|09-22-2013 10:50 PM|
Good advice from Madlab.
If you can, try to find an area where you can practice this, dogs nearby but where you can control how close you get to them.
When your dog notices the other dog, do something that will keep your dog's attention. That could be food, or it could be turning and walking the other direction. The dog will be surprised by hitting the end of the leash and will learn to focus on where you are more than other things out there.
|09-16-2013 03:44 PM|
I agree the lying down is an invitation to play, or a stalking position. She is getting ready to pounce on the oncoming dog or play with her.
Problem is some dogs don't like this approach. My female bullmastiff X doesn't like it at all and will raise her hackles to pass such a dog to warn them that she will not be stalked or played with unless she knows the dog.
Basically you need to snap the dog out of it or it may be annoying to you or other owners. Before she does it she has to see the dog and then get into the position so you need to be a step ahead and give as flick of the leash and not allow her go into the stalk pose.
If you are using a harness loose collar your going to find it difficult.
I would use a tight collar placed high on the neck under the dogs chin. Then you can control the head.
|09-16-2013 02:41 PM|
When she 'pancakes' she is telling the new dog "Com'on! Let's play!" (Unless she rolls over on her back, when she sees a new dog). Common puppy behavior.
If she were my pup, I'd want to teach her to ignore the new dog and continue with what ever we were doing before the new dog came along. If I was walking with her, I'd want her to remain walking. Etc.
If she is food driven, take treats with you. The moment she begins to focus on the new dog, tell her to "Leave it" and put the treat in front of her as YOU continue to walk. Don't stop. Give her the treat as she follows the lure. Get another one and repeat till you pass the new dog. Important thing is you don't stop walking and you don't drag your pup. Use what you can to lure her focus back to you and the job at hand.
|09-16-2013 02:00 PM|
Pancaking during walks
Hey everyone. I'm new. Already did an intro thingy. I expected to be a lot more active on this forum but my Pom recently passed and I haven't really been in the mood. And to all those who asked to see pics of Ava I uploaded a few not sure how to put them in a post just yet but ill get around to it.
Anyway Ava isn't that great on the leash yet but working at the shelter I've experienced WAY worse. The one thing I really do not know how to handle is when she lays down during our walks and won't budge.
It's always when there is another dog approaching. I read dogs do this when they don't want to be perceived as a threat. So it's actually a friendly thing for her to do I guess. Once the other dog approaches her , she then gets up n sniffs and usually tries to play with them (her form of play is throwing her paws up at the other dog...we'll save that for another post lol) and usually everything is fine. Aside from the normal puppy over excitement that she quickly recovers from if we keep walking.
My question is what do I do to stop her from becoming a 58lb pancake on the ground when I'm walking her? I don't always WANT to stop and let her play with every dog we see and likewise not everyone wants my dogs paws flying in their dogs face. It's just very annoying and as hard as I try not to get frustrated with her I usually end up dragging her away. She made me look especially stupid when I had an altercation with another dog walker yesterday and I was done telling him off and wanted to continue on my way and my dog is frozen on the floor like an idiot. Lml.
It's also annoying (and potentially dangerous) when I am biking with her and she does it. Usually we are in "move mode" enough that she will only visually fixate and maybe crouch a little but somedays it's full pancake to the ground and I'm forced to stop the bike wherever we're at.
She knows the command "leave it" and "focus" it works on our cat and even on squirrels and birds ! But not at all with other dogs. It's like I'm talking to a wall.