Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
May try Prong Collar...thoughts please
So here is my issue. Either over excitement or aggression towards other dogs on walks. I always walk 2 dogs. (Cody - 7 month old male GSD, and Mandi - 4 year old mix). They are both very well behaved outside when no other dogs are present. Sit, down, come, stay...all done PERFECT even on a busy street.
Recently, both of the dogs are lunging, barking at all other dogs we pass. Neither have ever attacked, but sometimes Cody's hair does stand up.
I can't say for sure if it is just excitement or aggression. But the other owner is usually scared. and i dont blame them cause my dogs come off rowdy.
-I have tried distracting them with Tasty Treats (chicken, fish...good stuff!) and they don't care. they wont listen at all when another dog is within about 20-25 feet.
-I have tried to just cross the street and avoid the interaction
-I have tried to just walk by the other dog quickly (which results in me basically dragging the dogs along)
I will admit they don't get to socialize a ton with other dogs. they have basically only one other dogs as a playmate (neighbors dog) and they both get along nicely with that dog.
do i need to just take them to the dog park and let them mingle? hope it goes well? do i need to try a negative reinforcement approach like the prong?
They wear harness right now and don't pull hardly at all...of course unless another dog is in sight.
Thanks so much!
A tired puppy is a good puppy
CODY - Sable GSD Born 11/15/09
MANDI - GSD/Husky/Lab Mix Born 6/3/06