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Ben behaving badly! 13 Sep 2014 12:48 #9620

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Hi all I am having a problem with ben at the moment regarding his attitude to other dogs and sometimes people every time I take him out for a walk and he sees another dog he at first starts to stalk his tail uncurls and he sometimes lays down as the dog gets closer he will stand up and launch himself at the approaching dog this behaviour I should add is in no way aggressive but he is getting a big boy now he is 52kg and 16 months and I am no lightweight but it takes all my strength to hold him sometimes and I am worried he may injure a smaller dog when we do not see another dog his behaviour is top notch I have tried making him sit and stroking him but its like he is in a trance! any advice would be gratefully received as I never had this with my previous two boys. Bill,Zak & Ben.

Re: Ben behaving badly! 17 Sep 2014 10:57 #9626

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Hi Bill,

At least he isnt showing aggression towards the dogs and people, thats a good thing.

He needs to be focussed on you when the other dogs approach, and I would have thought that making him sit and stay was the exact right way to do it. Have you tried taking tasty treats like chicken or liver, something that he really likes that you could use to keep his focus on you whilst the dog approaches and he can greet them respectfully. If he isnt too bothered about treats, perhaps a favourite squeaky toy would help to keep him focussed on you.

Good luck
If your dog doesn't like someone, then you probably shouldn't either !

Re: Ben behaving badly! 17 Sep 2014 11:26 #9627

Teressa is so right about the treat distraction Asia was a nutter when I first got her, she would launch at other dogs and get very wound up whenever we saw another dog. It was very hard to get her attention at first but I had to be very consistent Use one simple command, "sit waite" or "sit stay" and stick at it until you get him to sit, when he's settled offer him a treat and tell him he's a good boy. The target is to get him looking at you, while he's walking beside you, for a treat every time he sees a dog. Asia lunged at people too so I gave her a treat on the trot when she lots of people were around we eventually got to the stage where she would start to eyeball a dog and I'd just say "treat" and she'd be more interested in recieving her treat as we walked on, she didn't even have to sit stay anymore and even now 8 years on she still looks at me for treats when she sees a dog so I carry them with me all the time.

Try all different kinds of treats for Ben, Asia loves her little cheese squares that I cut up for her walk, she also likes carrot cubes and corgette cubes or when I get time she gets her home made biccy's, but corgettes are her favorites so try all kinds of odd things if he won't take ordinary dog treats Let us know how you get on Bill
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Re: Ben behaving badly! 18 Sep 2014 08:15 #9628

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Thanks for the replies I have tried the treat rout e but he is totally disinterested in food of any sort once he gets out of the front door! I purchased a gentle leader head collar and have had a bit of success with it if only it would stay on properly.Bill,Zak&Ben.

Re: Ben behaving badly! 19 Sep 2014 17:32 #9629

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I use a canny collar with Tia. It is very much like the gentle leader, there are many variations. They work marvellously while you are training the dog to walk properly, and I find them very good to keep control of your dog in such situations as yourself.

If it is coming off, it may be that it isnt fitted correctly or its the wrong size. Tia could not get her canny collar off no matter how much she tried.

Have you thought about taking him to training classes or socialisation walks where you can get help to teach him to greet properly? I used to take Tia to social walks, it was good and I picked up some helpful tips too
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Re: Ben behaving badly! 19 Sep 2014 22:36 #9631

I've heard good things about the canny collar many years ago I used a halti for my Benny but it irritated him so much, it was useless. We took him to training classes and it did him the world of good he actually passed his begginers test and got a rossette
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