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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-02-2014, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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4 month old + leash reactive = broken finger

This is absolutely probably a one in a million chance for it to have happened. My 42 pound 4 month old saw a dog and began to bark with hackles raised so the owner of the little dog turned around and began to jog in the opposite direction. Most people will give us space and walk to the other side of the street, why this guy started running I have NO idea. This got Atti's prey drive going and his leash somehow got wrapped around one of my fingers and next thing I know, he tried to take off after them, got to the end of his leash and voilá I have a broken finger.

I've been around horses my whole life and have gotten plenty of broken bones and fingers but this one was something else. Holy crap it hurt! The whole thing is black and blue. There wasn't anything different with the way I hold his leash or where we walk, it was just complete chance.

End of story, is there any way to help a leash reactive puppy? We're starting with a trainer next month, would have started earlier but life got in the way. He's got his sit and down perfectly at home and at the park with some distractions. Stay is hit and miss at home (So excited for getting help with trainer). His prey drive is also something I've never had experience with with any other dog, so maybe it's a shepherd trait but if anything moves, and I mean ANYTHING, he's going after it. Whether it be a car, a leaf, a moth, smoke even, all his focus is on the moving object and nothing else in the world matters. Is that normal for the breed or this age?

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