Events like this are more common than you think. I have about 3 dogs that like to jump the fence here and bark at us. One is a little terrier and he's just like that.
They are fearless little critters; my dog thinks they are interactive toys. (Not really, but seriously she's so not afraid of them)
You really do just have to brush it off. If you're feeling overwhelmed at training, your dog will pick up on your insecurities. Basically, if you don't make a big deal out of some little dog blowing his yapper at you, Marley won't.
I think the fact that you can sometimes get your boy's attention around big dogs is grounds for a celebration. When you have a 'reactive' dog, you really have to enjoy the little accomplishments.
If you're having trouble getting his attention after he is already in the -zone-, try making weird high pitched noises, dancing, jumping, or blowing kisses; whatever works to get his attention, then ask for something simple like following a treat.
I think a sit is way too complicated at first, not to mention BORING. Marley is trying to say "HEY! Mom look over there omg omg it's a big dog!" While you're behind him trying to get him to sit and be calm. If I had to choose between a sit and another dog, I would choose the dog too!
When he lets himself be lured away, say yes! and give him treats and make it a PARTY! Give him a jackpot and keep stuffing his face for paying attention to you when there's a big dog around.
Eventually, you can ask for more complicated behaviors while there are major distractions, but start small.
Owned by Nini and McKinley.
Last edited by Tbarrios333; 06-27-2011 at 11:56 AM.