It seems like what you are lacking is confidence. What would it take for you to get that? Why do you think you cannot handle this dog? Not to be sappy, but I think you'll do a lot better if you THINK you will do a lot better.
By George, I think you 'got it!'Quote:The biggest hurdle for me will be keeping MYSELF calm.
Right now I feel it's the opposite- I'm less comfortable handling Renji the more he shows me about how he sees the world. I try to do what my trainer advised to take him out when no one's around and find quiet places to work with him slowly, but it never fails that a dog or a person pops out of the woodwork and then he immediately tenses up, and not in a fearful way. He reacts with aggression, that is his first response. What was I looking for in temperament? A dog that could be included in activities as a member of the family. Now when my fiance and I want to take a walk, either we must be hyper vigilant with the dog and be very careful what we do and where we go (and it turns into a stressful chore rather than a relaxing time) or we leave him at home. That's not how dog ownership should be. The dog shouldn't be left at home when going somewhere dog-friendly or even dog-encouraged, nor should he be stowed away when guests come, but that's what happens. Hopefully we go back to training this week if both of us are healthy.Quote:as you work with renji your skills will improve and so will your comfort level handling him.
Can you take a toy with you on walks when you might encounter a strange dog or person, stop the walk the moment Renji tenses and then whip out the toy? You've probably tried this, but he seems to have a really strong drive you can use.Originally Posted By: DianaM he will focus FOREVER if he thinks you have his toy
You posted this before I could. Have you walked him with his highest valued tug in your pocket for redirection? He sounds sharp, but focused. Maybe accentuating his positive attributes will be able to control his negatives.Originally Posted By: MaryJaneCan you take a toy with you on walks when you might encounter a strange dog or person, stop the walk the moment Renji tenses and then whip out the toy? You've probably tried this, but he seems to have a really strong drive you can use.Originally Posted By: DianaM he will focus FOREVER if he thinks you have his toy