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12-16-2012 11:55 AM
shawnjanes I look forward to trying it today with her in the lead. We'll start with just the two of us, add in a second set, and then the third. I'll let you know how it goes. ::fingers-crossed::
12-16-2012 12:37 AM
Midnight12 My last girl was a pretty good walker but with othert dogs or kids, she had to have the lead and that always worked for us.
12-15-2012 10:14 PM
shawnjanes Good question Mary Beth, I'll try that with her tomorrow. Her spazzing kind of caught me off guard, therefore, wrapped up our "walk." It's definitely worth a shot. I'll let you know!
12-15-2012 09:34 PM
Mary Beth Will she do better if she can be in the lead, instead of bringing up the rear?
12-15-2012 08:33 PM
Cassidy's Mom Good luck! It's great that she has no leash reactivity to strange dogs, this definitely sounds more like a 'doesn't want to be separated from the pack' thing.
12-15-2012 08:11 PM
shawnjanes One-on-one is VERY smooth. She heels and auto-sits perfectly. Taking her out around other dogs hasn't been an issue. That's why walking her with our dogs and seeing her act the way she did is confusing to me.

I'll try your suggestion of working with her in the presence of one of our other dogs.

I appreciate your suggestions.

12-15-2012 08:04 PM
Cassidy's Mom Well for starters, each dog individually should have impeccable leash skills. Obviously, that alone is not enough, but if Reagan doesn't walk perfectly when it's just the two of you, I'd start there. I guess my next step would be to work with her and one other dog at a time before attempting it with the whole crew. You've only had her for 2 weeks, give her some one on one time with you to build a relationship.
12-15-2012 07:57 PM
shawnjanes That makes sense. The other dogs are not acting out in this way, which I selfishly envy. We have a pretty large family and the other dogs are assigned to other family members. My son's 10 month old lab did a better job today than Reagan.

Do you know if there is a way I can work on this with Reagan? Am I expecting too much too early in our relationship?

12-15-2012 07:52 PM
Cassidy's Mom Yes and no. Both of them can be a bit leash reactive around other dogs, but I can usually prevent reactions if the approaching dog is neutral - by telling mine "leave it", or distracting or engaging them in some way. If the other dog is not well controlled and giving my dog the stink eye, or is barking or lunging towards them, mine will sometimes react to that energy.

But what I'm talking about is that Halo especially has to be with Keefer when my husband and I have them on leash together, if he's more than a few inches away she'll whine and pull towards him, and she MUST be in the lead. She also likes to jump on his head while we're walking. The two of them are pretty much as thick as thieves.

I think part of the reason, perhaps a big part, that they get so excited on leash together is that it usually means we're going to the park, a much anticipated fun event - the highlight of their lives. They get amped up and then feed off each other's excitement. It's completely different with just me and one dog, they're totally calm and quiet, but when I leash up and put one of them in the car, the expectation is a nice peaceful walk on trails at a nearby lake, not charging around like mad things, competing with each other to see who can get the ball first.
12-15-2012 07:39 PM
shawnjanes Hi Debbie,

Thank you for the reply. Are you saying they do this since they are familiar with each other, but if you were walking them independently and see another dog they do not?

I apologize for the novice questions. I'm just trying to understand. It really made the walk a pain.

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