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12-08-2013 09:57 AM
Baillif You can take a lesson from football and charge him penalty yards or "stoppages in play." He wants to the car so it acts as a functional reward. Forward movement towards the goal only occurs when it is done in a controlled manner. You want to avoid opposition reflex too so if he lunges you put upward leash pressure on him till he sits or downs. I tend to favor that over opposing him equally in the opposite direction and waiting for him to give in a little before I give in a lot, but either works when done right because there is a sort of built in aversive to lunging. There are a ton of ways to fix it really. I'm not even entirely sure which one I would pick given the situation.
12-08-2013 09:45 AM
mspiker03 I would also start working with impulse control. We are doing the same with Paisley when she goes herding - she will act like a lunatic before she gets to start. So, she must sit before entering the arena. If I start to open the gate and she gets up from a sit, gate closes and we try again. She must enter arena and sit again and if not we go back out. We then do some OB. And we continue until she has calmed down and then she can work. If at any point she has become too much - she goes back in her crate and we start over in about 15 min. I would try something similar with the door - he can't leave until he is calm.


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12-08-2013 09:39 AM
MaggieRoseLee I agree to start packing the pup in the car more frequently just for running quick errands. I do leave my girls in the car for brief trips into the store and they do fine.

Have you started up dog classes yet? GREAT way to fix this and teach your brilliant pup stuff you didn't know they could do. Good way to get some structured training in and socialization besides dog park.

Good luck!
12-08-2013 04:10 AM
xtramile
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if car meant dog park then of course the dog will get excited
That is so simple but so true and I dont know why I have not just started going in and out of the car 10 times a day yet.
12-08-2013 04:04 AM
boomer11 make it a training exercise. take him to the car, let him get in, sit for a few minutes, and then just take him back inside. same with dogs who bolt through doors. if you do it over and over and over the exercise will become boring for the dog and the dog wont get excited. if car meant dog park then of course the dog will get excited
12-08-2013 03:44 AM
xtramile Alright I think I got quite a few good points. Now to do it, easier said then done ha.
12-08-2013 03:41 AM
llombardo
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I thought of that,and I do want to take him on more errands. I just don't know if I feel comfortable leaving him in the car in potentially single digit temperatures, and in a city where property crime is pretty high.
I don't leave my dogs in the car, but I take them if I'm picking up food, getting gas, or running to the pet store. Small things where I'm in and out or they can come in with me. Make it a point, even if its a ride around the block.
12-08-2013 03:13 AM
xtramile I thought of that,and I do want to take him on more errands. I just don't know if I feel comfortable leaving him in the car in potentially single digit temperatures, and in a city where property crime is pretty high.
12-08-2013 03:07 AM
llombardo
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That would actually be ideal. We can play tug inside before though. I will have to try that! He really likes tug and it can bring him down a few pegs pretty quick.

No he does not pull at all after the park. I just don't know why he is so motivated to get to the car, once we get inside he will lay down and chew on a toy or something very calmly.
Because he knows he is going somewhere funYou could just take him for short car rides not to the dog park. Run to the gas station or drive thru. Throw him off a little, so he never knows when he's going to the dog park.
12-08-2013 02:57 AM
xtramile That would actually be ideal. We can play tug inside before though. I will have to try that! He really likes tug and it can bring him down a few pegs pretty quick.

No he does not pull at all after the park. I just don't know why he is so motivated to get to the car, once we get inside he will lay down and chew on a toy or something very calmly.
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