Hi, I have a 7 month old male and a few months ago he started barking and lunging at dogs when on leash. He also barks and lunges at some people and almost all kids.
I changed 2 trainers and they all teach me how to jerk the collar. I was jerking for a month and it was only getting worse. I now have a plastic prong collar on him and I know it hurts him yet when he gets into this state of lunging and barking he feels no pain and doesn't react to anything.
So in the last few weeks I've been avoiding everyone, if I'm walking and I see a dog I make a u-turn, if it's a person - I cross the street (it seems like people only set him off when they're close. Some people say he is protecting me but to me it looks more like he's scared. Besides from what I know a dog won't protect without special training though we'd like to think he would).
I'm afraid I brought this on him. When he was smaller and I was stupider I let him get pretty rough with other dogs. I assumed all dog owners know what they're talking about and trusted their opinion that the dogs should "work it out". So I'm afraid at this point he doesn't trust that I will protect him and feels like he has to protect himself. I don't let anyone dominate him or be rough with him now.
Can this be fixed? I will do what it takes and as long as it takes.
A few more things. Usually when he starts going crazy the hair on his back stand. If I let him go to the dog instead of pulling him away - he won't bite, he runs up to the dog and sniffs and wags his tail.
But I'm sure if I let this go he will bite at some point.
A few more behaviors that puzzle me.
It's just my daughter and I as his owners. If one of us leaves the house and the other stays home - all is well. If we both go outside and separate outside he will go crazy. He will yelp and lunge and will try to get to the person that's leaving. One time she left while i stayed at the park, I put him on leash, waited 5 mins after she left and thinking he forgot already let him loose. He ran out of the park, crossed 2 streets and then I caught him. He ran a good distance.
What the ????
He also has separation anxiety and is extremely attached to me (doesnt leave my side, bathroom and all) but reading the posts here this seems to be a norm with everyone.
I have more questions about things he does but don't want to dump them all at once.
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