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Okay Liz.. I need you to write me a book on this one.. I'll start with Toby first...

I know how you said about Toby's threshold and walking by other dogs and what not.. But when we get "bum rushed" by a dog who's basically hiding and runs to the end of the yard on a tie out, how do I get Toby to stop freaking out and grabbing the leash, my hand, or Sid when we're on a walk?? I've googled redirected aggression OVER and OVER and it basically relates to cats... Is this not a common problem or do people make excuses and not know what it is??? He does this when he's tied out at night because of the rabbits and cats and stuff and he'll do the same thing.. Turn around and snap or grab a bush and rip it up.. It's crazy..

Now Sid, he only does it about the iguana.. HE HATES THIS THING!!! How do I get him to stop screaming whenever this thing crawls up the side of her cage or we get her out?
 

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Concerning the cats and rabits:

Your dog is showing signs of prey drive activity.  Try not to put him out unless you can watch him.  If he gets one and kills it...you'll be in a whole other world of trouble.

As for Toby's "bum rushed" issue:

Cross the street and put him into a sit.  When he calms down start back across the street..when you get to the farthest point of the street (without being in the street), put him in a sit.  When he calms down there, put him back on the sidewalk and into another sit.  When he's calm there, proceed with your walk.  

If at any time during this process he becomes agitated, go back to the last step then proceed forward at smaller intervals (may require you to work him in the street [SAFETY FIRST!!!]) until you get him back on the sidewalk (calmly) and can proceed on your walk!!!

REMEMBER:

Patience and time...time and patience...THE DOG TRAINER'S MOTTO!!!

Liz and Lilly
 
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