My puppy has been doing well on her walks. She has done great meeting people, esp. kids, and takes everything in stride.
However, there is one thing that seems to really distract her-other dogs.
Now, I wanted to discuss what this behavior could possibly be and where it could go. I think that she is just unsure, and that this can quickly turn into an aggressive or fearful response to other dogs in the future. I obviously want to change things before this happens, so please discuss!
Here is what she does when she sees another dog:
She just stops and looks at them. There is nothing intense or fearful about it. She just stops. Tail is hanging (like a saber
), not up wagging, or tucked. No hackles or leaning forward. No growling or any noise. She just wants to stand there and watch them.
When she does this, I cannot get her attention, even with food. The only progress is that she now takes the food but doesn't eat it-it will fall to the ground. At enough of a distance everything is normal again...I would say 20-30 feet. Then she is fine, takes food and listens.
We walked right by another dog yesterday (totally neutral dog not even interested in her) and she did the same thing. She stood right in the middle of the street and didn't budge. I gently coaxed her along and gently pulled the leash to keep her moving and she kept wanting to just stand and stare. About 15 feet away after passing she was fine again.
I just wanted to note that on a previous walk a dog was right across the st. and tugging to come near us and she jumped straight up and barked at that dog. A deep, defensive bark. She was also with my other two dogs that time. She has not shown this behavior since, and had shown the stop and stare before that.
Again, I just wanted to discuss this before it becomes a problem instead of an annoyance. We will continue to work on watch me, but the whole LAT thing just kinda goes over her head...
Thanks for reading