Can't walk my dog with partners dog
We have a 7m/o female german shepherd (Willow) and a 9m/o maltese x shih tzu (Ollie). Willow walks on a loose lead when walking with my partner and I, but if my partner brings Ollie along she pulls, zig zags, keeps looking back for Ollie if I walk ahead etc. If I stop and my partner walks off ahead with Ollie, Willow will go ballistic, crying, jumping, trying to get out of her harness etc. If my partner and I separate and go different routes Willow goes ballistic again and seems anxious and cries for a while after separating and then goes back to normal loose lead walking after a couple of minutes.
We're not sure where to start, she is impossible to correct and praise when walking with Ollie. Please help?
A couple of other things:
- Ollie and Willow live together and they are very playful with each other
- If I stay at home and me or my partner takes Ollie for a walk, Willow will cry and be anxious at the front door
- If me or my partner take Ollie outside out of sight holding him in our arms she doesn't seem to get bothered.
- If we walk around in the back yard on lead with the dogs she doesn't walk well but she's no where near as bad when outside
Such an easy fix!
You need to just take both pups to a great dog class! That way they will learn to listen to you and you will learn the proper way to teach them to walk together well on leash, in ANY situation! Probably more fun to both take the same class together but maybe would learn more in different classes.
The problem is that YOU aren't in the picture as far as being a leader and your dog caring about what you are doing at the other end of the leash. Classes will put you back into the picture so your dog will take the guidance that is needed and not be blowing you off.
One of the many many many many reasons it's NOT recommended to get 2 pups at the same age/same time is because of exactly what's happening to you! Need to take the extra time and do the extra work to bond the dogs to the humans rather then letting the dogs bond more to each other.
Read this for some more tips ---> http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...dogs-once.html
What drives your dog is called "a sense of the pack unity", her instinct is telling her that the pack should be together. She, probably, takes Ollie for one of her siblings in her litter.
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