Nice walk. Approached by a stray dog .
Okay so I went on a walk with Elios and everything was good.
But all of a sudden this rottie/healer mix just pops up out of no where!
He had a harness and choke chain on. No tags. He was wet .
And very dominant! Hackles raised, tail high. Very stick body language.
Me and Elios walk passed him quickly, and Elios doesn't bark or stare.
But the dog kept fallowing us trying to sniff elios. So Elios turns his head a little and growls.
Then turns around and growls and tells the dog to get the **** away. And the dog runs. Then comes back. And at this point I don't know what the **** happened but Elios went after him.
And I yell "Elios leave it!" And he stops right in his tracks.
He is so leash aggressive.
And I feel like we have gone backwards with training because of a stray.
I can't walk anywhere with havin issues!
This is the first issue in a while too. I had been training on
vest for the last couple weeks and he only barked at a few people near our home.
And now this :/
Why do you think he does this?
Because the leash?
Because he is scared?
I dont think it's agression.. I think it's the fact he is on a little leash.
Because he plays with dogs and has play dates with my friends all the time.
What do you think?
Here is a picture of my boy.
And the stray I tried to take a picture of behind us
Maybe I'm wrong, but to me your post is filled with anxiety. It makes me think that you're in some kind of panic mode when you're out walking. This would explain alot, if it's true.
I can never tell..
Ugh. I know I have anxiety, but I feel calm at most parts..
I feel super confident walking him.
And then I'm always thinking when I'm walking, about life and what not.
Do you think that would be the only reason he react that way?
I do know that our own emotions and actions will influence our dogs. So when you're walking confidently and ignoring other things, you can teach your dog to do the same. If you're nervous and drawing attention to other things, you can put your dog in a heightened state of arousal - then he's not calm anymore, he's on alert. Maybe it's just that simple, and this is the problem. Maybe not - but if you can try to act like you own the world and everything you see is just a background then you might get different results. Next time you're out, try it :)
Good luck! Just be sure you're not setting your expectations too high, and wanting instant miracles. This is just like anything else: where you have to practice practice practice to get where you want to be.
In fairness to Elios, that dog was sure sending out some "I'm the boss of you" body language there.
Good that you got a pic. of him.
I'd not be too upset by this, all in all sounds like you two did o.k. given the circumstances....
My knee jerk reaction ...."And I yell "Elios leave it!" And he stops right in his tracks."...command and control was reestablished...perhaps your mentality at that moment changed as well as Elios's.
I agree with Gwenhwyfair...all and all it was reasonable considering the circumstances.
My Smitty dog was a street dog, self-socialized you could say.
He can read dogs and respond appropriately a heck uva a lot faster and better then me. He's NOT dog aggressive.
We had a large male off leash boxer following us with a similar stance as the dog you pictured one day. Smitty sent 'calming' signals, wagged his tail, didn't make eye contact at first with the boxer. I tried to back the boxer off but he was standing his ground. We crossed the street, he followed, I tried to keep myself between Smitty and the boxer, he kept following.
Finally Smitty had enough and sent the boxer the *just right* message that we, me and Smitty, had enough of his bullying.
The boxer relaxed his stance and walked away.
I ponder if I should have done more but you know, in the end we all were o.k. so I guess we did good. :)
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