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Old 03-24-2014, 02:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Walks and other dogs

My first question of many to come.

We just got a Boxer three days ago. He is one year old.

We've had some issues with walks. We live in a neighborhood that is very active, good weather, and LOTS of dogs. Whenever we pass another dog on our walks, our Boxer goes CRAZY. I have a very difficult time controlling him. Barking, pulling, standing up on his back legs, etc.

I try to avoid other dogs on our walks whenever we can, but it's not always possible.

Any tips?? I know this is just natural for dogs, but is there anyway to help control this?

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Old 03-24-2014, 02:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Great question....Im really glad you asked as our girl isn't old enough to take for walks yet (temps here are still pretty chilly) and I could also use any advice ahead of time.

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are you using a no pull harness? one that snaps under the snout? when another dog is approaching you could just stand with your pup at your side, no extra leash. Make him sit and give him a treat. This may take a while. Have you been through obedience training?
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I swear by the leave it command for any kind of reactive or impulse behavior. We use it a lot anything from food, to spills, to impulse behaviors. We have the same problem on walks with Duke there's always a bunch of dogs that are barking up on legs at him, not to mention the dogs that appear out of their invisible fenced yards and are barking/running at us less than a foot away. If you need him to focus on you I would teach the watch me command also.

Duke learned a good leave it command when he was little. Just put something of value in front of your dog give a "leave it" and if they don't go for it after a couple seconds give another "leave it" them treat with a different treat, not the one they are leaving. After you can progress to longer leave it's and walking leave it's. Walking leave it's are just putting that valuable on the ground and walking past it while giving the command. If he totally ignores it then treat.

I'm sure there's a few good videos on the web you can find. Any positive reinforcement teaching videos on leave it might be worth looking in to.


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Easiest simplest and best approach is to teach your dog to ignore other dogs. They can learn to ignore other dogs and be civil, they don't need to make dogie friends and run around in a dog park with a bunch of dogs and learn that you don't matter!

You don't see working dogs, K9's seeing eye dogs and service dogs in a dog park for a reason. People have put a lot of time and money in there dogs and they don't want them getting hurt or wrecked by learning that there person doesn't matter.

Don't know if your doing that but most people that have behavior problems are.
I train with a flat collar and a loose leash. If your putting tension on a leash then you are encouraging the behavior you don't want. First step for a dog to get ready to take action....tighten up on the leash!

Give your self some space cross the street or step on a lawn. Only use a sit or down if you have to step aside and "OUT OF RANGE" of the other dog. Otherwise keep moving "nothing to see her dog move along" and it should all be done on a loose leash!

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Great question! When my Ziva was little she thought that every single person & animal she met was her long lost best friend and she couldn't wait to reunite with them. Some dogs are obsessed with toys, Ziva is obsessed with other dogs, lol. I'd be out for a walk & every dog we saw she would be pulling toward, standing on her hind feet, walking with her head facing behind her trying to see them as they walked away, etc etc.

First a few questions: Have you been through any obedience training with him? Has he been through obedience training previously? Does he walk well on a leash (no pulling) when there arent other dogs around? Is he getting plenty of exercise? Does he ever get to socialize with other dogs?

Assuming the answer to all or most of those questions is yes, here's what worked for me:

Because Ziva walks predominantly on my left side I stay to the left of the walking path so that I keep myself between her and anyone who goes past. People naturally want to stay to the right so I occasionally end up playing chicken with someone, lol, but most people take the hint and move over without hesitation. As soon as I saw another dog coming I would pull out the higher value treats, let Ziva get a whiff of them & start asking her to "look"/"watch" me & would reward her for doing so. As the dog got closer I'd ask her to sit & stay. I'd then ask her to "look" & reward her. Of course at a certain point she would no longer be able to pry her eyes away from the other dog & initially she would still try to hop up when the dog passed next to her, but we slowly but surely got to the point where we no longer need to sit until the dog gets close & she now will sit, stay & watch me without moving as other dogs go past. Occasionally if the other dog is pulling trying to get to her she will stand up, but I simply say "eh-eh, sit" and she complies. We no longer need to sit/stay for every dog, either. If I see that it appears to be a calm dog, a dog we've seen before or one who's owner has him well off to the other side we just keep walking & she does fine. Also, to avoid her hurting herself, I did all of Ziva's initial training in an Easy Walk harness. Really helps with the pulling.

Assuming he is dog friendly, it is really important that he be able to socialize with other dogs. Whether that means you inviting a friend & their dog over & letting them play in your yard or that you take him to the dog park is up to you, but letting them run and play is really, really good for them.

Hope that helps!
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Thank you for the replies. I appreciate the help!

Overall he does well on walks. Doesn't really "pull". Stays close. But when another dog comes anywhere close (or even across the street) he just goes nuts!! It's so bad that I'm starting to dread taking him on walks. We have a lot of walking trails in our neighborhood and tons of dogs.

I take him on three walks a day. Anywhere from 1-3 miles each time.

We haven't taken him through any kind of obedience training. I don't think the previous owners did. I'm not sure where to start with that. How do I get recommendations where to go?

The previous owners said they used to take him to the dog park, but OMG, it just can't imagine that! I'm so afraid he would just be out.of.control.
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He is leash reactive, so is probably fine with other dogs when loose.
Mine are the same way.

You could call obedience schools and ask if they have experience with leash reactive dogs, also look into getting the book called "Feisty Fido"

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Thank you for the replies. I appreciate the help!

Overall he does well on walks. Doesn't really "pull". Stays close. But when another dog comes anywhere close (or even across the street) he just goes nuts!! It's so bad that I'm starting to dread taking him on walks. We have a lot of walking trails in our neighborhood and tons of dogs.

I take him on three walks a day. Anywhere from 1-3 miles each time.

We haven't taken him through any kind of obedience training. I don't think the previous owners did. I'm not sure where to start with that. How do I get recommendations where to go?

The previous owners said they used to take him to the dog park, but OMG, it just can't imagine that! I'm so afraid he would just be out.of.control.
I'd say you need to enroll him in a basic obedience class. Personally I would avoid petco/petsmart classes. If you google "dog trainer in _________" that should give you some ideas. Then call, talk to the trainers and get a feel for them before making a commitment. I think you will probably need a few private sessions with him, possibly even before the group class, but I think a group class is also a good idea.

Dog parks have their good points, but also can be dangerous. If I were you I wouldn't take him until you've gotten some of his obedience worked out.
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