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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-28-2018, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Advice please.

Our 8 month old is smart and well behaved inside. She does well on a leash and listens well EXCEPT when she sees another dog. Any advice on how to break her of this? We’ve been through some training with her and she did well with the other dogs in the class once she became familiar with them. It’s just when we are out walking that it becomes an issue.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-28-2018, 09:57 PM
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Maybe distract her with high value treats when another dog or animal comes into view. Not just regular treats. High value treats....treats that make her eyes get really big.

OR, does your dog know "leave it?" When she sees the other dog, tell them "leave it" and pop the leash or however you correct her. Eventually she'll get it. It worked for my previous dog. Currently working on the pup and he's starting to get it. Remember nothing is instantaneous. You need to work on it. If you have friendly neighbors who have dogs, ask them if you can practice with their dogs around. Or if there are dogs behind fences, practice right next to the fence. Other people may have better ideas...this is what worked for me.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-29-2018, 12:19 AM
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I personally don't like the treating method here, because it seems a bit like bribery. But I do absolutely agree with the "it takes work and time" point. I also like to use desensitization. Take your dog to a park with lots of people and dogs walking by, and keep her back far enough that she can see them and not react. Just sit with her and let her take it all in, then do some obedience or just play. If she starts to react correct that, but if she doesn't seem receptive and able to calm down, you're probably to close. So move a bit further away from the path. Over time you move a bit closer each day, keeping whatever routine you've established consistent. It's a little counter intuitive to expose a reactive dog to the thing they're reactive to, but that's exactly what she needs! Good Luck!
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