Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Outer Banks, NC
Re: Help with walking goofy and he lunges towards
That's how Lucy was, and the difficult thing about it was that I was taught that if they were behaving correctly you gave them what they want. So if she was in a nice sit or down, the person would come to give attention and she would come unglued with excitement all over again!
So I asked my trainer, and she said that Lucy would outgrow it as she matured beyond the puppy stage. I am seeing this happen, at a year old, but she is far from that aloof adult we all read about in the breed standard. Now she meets someone, has an excited fit for a few seconds, and then is fine. So it is an improvement but she still has a way to go to adulthood. And I can expect more of her now at a year old than I could at three and a half months.
What I did was physically prevent her from hurting somebody, tell them she was a puppy and still learning manners, and not allow her to interact with the frail or children that she might hurt in her zeal for attention. At the age your dog is I picked her up when necessary, or removed her from a situation. I felt it better to avoid a bad situation than have to correct it at that age.
What if you were armed with treats and had someone walk past at enough of a distance that Goofy would not respond- and then when he didn't and was focused on you you gave him a treat? Maybe then you could very gradually work at this, reducing the distance until he learned to ignore it? That would be a positive way of telling him what you'd like from him. It would take a while, because he has to both learn AND mature, but it would not invoke any negative association with meeting new people. Treats when he ignores and focuses on you, nothing when he doesn't.
Lucina v Dare, GSD
Fancy Me Deuce (Tedy) APHA gelding
Purple Haze Nirvana AQHA mare
Trooper rescue kitty and senior fur kid