Join Date: May 2011
Location: Raleigh, NC USA
Your thoughts on my training session ...
I had a private training session with a recommended trainer today, but I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Background: I adopted a 2 yo female GSD. Honeymoon phase is over. Started with leash pulling, then increased barking, then leash aggression, etc.
The trainer today did most of the leash holding and I took over towards the end. Note that she didn't use treats or praise the entire time. She pretty much used the command "No", body blocking and corrections on the prong collar.
We saw Riley's first freakout when a dog about 50 feet away came through the parking lot. The method she used to correct her was to always sit Riley when she saw another potential dog encounter. When Riley noticed the dog, she would body block, tell "No" and pull up on her prong collar strongly. This continue with less emphatic collar corrections until Riley was able to calm down. Note that the trainer would always make the collar slack as soon as she could.
Moving along, she worked on corrections (small yanks on the prong coller) while we were walking. She was kept on a pretty short leash (always slack with the exception of corrections), but the trainer said in time it could progress to the truly "loose leash" position.
When we would see a dog coming, she would tell Riley to sit, then she would stand in front of her blocking the view of the oncoming dog. Then she would do small leash corrections until Riley chilled.
Over the course of 1.5 hours, Riley pretty much calmed down and we were able to let other dogs walk by (even me once) without her throwing the typical fit. The trainer said that in time, I should be able to keep walking (just keep myself b/w Riley and the other dog.)
The trainer seems to think Riley wasn't socialized with other dogs much and so is showing some fear aggression. I'm not stepping up as leader and need to do this consistently.
I was pleased with the outcome, but it seemed a bit heavy handed compared to some of the trainer for GSD that I've previously read. I'm working on the NILIF program, but so I haven't seen any specific ways to handle leash agression. Is the above approach a companion approach while walking to support the NILIF program?
Any thoughts are appreciated.
Last edited by 2manyqs; 05-01-2011 at 10:11 PM.