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I am looking for some advice on the appropriate manner in which to keep Cooper focused when the two of us pass other dogs on our walk. I take him for a three mile walk every morning with him wearing his backpack. He loves it! I have run into several situations at the park where people allow their dog loose, or the dog has a long lead ahead of the owner. These dogs come running up to Cooper and I. I have noticed in the past month that Cooper does not want to sit patiently while I wait for the owners to pass, or catch up to their dog to control them. He has started to try to pull me. Even though he is still young... I realize that someday he will be almost 90 pounds and I must keep him focused, or he'll be dragging me along somewhere. Just this morning I decided to step off the path to allow a woman to pass with her two little dogs, but she allowed one of them to dart towards Cooper. Cooper tried to get up and go, but I made him sit again and wait until they were further down the path. Once the dogs pass us he goes back into being this wonderful obedient dog.

If anyone has any advice for me on what I could do to keep him totally under control, or at least some steps to work toward getting him totally under control, it would be great. I do use food rewards and praise already.

Thank you.
Terry K.
 

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I probably would attract other dogs if I bounced a tennis ball up in the air. Tennis balls and a red soccer ball are Cooper's favorite toys.

I use treats that I would consider "high value," but maybe I am wrong. Most of the time it is chicken, sometimes cheese. If I don't have time to cut something up before I have to run out the door I grab some of his favorite dog bones. I was using hot dogs, but to tell you the truth I don't eat hot dogs so I stopped. If there is another "high value" treat out there that I should consider, please let me know. I may try squeaking a toy. This idea never crossed my mind.

I like the switch idea. I am always looking for new things to teach Cooper. Cooper will be 8 months on February 13th. I didn't think I could make him feel like other dogs could be "bad." I am not tense, or giving a strong command when other dogs head our way, but I guess if I am constantly moving off the path and making him sit I could be giving the wrong message to him. It's hard though, because the majority of the people I meet allow their dogs to lead them, or the dogs are loose. I make Cooper walk at my side, or behind me a little. So, here I am walking down the trail on one side and heading my way is an owner with a dog (or dogs) where the dog(s) are leading, and taking up most of the trail because they are going from one side to the other.

Cooper is in a Level 2 obedience class with other dogs. Hopefully, if all goes well, he will be earning his Canine Good Citizen Award in 4 weeks, then I can move onto the Level 3 class. During class he is pretty good about passing the other dogs. Every once in awhile he attempts a greeting with another dog, but this is not allowed during the class.

Today it is raining, so tomorrow I will pack my pocket with another tasty treat, a tennis ball, and I need to buy a squeaky toy. Try, try again, until I reach my goal.

Thanks for your help everyone.

Take care,
Terry K.
 
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