise. I'm the main caretaker / feeder etc. for the dogs and the mom never does this with me. The mom dog has been a bit headstrong in the past whereas her daughter dog is the sweetest dog. I've been present when the mom dog has showed her teeth to my daughter and have scolded the dog sternly. I've suggested that my daughter just steer clear for now, but wanted to see what you think.

My daughter got bit in the mouth by a pit bull earlier this year(unprovoked) which required plastic surgery (general anesthesia / operating room) and I'm wondering if my daughter is actually giving off some fearful vibes when dealing with our own dogs. She mentioned that the pit bull bite has made her nervous around dogs.

Just wondering what your thoughts are and what I should do about this. We do have a training shock collar that we never use. Thank you for reading.


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We have two yellow labs - Mom (12 1/2) and daughter (10). Recently the mom has been growling /showing her teeth to my 15 year old daughter when she tries to pet her (nothing to do with food or toys). My daughter loves the dogs and I'm very certain she has never done anything to make them fear her. I think the mom dog is just getting old and cranky. She is in good health for her age and seems happy otherwise. I'm the main caretaker / feeder etc. for the dogs and the mom never does this with me. The mom dog has been a bit headstrong in the past whereas her daughter dog is the sweetest dog. I've been present when the mom dog has showed her teeth to my daughter and have scolded the dog sternly. I've suggested that my daughter just steer clear for now, but wanted to see what you think.

My daughter got bit in the mouth by a pit bull earlier this year(unprovoked) which required plastic surgery (general anesthesia / operating room) and I'm wondering if my daughter is actually giving off some fearful vibes when dealing with our own dogs. She mentioned that the pit bull bite has made her nervous around dogs.

Just wondering what your thoughts are and what I should do about this. We do have a training shock collar that we never use. Thank you for reading.


Macali,

This makes me nervous too. Is your dog on any pain medications for arthritis? It is highly likely she is in some level of pain and may be less tolerant of your daughter touching her then you. Also, if your daughter is experiencing fear as a result of her PTS from the dog bite your dog may see that as an opportunity to give herself more space by growling and showing teeth to tell your daughter to go away. There can be a few reasons a 12 1/2 year old dog would start responding in this way, pain, dementia, illness just to start. A trip to the vet to look at blood work and consider treatment for pain would be a good start, then I would take a look at behavioral issues.

The shock collar is NOT anything I would suggest to deal with the issue. I would start by having your Daughter be the caretaker of the dogs, she should be feeding them and maybe taking them out for a romp in the yard, send her with some treats to feed and have her just be in a more relaxed situation with them. Tell her that she can offer the older dog a treat a few times then try to pet her. If the older dog growls she needs to walk a way with out feeding her. Put your daughter in a position of importance with the dogs.

Let me know how it works out.

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Thank you, everyone. I think I will give this training thing a shot to stop him marking. It sounds like a great idea, especially with you all agreeing on this issue ;) It's not for life, after all - hopefully.

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