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07-19-2014 05:20 PM
Moriah
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Part of your being nervous is you know how hard it is to re-train a reactive dog. But...if you think about it, your pup didn't react this time. You've done a very good job so far! Give yourself some credit.
Thank you Lilie.

Just came from the park where a loose dog ran up to us with owners in pursuit. I stayed calm as the dog did not show signs of aggression. I just said to them, "you need to get you dog under control." Their dog came up to my boy and my sweetie was non reactive. They got their dog and I acted like nothing had happened.

This happy incident could not have happened without the members of this forum. I have read everything here I could about fear aggression and reactivity to other dogs.

The information here has helped me do the "right" thing in working with my boy!! He really came through today. I could weep with relief!!!
06-20-2014 06:57 PM
Lilie
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I need to rehearse what to do in MY MIND if a loose dog comes up to us on a walk.

Either way, I need to relax and follow through on my plan. If a loose aggressive dog comes up, I'll have to trust my instincts...
Part of your being nervous is you know how hard it is to re-train a reactive dog. But...if you think about it, your pup didn't react this time. You've done a very good job so far! Give yourself some credit.
06-20-2014 04:10 PM
misslesleedavis1 Yes well it is all dependant on what you want, you know your dog right! if you want the "pay no attention" then try the "leave it" command. If you want your fog to just be neutral and okay with dogs approaching you can do that by going to a training class and targeting the issues and working on them but if yyour dog is not reacting like a nutter to non agro approaching pups chances are your dogs is perfectly fine at reading social cues.

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06-20-2014 03:45 PM
Moriah
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Have you taught "leave it" I did this with shiggies when she barked at things thru the window. Food was miss shiggs motivation lol she would go off and I would distract her with cheese, she made the connection but now when people pass by she is up my ass looking gor a treat, that's shiggs tho . Maybe leave it and then make your activity way more exciting then greeting or fence fighting?

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My dog is very food and toy motivated.

I need to rehearse what to do in MY MIND if a loose dog comes up to us on a walk.

GSDSAR noted that it's best to be neutral as a handler and make no big deal about it and walk-on if the loose dog appears to show no threat and if my dog is relaxed.

Keeping in mind what you are saying, I need to be ready with food or toy if my dog is reactive, but dog shows no threat, so that I can keep my dog focused on me.

Either way, I need to relax and follow through on my plan. If a loose aggressive dog comes up, I'll have to trust my instincts...
06-20-2014 01:55 PM
misslesleedavis1 Have you taught "leave it" I did this with shiggies when she barked at things thru the window. Food was miss shiggs motivation lol she would go off and I would distract her with cheese, she made the connection but now when people pass by she is up my ass looking gor a treat, that's shiggs tho . Maybe leave it and then make your activity way more exciting then greeting or fence fighting?

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06-20-2014 01:08 PM
Moriah Good question. I want him to ignore people and other dogs in public.

I take him everywhere it's possible. I want him friendly and socialized to my friends. For instance, after my haircuts, my hair dresser always comes out to my truck and I get Simon out of the trunk for her to visit. He stays in the trunk at friends houses, but they always come out to visit before I leave. Simon waits well in his crate in my truck. We usually go to a park on the way home.

Simon is very friendly to adults, children, and babies. He's good with my three little dogs and two cats. My breeder really socializes her litters. She takes litters to a retirement center for the elderly to hold; they are socialized to horses, farm equipment, etc.

I live in a downtown area with full fencing--cedar in back and 4-ft chain link in front. Lots and lots of foot traffic goes by my house. Simon has been amazing. Since he came home at 9 weeks, he watches people, bicycles, skateboards, strollers, etc., go by without any response--except he stops playing and watches them until they pass the property.

I do not want him going to the fence and interacting with anyone. I've never had to train this. He does it automatically. He likes kids , but does not go to the fence. Since I have a lot of kids playing around my neighborhood, I don't want any trouble in the future with a child doing something "stupid" with my dog right there at the fence.

I am ALWAYS outside with Simon whether front or back yard. He has a very high prey drive and so we play a lot and he knows there is always more fun inside the fence than outside it.

He was very reactive to the American Bulldog next door. Fence aggression, barking, etc. The trainer really helped with this and I have spent hours with Simon on a lunge line playing with him and correcting inappropriate reactions to the bulldog with a prong collar. (Control Unleashed was not really helping, although I am continually working on those exercises--like rewarding default behaviors like sit and down, etc.)

The bulldog shows aggressive posturing (staring eyes while frozen with tail up), but he does not bark--he will do fence aggression big time, if my dog starts it. Simon has gotten much better with lowering his threshold, but I doubt these two males will ever be "friends."

Simon is a West German Showline with a lot of Kirschental bloodlines. I wanted him as a companion and as a deterrent as my neighborhood is not as secure as it used to be. I would like to do nose work with him so, of course, I would like him not reactive to other dogs in classes. My OB trainer gives private lessons and has years as a helper and very involved in SCH.
06-20-2014 12:18 PM
misslesleedavis1
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I think this is what my trainer wants, but I admit I've been pretty tense. I don't want to translate that to my dog.
What is the goal with your dog?

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06-20-2014 12:17 PM
Moriah I think this is what my trainer wants, but I admit I've been pretty tense. I don't want to translate that to my dog.
06-20-2014 10:25 AM
Galathiel I actually step in and prevent any meetings that I didn't initiate, friendly or not. My dog is wayyyy too into other dogs as it is and I'm working on indifference, not active interest.
06-20-2014 12:21 AM
Moriah
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Dogs are pretty steller at moving on from problems, we need to push them in the right direction and get the ball rolling most times but if we are confident and not doubtful it rubs off on them!

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I appreciate the encouragement!
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