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03-02-2014 05:20 PM
llombardo In my experience with a reactive dog you have to teach them what you want before you can correct them. It might take months to teach them using all different kinda tools..redirection, reward,focus,etc.
03-02-2014 05:12 PM
LoveSea Exercise is very important for the dog, but the weird thing is that my dog bit someone a few minutes after 20 minutes of very vigorous ball chasing. I thought he was exhausted, took him for a walk & on the walk he bit someone. It was out of nowhere, no signs. He always enjoyed meeting people on walks, never had an issue until this time. I still go back & cannot understand it. So now he is muzzled & not allowed to greet on walks. We adopted him as an adult & knew he was previously abused. My whole idea on him greeting people & dogs from the beginning was to keep him socialized & also to avoid him becoming over protective of me. He bit someone 11 months after we adopted him, never showed signs of aggression before then. The rescue group touted him as a great "dog park dog" (which I never brought him to anyway).

As far as reactivity, I have 2 dogs - a GSD & a mix & the mix is the worst as far as barking & lunging at other dogs. She taught my GSD & then I had 2 reactive dogs. So my trainer helped & I worked seperately with each dog - had to take them on seperate walks each day. My dogs are so much better at walking past dogs - still not perfect, but what I do is when I see other dogs approaching head on on a sidewalk, I pull to the side & have them both face away from the dog. When they turn to look, I gently push their face to look away. I was taught to not let them get to the point of a stare down - if that happens they get too excited & it is impossible to calm them down. I also am able to walk on 1 side of the street while a dog & owner approach from the other side of the street. I just keep walking, ignore them, distract my dogs by either jiggling their collars, giving a nudge to their side to distract them or simply put my hand between their eyes & the dog. It works extremely well. But I keep walking. I went from having my dogs go nuts seeing dogs far away & way across the street to having someone walk by with their dog 8 feet away & no issues at all. It is just about being aware of other dogs approaching & not letting them get to the point of excitement. It is amazing. I am petite, 5'3 & 115 lbs & have 2 large size dogs & have learned to control both of them in this previously stressful situation.
02-26-2014 07:55 PM
mcdanfam I can support all the comments about the trainer teaching the human....we saw huge changes in our 5 month old pups when we were lucky enough to find our 3rd trainer...he was a dream! I can't tell you how many times he stopped everything to show us (the humans) what we were doing that was confusing the dogs. The trainer was so patient and understanding...he took so much time with us and our two teen daughters...we have been with the 3rd trainer since the pups were 5months old, they are now almost 16 months old....HUGE difference. Plus the pups LOVE going to class, the trainer always finds new ways to challenge us, and it is great bonding for dogs and family!
Good luck finding someone who can help you....


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02-26-2014 04:39 PM
Chip18 "Learning" is the key. The link I posted contained articles on two key philosophies. And two videos one on how to leash train and one on how to deal with problems .

If you do it right and understand your dog, avoid dog parks, don't put your dog in a situation where he "could" develop issues, protect him from stressful situations...who's good, who's bad is "that" dog friendly? Those are calls "you" need to make.
Get it right and most likely,you will not have any need for the video on dealing with a reactive dog...that's "learning."
02-26-2014 03:34 PM
LinneK9 Thank you everyone! Makes me feel a lot better about the situation. I have some work to do! Ordered on of the books mentioned and started reading last night on kindle...Already learning!
02-25-2014 09:31 PM
Packen
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My dog is excellent inside and in the backyard, (he is about 5 1/2 months). He waits for food and would say 9/10 times obeys basic commands and learns very very quickly. Everywhere else just throw everything out the window. He is so overstimulated at the sight of strangers and other animals that standing still, remaining calm will not stop him. He got in a nasty fight with a friends dog so much as to now I feel like I cannot take him anywhere because I have zero trust in his reactiveness. I feel like a massive failure at training which bums me out because I would do almost anything to train him. So I took him to a trainer and at the trainers when he saw another dog outside he lunged and snapped his collar clean off. Thankfully he couldn't get to the other dog. The trainer recommended boarding him for a week for a very expensive price. My problem is, is it something that with a remote collar/ pinch collar and problem knowledge I could fix myself or is boarding recommended for a very aggressive/reactive dog. I would really appreciate any help as I do not believe in re-homing or anything of that matter because I have accepted the challenge to raise the pup.
The dog is a baby just got done teething or about to, this is not real aggression and can be handled without corrections through motivation. You just need to find someone to help you 1 on 1.
02-25-2014 08:42 PM
Chip18 Reaching for a "tool" to fix your dog is "not" the correct approach! I learned the the hard way! Now my approach... " is..not, what's wrong with this dog, it's what am I doing wrong??

This thread should help.
http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...pet-him-2.html
02-25-2014 08:35 PM
Chip18
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my dog gets a ton of exercise. But, he has become a conditioned athlete as well. It takes many, many miles to create a tired dog now! And tiring a dog out does not teach him anything. Although it may induce a state of mind more open to learning, once a bit of excess energy is burned off. I always made it a point to make sure on the days when we were meeting with our trainer, to get in a good run an hour or two before the appointment.
LOL never thought of that!
02-25-2014 07:07 PM
Good_Karma Just one tiny bit on exercise, that may indeed help in some cases. I'm sure most dogs in this country could benefit from increased activity. But it is not always THE solution. I am a high mileage runner, my dog gets a ton of exercise. But, he has become a conditioned athlete as well. It takes many, many miles to create a tired dog now! And tiring a dog out does not teach him anything. Although it may induce a state of mind more open to learning, once a bit of excess energy is burned off. I always made it a point to make sure on the days when we were meeting with our trainer, to get in a good run an hour or two before the appointment.
02-25-2014 05:50 PM
David Taggart P.S. The best thing to find out about his exercising - is to ask your vet. It should be a professional who can estimate the maximum by physically checking your dog.
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