My puppy just goes crazy when walking on the leash if she gets startled by someone jogging, or another dog across the st. She barks like she wants to attack almost.
She's an angel when its up close to people or other dogs (she just wants to play), but when she's on the leash and the people or dogs are kinda far away, she's like in attack mode. But when those same people or dog come closer (to the point where they can pet her or play with her), then she stops barking and wants to play with them.
She goes to doggy daycare 3x a week and gets along with all the dogs and all the handlers. Its when we are on our walks and she sees another dog, things just go crazy lol.
Maybe i just need to expose her more to the environment, just wanted to see if anyone experienced the same issue (she's 6 1/2 months now).
have you taken an obedience class? It sounds as though she just gets too exited when she sees something and jumps/barks (as opposed to being agressive or afraid - but hard to say without seeing). This can be helped by working hard and practicing your training. First at home where it is quiet (no distractions) then in palces with fewer distractions (Front of your house, backyard, at quiet times in public...) and in an obedience class with distraction of other dogs but in a controlled environment.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
OBEDIENCE. And - some of this will improve with maturity.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Thanks everyone, i'll definitely follow your advice and hope some of it also goes away when she gets older. She's a great dog though, just a handful at times even when she's not full grown yet. lol Have a great weekend =)
Take control and let your puppy know this is unacceptable. When dogs do what you want- praise the dickens out of them, when they do what you don't want- give them negative reinforcement.
ill give ya the hot tip mate.
invest in a check chain (choke collar)
and learn the "pop".
whenever your dog pulls on the leash or does something naughty
you do a short sharp tug on the leash so it restricts and then releases.
it works a treat.
maybe ask your dog to sit and stay while people and other annoying things pass by
We invested in a Martingale collar for Chester (he just turned 5 months). Suddenly, loose leash walking is no longer an issue. In fact, last night on our walk he was practically heeling. And it didn't take constant correction either. Just a few quick ones and he caught on.
ETA: Our new trainer does not recommend the Martingale collars and suggested we invest in a thick slip leash. Sigh. Just when we thought we had curbed the problem...
Last edited by mamazano; 05-15-2010 at 07:50 AM.
how amazing is itttt
Don't lean too much on the lab's maturity My lab had to turn 3 and a half for me to realise that he would hardly ever stop pulling so we started obedience training as I got tired of being dragged around