Dog training How does avoiding the problem solve it

You need to prevent your puppy from practicing the unwanted behaviour while you work on foundation behaviours and training an alternate response to seeing dogs. Impulse control, focus on you, eye contact for foundation excercises, giving in to leash pressure/U-turns and targetting your hand with his nose are all good alternative behaviours to lunging at another dog. Again, these all must be practiced with NO other dogs present, then with dogs in the distance where your puppy can notice them, but still respond/learn both the foundations and alternate behaviours, slowly moving closer as the dog’s ability to respond to cues increases.

For desensitizing, you do not want to throw your dog in at the deep end. Imagine you are afraid of spiders. Now, if someone locks you in a room full of spiders, but gives you no tools like relaxation or meditation or other means of dealing with your fear, you will likely become MORE afraid of spiders rather than less. So you work at a distance from other dogs that your dog can notice them, but not react (bark, lunge, growl or look uncomfortable). Teach ‘Look At That’ (again, away from other dogs initially), then point out dogs in the distance and treat your dog for noticing them and turning back to you. Eventually, the dog will associate the sight/sound/smell of other dogs with getting treats from you. This should go a long way towards changing his emotional response to other dogs from a negative one to a positive one.

I am also not a trainer, but I have had to solve a similar problem with one of my many foster dogs who was reactive to other dogs, on leash. The basic idea here is Distraction.

Pulling the dog back, is just a physical nightmare depending on your size and the dog’s and can result in injury.

What I was advised to do, and what worked for the dog I was working with was to train her extensively to focus on me and just me when I called her name. So when I need her attention, I get it!

To do this you have to have a pocketful of treats when you walk your dog. Then –

1. At first, take him or her to a distraction free zone. You can even do this at home. Walk the dog (Fido, for ease). Call Fido by name, in a happy tone. If he looks at you, give him a treat. I extended this to making Fido SIT and look at me, but for starters, JUST looking, is perfect! And should be rewarded. Do this consistently, and on EVERY walk.

2. Introduce a distraction. Call a friend with a dog. Meet at a park. Do point 1 when your friend has their dog on leash and walks past you, at a safe distance away. If Fido does not behave desirably, back away, try again. Do not lose your cool or display negative emotions.

3. Praise, pet, hug, squeal, treat and express happiness when Fido does what you needed him to!

All the best!

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The idea is to set your dog up for success rather than continuing the cycle that cause the problem in the first place. Think of your dog as needing a remedial math class – but how can I learn calculus by going back to pre-calc? You need a foundation before you can learn the more advanced stuff.

So your dog needs to work on loose-leash walking, watch-me/look-at-me, and probably down-stays entirely apart from being on a leash near other dogs until he has the basics down.

Then and only then can you go into a situation where your dog is on the edge of possibly reacting – and preemptively give him something else (loose-leash walking, watch me, down-stay) to do instead. Then the next day you go a little closer to the other dogs, etc.

Avoidance is just to keep your dog safe, give them a chance to break the habit, and to learn the basics they need to succeed in the problem situation.

Avoidance prevents the dog from practicing the problem behavior in situations where you are unable to support it in making good decisions. By changing the environment for the dog, we create space for them to learn. This is where proper dog training begins. Training is an important part of any dog’s life, and is important for several reasons. It provides mental stimulation which helps to keep your dog happy, and if combined with morning exercise your dog will be mentally and physically tired at the end and far more likely to sleep during the day. أسئلة طرحها الآخرون

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I’m definitely not a dog trainer by any means, and I’m sure you’ll get good answers by actual dog trainers. But since it hasn’t been answered yet I’ll put in my two cents:

From watching my one true love Cesar what he does is breaks the dog’s attention/eye contact by either a touch or, if that doesn’t work, physically turning the dog away from the other dog and making it sit.

Trying to hold the dog back just exacerbates the behaviour so it’s important to break the dog’s focused, excited behaviour by other means.

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