Hello! I did not find a topic for general trail manners so thought it would be good to have one.
Please delete or merge with an existing one if I missed it.
Josie recently turned one and to celebrate I took back to her first hiking trail.
We hike every week and have been working on manners.
We are much better now around hikers, runners and mountain bikers (stop, step aside auto sit and go when I say ok).
When she was really young she would bark at whoever would stop and talk to me on the trail.
Our breeder recommended that we just continue walking when we see other people coming. There are times though that we do have to step aside and wait our turn.
Seeing other dogs on the trail is where we have run into problems.
Sometimes she would bark once or twice while we are waiting on the side of the trail I ask her to stop and she does. There are
times she doesnít bark at all, even with an off leash dog. Itís usually when the other dog minds itís own business that Josie stays quiet but if the other dog stares at her or lunges then she is more prone to do the same.
When we are moving and the other dog is moving or is stationary she is less
prone to bark.
We were on this trail for her birthday..(we only hiked the 2 to 5 minute section)
There was an off leash dog with his mountain biking family who sat and waited for us to pass, Josie didnít bark but was pulling in the dogs direction. Saw the same dog a few
Minutes later I decided to have us step aside, and she just started barking and lunging.
We were about 5 feet from that dog and the 2 other dogs (on leash) she barked at that day.
I did not expect to see any other dogs on that trail, let alone 3 (I run on that trail often and familiar with trail traffic).
She wears a harness when we hike and goggles. I do not sure any tools for correction, just a tug on the leash if that does not work I nudge her on the side with my knee. I give her treats when she follows commands/makes good decisions.
*in our weekly walks downtown itís been months since sheís barked back at another dog
What do you and your dog do when you see approaching dogs on the trail? (Off leash and on). Looking forward to hearing your replies, learning from different scenarios, tips or suggestions.
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