|04-03-2014 02:19 PM|
The advice given “walk your dog where it’s safe and there aren’t any loose dogs” is logical, but not always realistic. I have tried so many times to find a safe place to walk my dog, and always there are surprises. I am certain that the reason she is still dog aggressive (but only to off-leash dogs, at this point) is because I have been completely unable to control her environment. I have tried the wilderness, I have tried busy downtown areas, I have tried quiet neighborhoods, parks, hospital complexes, you name it. There is always some jag off who thinks their dog doesn’t “need” a leash because they’re a “good dog.” Just last night we had a lovely walk in what I thought was a safe area, and encountered a loose hound in a parking lot on the way back.
I also think it’s very rude to assume that just because we don’t all have lightning quick reflexes and don’t carry a glock that we’re a bunch of desexed ninnies. I have jumped in front of my dog yelling and waving my arms and throwing rocks to keep charging dogs away from her. There are many situations where this will not help: if there are two dogs, if the dog comes silently from behind, if the dog comes out of a vehicle. You may think that this is out of the ordinary, but all of these things have happened to me.
All you can really do is the best you can. It’s not your fault and you’re not a coward for experiencing a bad situation due to other people’s lack of good judgment. Now that you know it’s a problem, life is going to be different from what you had hoped. Sad, but true. Hopefully you can find your dog’s strengths and focus on exercising those. You said he was good with people- maybe that is something you can work to your advantage. There won’t be as many loose dogs in areas where it is truly crowded.
I do think that joining a training club is an excellent idea. Training has been the best thing that ever happened to us and it is usually more than enough mental stimulation to suffice. We joined a tracking group because it allowed us to be outdoors. This is an excellent sport for reactive dogs. You will have the opportunity to work alone, and you will also have a supportive team of people to watch the area for loose dogs and alert you to potential problems. I have actually chased loose dogs away for other people so that their sessions would not be disturbed. A bonus is that my dog now understands that dogs who are leashed are not a threat. She has gone from barking and lunging at any dog that came within 20 ft of her to being able to walk in a group with other dogs and doing distance down-stays in a room with other dogs in class. There is something to the “walking is not all it’s cracked up to be” sentiment. If you can find safe, convenient ways to get in exercise and training besides going for walks, I would do that. Walks are great but they are not great if they aren’t safe.
|04-03-2014 02:03 PM|
Your dog is still very new to you, but I think over time and with the help of the trainer, you will learn to be more assertive which might prevent some of these dogs irritating you.
|04-03-2014 01:54 PM|
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|04-03-2014 01:45 PM|
|Blanketback||You're very lucky to have this great dog! Darn it all, you missed the landshark phase|
|04-03-2014 01:42 PM|
Not only will the DA be addressed, I've asked for help on loose leash walking.
Other than that, he's a dream to have. He doesn't jump, doesn't bark, doesn't get on furniture or counter surf, not food or toy possesive.
|04-03-2014 01:35 PM|
|Blanketback||I feel bad that you have so many thoughtless owners around you. Good luck with the trainers, that should really help. Do they have their own dog to assist with this? Because it will be Murphy's Law that no dogs are out there when they show up, don't you just know it, lol.|
|04-03-2014 01:31 PM|
No harm in seeking help and yes train you and the dogie! Let Us know how it goes. And yes some owners are just flat out A Holes!
Now imagine a whole dog park full of them!
|04-03-2014 01:25 PM|
Last night's walk wasn't so great. We came across a small yappy dog that kept lunging and snarling our way while it's owner just laughed at how cute it was that it wanted to play with the big dog.
Our dog went stupid, and hubby littleraly had to walk him on his tip toes past yappy lunging dog. We couldn't distract him with anything, and he was no longer listening to any type of command.
I've talked to several trainers today over the phone and explained our situation. I found one that I really liked! It's a duo trainer team, one to train the dog, and the other to train us. They have an unlimited number of training sessions for one flat fee, and also have a satisfaction guaruntee.
They come to OUR house, and other places (ie: walks and the forrest) to work on our issues.
Both are certified trainers and behavioral therapists. I'm looking forward to starting our training, because this certainly needs to be corrected before it gets any worse.
|04-02-2014 04:53 PM|
Just a relaxing walk in the neighborhood.
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