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|02-28-2014 01:39 AM|
After reading everyone's helpful suggestions, I have realized that firstly I needed to change my goal. I think it is a bit far-fetched to expect Leo to be "friends" with other dogs. He may gravitate towards that of his own accord but first I need to teach him to ignore other dogs. And that should be my goal.
Regarding the neighbors pups: the owner has agreed to walk the pups alongside Leo (for example, on the two opposite sides of the road) until Leo behaves better, and then possibly walk the pups a bit closer each time, but still maintaining enough distance so that the pups don't reach Leo and he can't reach them. The pups are only 3 months old so they will behave as all puppies do and even attempt to get close to him.
Treats: treats proved completely ineffective because in the park all he wants to do is run and if he see's another dog then he doesn't even look at me. The 'continuing to walk on' strategy seemed more effective as he eventually stops looking back and looks ahead and forgets.
Another strategy: I take Leo a bit earlier to the park so that I can really make him run and tire him out when there is no other person/dog around and THEN attempt at meeting up with the pups and practicing the walking and ignoring.
Hopefully, with all the great advice and tips, I should be able to bring Leo under control in this situation.
On a side note: at what approximate age to GSD's mature? Leo is still very puppy like in his demeanor and there are many times where I truly cherish his puppyness, but at other times I just keep wondering when will be grow up a bit.
Thank you all!
|02-27-2014 07:14 AM|
|02-27-2014 05:33 AM|
Originally Posted by Harry and Lola View Post
I should have know this! But I've been doing stay away, stay away, ignore and move on forever.
Just seemed like this time "maybe" in this circumstance something different was needed!
You have to be flexible!
|02-27-2014 05:23 AM|
|Harry and Lola||
Nice looking boy you have there, he's looks like a good weight to.
I find once GSDs hit that 1 year old mark, some are not interested in other dogs and prefer the company of their human pack. It is not necessary to set him up with meetings and play dates. It is essential however, that you train him to ignore other dogs so that you can walk by another dog without your dog flipping out.
In my humble opinion, socialising GSDs with other dogs from puppy up to about 1 is great, however they don't have to keep on with this, it is far better for them to learn not to react and I would spend my time training him to trust me and not react to other dogs.
With the 3 month old pups, I wouldn't introduce them if you feel your GSD may react. I would however, maybe when the puppies are a little older, go for short walks together for about 10 to 20 minutes and keep a comfortable distance between them all. When dogs are moving forward they bond in a way, don't stand still and allow them free rein at meeting, just keep walking and try and do this everyday if possible, they will eventually then build a respectful bond towards each other and you will be helping the other puppies (and your dog) in realising that they don't have to meet every dog.
|02-27-2014 04:02 AM|
It will take time. If you turned and kept moving that's good, maybe try giving a treat when you make the turn. Try and treat before he reacts.
Gotta say the "neighbor" with the two St B's makes me nervous? Is he receptive to new ideas can you talk to him?
Normally, I say stay clear of other dogs. But in this case, you kinda have a vested interest in his dogs. Two badly trained ST's can be real bad news!
It all depends on how responsible he is and what kind of a trainer. Just a head's up I guess.
Leerburg | Raising Two Pups at a Time: Why It's a Bad Idea
|02-27-2014 12:45 AM|
I agree with you, I have no intentions of taking unnecessary risks when it comes to my dog or other dogs/people. When I am walking him by myself then I carry a stick. I saw the St. Bernard pups walking on the road again and again Leo went a bit crazy. I tried to just turn around and walk the other way so they weren't in sight, and that worked a little. Until they would bark and then Leo of course had to respond!
Work in progress! *Fingers crossed*
|02-25-2014 08:03 PM|
Good plan, I would think. Know dogs under controlled conditions are different. But the "I thought he was friendly folks??" Won't do!
Are pepper spray and/or a walking stick viable options for you?
|02-25-2014 05:04 AM|
Thanks for this great video! Around where I live we have a lot of street/stray dogs on the road itself. So the encounter with other dogs is going to happen whether I like it or not. I try my best to avoid routes that involve the strays but sometimes they sit close to the entrance of the park where I take Leo. My thought regarding working with other 'known' dogs was just a measure of safety. Since I know those dogs are leashed and will not attack him even if he misbehaves. However, I will begin working on training him to ignore other animals. That is my best chance.
|02-25-2014 05:00 AM|
This video is actually great! I had started him on leash training but because I had to travel for nearly 4 months for work, it all went down the drain. I have started training him again now that I am back. This video helps a lot because it mentions methods to keep Leo calm before I even step out of the house. So thank you so much for this! I can clearly see the wrong signals I have been giving him (unconsciously of course).
|02-25-2014 03:36 AM|
Originally Posted by Serbrider View Post
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