|09-13-2013 10:48 PM|
|Mary Beth||Good news is that he did come back when you called him and did not attack your dad. For the car, I would either crate him in the car if there is enough room or get a seat belt harness so he can be restrained when you are driving. This is a different type of harness than the gentle leader harness which cannot be used for restraint. Then start the training. Park in busy area and sit in the back with him at first. There are several threads on this and I do recall some of the suggestions was to use a spray bottle of water when the dog acted up, treating the dog when the dog was quiet - even just for a second so as to reward the good behavior. For the walking, he needs to focus on you and also not be allowed to lunge. If you look at it from your dog's point of view, when he is out for a walk - he is on a hunting expedition. Your dog is young - he sees something to lunge at or run after- he does unless you have him under control. So I suggest, you keep him fairly close in the heel position - the gentle leader harness that you use will help with this - leash in both hands - when you see someone approach - turn - even if you have to bump into your dog - when he follows - praise and reward. Then in a quiet area - let him he go "easy" on a loose leash and sniff and potty. He needs also an outlet for that prey drive and he needs to associate you with fulfilling that prey drive. Play tug with him - and after a good struggle - let him win - praise him - reward him when he brings the tug to you. He needs to bite down - he needs to "hunt". As you give him an outlet for that prey drive and keep his attention on walks, and work on the car manners, his behavior will improve.|
|09-13-2013 10:17 PM|
People agression, I need help ASAP!
I need help, I have a 10 month old male GSD. Little history got him at 8 weeks old, got him in puppy classes at 12 weeks, very intelligent and loves to play. He wasn't socialized as much as she should of due to getting him in middle of winter, we have very harsh winters but we brought him everywherea we went, would bring him to local parks/trails, would bring him to pet smart etc, At around 7 months old he started showing signs of agression just by his posture but was able to bring him everywhere, in the car, walks etc. Now in the car everytime he sees someone walking or they are parked next to us and they get out of the car he goes bezerk, barking, growling, so bad he broke my rear view mirror, also now when we go walking, everytime we pass someone he tries to lunge at them. He goes to a off leash dog park 3 times a week, never showed sign of agression towards any dog or people? I need help, tonight he escaped out of the car and went after my dad, I called him and he ran back inside the car, he didn't have the chance to bite but i'm scared if I didn't intervene as quickly he would of. I got a trainer all she said is to let him do his fit and reward when calm, well I don't think it's sufficient enough, it's not improving at all.
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