|02-10-2014 01:32 PM|
Not saying "training tools" are of no value, but I am saying they are "very" easy to abuse by first time users!
|02-10-2014 12:58 PM|
|02-10-2014 12:55 PM|
there is going to be so much finesse necessary in this counter conditioning --- break down into the smallest of expectations , reward , release from control, but not off leash , start up again . Eventually the dog will find safety and comfort , reward , on leash . Give the dog some coping skills . Produce a good dog to handler empathetic relationship . Still the environment needs to be controlled - out of the zone where a trigger can tip the dog into that zone where the handler is blocked out . Might mean finding times and areas where there is no distraction , particularly dogs .
Is the issue with the leash one of constraint --close to handler -- and would you get the same result if the dog were on a lunge line , tracking line that is 20 feet. You did say the dog was okay off lead -- so what about a longer lead and effect control , recalls, distance control through that ?
One of the essences of herding dogs and GSD in particular is a sensitivity to the human , handler -- very aware -- so you are going to have to help the dog by being the relaxed model , as best as you can .
|02-10-2014 12:25 PM|
|Msmaria||In my very unprofessional opinion I wouldnt use any corrective collars without having a trainer look at him. Having a soft fearful dog is different from having a fearful dog.|
|02-10-2014 04:14 AM|
sounds like it is genetic . "And she displayed her reaction to other dogs at a very early age (8 weeks, 10 weeks, etc "
have you considered Rescue remedy to calm her down ? What Is Rescue Remedy Pet | Bach Rescue Remedy Pet
|02-09-2014 11:36 PM|
I am not a fan of prong collars and have never even considered an e collar. I would rather her become confident with the leash, then rely on some other device. So we will see how she does.
|02-09-2014 11:30 PM|
I can also say that I think she has pretty much been kind of 'unsure' or scared since we first brought her home. So I am not sure if the breeders were too hard on her because they started to train the pups before we took her home. So it something we have been dealing with from day one. But maybe just starting fresh and going through all of the socializing and loose leash walking would be the best solution at this point. Thank you again for your feedback. I just feel super frustrated and I love my dogs and consider them part of my family, so I get a bit defensive.
|02-09-2014 11:02 PM|
I've a leash reactive dog based in fear and she's trained on ecollar and prong. Both have been great tools. She's not punished for lashing out in fear but for breaking a heel or a command. I'm not suggesting the OP to do this because I don't know her dog but to share that these tools can help some fearful dogs contrary to what some may believe.
Having a fearful dog myself I know how tricky it can be. It required a lot of learning and patience on my end and ignoring the judgments of those who's never owned a genetically fearful dog. If you're in the LA area there's a trainer I can suggest if you're interested.
|02-09-2014 10:25 PM|
Different thought pattern here, & probably too late .....
But I never let my puppy, bitch, play with other dogs, ie, become "doggy" = where dogs were more fun than me.
Or take the chance of her being dominated by another dog, which leads to its own problems, even later in maturity = dog aggression.
& as dogs/bitches reach sexual maturity, 18 months/2 years, I think a lot of problems can develope when they are running amuck with other canines, .... why dog parks are no-no's.
I worked with her daily, 4 times a day, constant, as at the time I wasn't working.
We walked, played tug, ball, OB, ect ....
I don't have any problems regarding other dogs, except if they wander in my yard
But she also knows the ignore command well
I raised her as a working dog off of Leerburg rational. Now that she is 5, & even after 18 months, I could see why the things I was training, & how I trained, were so very important = elimated problems or the need to "fix" things later. what is learned 1st by a puppy, is learned the best.
|02-09-2014 09:58 PM|
op i would suggest putting a leash on your dog in the house and just letting her walk around with it. maybe she's had a bad experience with the leash in the past? then move outside and just play in your backyard with the leash on. go slow. imo the only way to "fix" a leash reactive dog when the reactivity is based from fear is to change the way the dog thinks about the "threat". right now any dog or sound of a dog freaks her out because she is restrained by the leash and in her mind, cant get away. she needs to realize that a dog approaching is going to do her no harm while shes on leash. however you choose to alter her train of thought is up to you but redirecting her attention imo is just a bandaid to the real problem.
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