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Teaching to ignore other dogs

While my dog is very well socialised with other dogs and we are happy with that I want him to learn that he cannot just go up to other dogs all the time.
The is happening in two situations - one when out on walks, he's off lead, if we see another dog and call him back to a loose heel then we can walk on past (but he occasionally breaks it to go say hello), if we don't call him in he will go straight over to say hello.
Secondly in agility training, he will often run over to another dog training on another part of the course, or else get distracted by other dogs which are waiting for their turn.
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Does he know the commands "leave it" and "watch me"?


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I use leave it. I also want to point out how dangerous letting him run up to strange dogs is, your dog may be well socialized, theirs may be dog aggressive. It may also be bothersome to the other dog owner. I know it irritates me when strange off leash dogs come running up to me when I am walking my aggressive dog.

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Originally Posted By: bmass01I also want to point out how dangerous letting him run up to strange dogs is, your dog may be well socialized, theirs may be dog aggressive. It may also be bothersome to the other dog owner.
I completely agree. You never know about that other dog. Even if you're dog is well tempered...you can't trust dogs you don't know IMO.

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Originally Posted By: bmass01I use leave it. I also want to point out how dangerous letting him run up to strange dogs is, your dog may be well socialized, theirs may be dog aggressive. It may also be bothersome to the other dog owner. I know it irritates me when strange off leash dogs come running up to me when I am walking my aggressive dog.
I would never let my dogs run up to a strange dog; they're still very young, but with two of them they have the "pack mentality", so like my Grandma would say, I wouldn't trust them as far as I could throw them, LOL (Which isn't very far, they're too heavy)
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Personally, especially on walks, I would not allow him to be loose. If you see another dog, go ahead and snap his leash on and get him focusing on you (ideas for commands were already given).

I know that I do NOT appreciate unknown dogs coming to say "hi" to my dogs - I know nothing about said dog, and my dogs are always right by my side. My dogs behave well, but our GSD came to us with issues, and unwanted introductions can set her back - she's getting good, and I wouldn't be happy to have any dog just trotting up to us simply because their owner didn't want to put them on a leash in public. I know I come across a bit harsh in this area, but it is a huge pet peeve of mine since I personally have worked so hard to get a dog over being dog aggressive so I'm sure others are in similar situations as well.

On the flip, you don't know what other dogs may do, if they're UTD on vaccinations, etc - not always the best idea to just let him go up to them without permission. Your dog is well socialized, but not all dogs have been. No matter what, he needs to be listening to you - what if he runs in front of a car to go greet the other dog?
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I don't let my dog off leash unless I know she will not meet another dog. I don't have the control over her yet to have a perfect off leash walk - do I ever admire those that do.

I don't even like my dog greeting another on a leashed walk. So many owners will wander towards me when I'm walking Dakota. I'm working so hard trying to teach her to ignor the passing dog that I sometimes get frustrated when this happens. I try not to be rude, but I usually tell them that I'm training her so I will not allow a greeting. I'm sure that I have offended some, but too bad, I'm working on my dog's training which is more important that allowing their dog a social visit.
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Have you read "Control Unleashed" by Leslie McDevitt?

The whole book is about focus and confidence. It's written for agility classes (which means it's ideal for your situation), but can apply to all sorts of situations. It's all based on games and activities to do with the dogs to keep them focused. She has a great one for dogs with dog reactivity called, "Look at that!" (Basically you allow and even encourage and reward the dog to look at other dogs so that they will just look and not end up increasing their excitement level beyond just looking.) We've been using "Look at that!" in our regular obedience class and after weeks of her wanting to do nothing but play with the next dog over, she just looks at the other dogs and even if they're barking or playing or whatever else, she looks back at us without going to the next level of excitement.

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Just the other day I got very irriatated with a guy at the park. First of all, whenever we see other dogs walking our way, Zisso and I step off into the grass until they pass. This is because we are still learning and mastering the walk. I do not trust him 100% to meet other males politely. Well, as we stood off in the grass waiting for these people to pass us, the guy let his dog (a little one too) pull on the leash getting just as close as he could to us. Now this was a small dog on a retractable leash...to me the man holding the leash was arrogant and ignorant. JMO

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Aloha. The method of training that I have adopted is that I allow
Rasa to do anything she wants, but only when I tell her to. In this case I have adopted "Visit or No Visit" commands. Rasa knows that visiting is NOT off the agenda, but sometimes she is allowed to visit and sometimes not. This is working with barking (Bark Bark, and Quiet) and with prey (Leave them-Stay, or Go get them). She accepts or respects that sometimes it is yes and sometimes it is no and it is not that she is forever forbidden doing what she may like doing. And of course I size up the dog and owner, before a visit.

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