This is probably a common problem. My dog barks and tries to jump at dogs when he goes for a walk. I have absolutely no idea how to train him in this area. I want him to be well behaved around other dogs. Can someone give me an idea on how to start?
Have him sit by you as you see a dog approaching, give him a treat and praise when he does, then keep him next to you until the dog passes or if you want them to meet, when the dog gets next to you guys.
Does he like other dogs or not? That plays a factor into it. some dogs bark and jump at other dogs out of excitement (like mine will do occasionally) whereas others dislike other dogs. My guess is that he likes other dogs and gets excited. Another helpful thing is to make sure he gets time to play with other dogs...dog parks, friends with dogs, anything will make him less excited to see another dog because it will be more common to him.
He's your friend,your partner,your defender,your dog.You're his life,his love,his leader. He will be faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion
BBkoo. Leash agression is very strange. But I do have a cure. First I am sure you have trieds to correct it with no luck. First this is about assocaition. I am willing to bet your dog is fine with other dogs off leash. the leash makes things weird. There are many theories to this. 1 being the dog is fustrated it is restrained and cannot go play and for some reason is mad at the other dog for it. another is the dog feels braver on the leash. Whatever....
All we need to know is the other dog is the trigger, the leash is the motivator and the behavior is aggression.
So my wife has a 100 lbs dog whom had leash aggression. She taught me an amazing method to curing it. first your dog must be a food motivated. so go for walks when the dog is hungry. get sometihng tasty. like cut up hot dogs. or cheese. or even chicken. But it better be yummy. first teach the dog to watch. to actula looki your eyes. I do this by holding the dog and putting it's food down. when the dog out of fustration, or looking for help finally looks at me. I let the leash go. the dog learns looking at me, makes me let the leash go. over the days i lengthen the time. before i let go.
no we have watch. we go for a walk. the minute the dog sees another dog. I mean the minute. I ask the dog to watch. then I feed, feed, feed. till the other dog is safely gone. I do this over and over. till the dog sees another dog, and then looks at me without me asking. then I feed sometimes, sometimes I do not, sometimes I feed right away, sometimes. after. I keep the dog guessing when I am going to feed. Now the automated repsonse, instead of going bannas when my dog sees another dog, is to look at us.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."
I don't think your dog needs to learn to avoid other dogs, necessarily. I know that your dog is a puppy, and it is a small terrier. This means you MUST socialize your dog a lot, so that seeing a new dog is not odd at all. Little dogs like this often need a lot of "confidence building." This means EXPOSURE to everything so that they grow up knowing and feeling comfortable in their environment. If you pick your dog up when other dogs are around, it will never learn to behave normally.
I guess it is one of my "pet peeves" Ha! Literally! That people think that their little dog gets to act different than the big dogs. If my lab freaked out like little yorkies do, I would be sued. Now, I know I am generalizing. My mom has a maltese that she coddles to death, and when we go past dogs, my mother picks up the dog because she is afraid her dog might "start something" with the big dog. It drives me NUTS because it's her fear, so now it's the dog's fear too.
Re: Gunny: I have taught my dog to "watch me" where she looks into my eyes... she doesn't love it, because she thinks she's missing something really important going on in the world, but she stares right at me. It's cool.
I only use it once in a while, she isn't aggressive toward anything, so I use it if food is walking by! If I get a wiff of pizza, I give the command, less she finds it first. LOL. But I still have to say "watch me".
"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."
gunny, got any suggestions for me? My dog does the same,but has absolutely no interest in treats when she's excited, not even the good ones. What I have done so far is correct her with the prong collar and make her sit, but its not working very well. She gets absolutely bullistic. That goes for kids on bikes and joggers, too. For now, I just turn and walk in the oppposite direction or cross the street. My neighbors probably think Im antisocial.