One of the most common training questions I get will be “How can I stop this dog from snarling at other pet dogs on walks?”
Oh, but only if there were an easy resolve, right?
I get this challenge so often that I decided to write a post about that. Now I can lead people here?at some point.
As always, go ahead and leave your thoughts/experiences in the remarks. And please discuss this post if it might help a dog you know.
How to prevent a dog from growling/barking at other dogs about walks
First, a few “easy” tips to attempt:
1. Get the right dog training collar.
Seriously. Just do that and make your life easier.
Try a Gentle Leader. Try a prong receiver collar. Lose the fear to get judged; no one actually cares what back of the shirt you use.
You need to be qualified to control your dog which means that your walks are exciting and safe.
What’s good for one dog won’t be the best for all most dogs. In my experience as a pet walker and recover volunteer, the back of the shirt that helps me handle the most dogs would be the Gentle Leader, and then a prong collar (smidge collar) and then a no-pull control.
Also, ditch the sinkable Flexi leash (for the time being). Get a 6-foot leash.
2. Make your dog at your side versus. out in front.
“However she pulls!”
So what precisely. Just keep her at your side anyway using one of the above training collars for dogs.
Dogs are less likely to help react if they’re as your faithful companion vs. out in entrance of you. And if they certainly react, it’s?a lot less exaggerated.
How many of you have often seen a person walking using their dog several ft ahead, and then sure enough when the dog sees another dog, he runs crazy, lunging and too much barking as the owner attempts to “reel him in”?
Just prevent that embarrassment and keep your dog at your side with walks.
3. Enroll in an obedience class.
This enables your dog to practice functioning around other puppies and to learn to spend?attention to you even using those distractions.
In addition for the obedience type, I recommend working on many training on your own which means your dog has unshakable skills as far as sit, down, stay, appear, heel.
If your dog contains the self-control to follow these words and phrases, he will have an a lot easier time remaining quiet in “high stress” cases like passing another dog.
I understand exercising a reactive doggie is difficult because when you need to walk him you are going to run into other pets. All I can think are get creative and make sure you’re providing your pet dog with adequate work out.
The less pent-up energy your dog has, the easier it will be for him to remain calm and collected round his “triggers.”
Some ideas for training: Long walks early in the day, walking with a canine backpack, allowing your pet to run in an amenable area with a long lead, driving with a quiet park to walk your dog.
Now, the longer response …
How to stop a dog out of barking at alternative dogs
The above are important, but are more about prevention compared to are training the dog how to respond competently.
So, here’s where I must recommend a book named “Feisty Fido”?by Expert. Patricia McConnell and Dr. Karen London.
“Feisty Fido” is rather helpful for learning how to set up a step-by-step desensitization/counter-conditioning program for a reactive doggie.
Click here to order the hem ebook on Amazon.
In brief summary, it will help you:
- Identify your canine’s exact triggers (Ex-mate.: dog from 20 feet away or even closer, men during hats, small pets that bark, and so on.)
- Work within your dog’s building up a tolerance to set up positive activities.
- Slowly change your dog’s emotionally charged response to his “triggers” with time. (Ex.: Dog perceives another dog 12 feet away as well as thinks, “Oh boy! I get hot dogs!”
There will probably be ups and downs with this type of training curriculum – successes and flight delays. We live in reality where most of us are limited on time and tolerance, but I think many people will find the book very helpful if they have reactive dogs.
Have you actually read it?
If so, let me know what you thought of it.
Click here to order.
Other tips for stopping a dog through barking at other dogs
- Find highly valued treats (hotdogs, pepperonis, real chicken, and many others.)
- Stay calm and soundlessly move away, prompting your dog to sit.
- Keep one’s body between you and the many other dog whenever possible and do a quick “U-turn” by simply physically turning into your pet and moving the woman’s away as needed. Pet dog walkers, do you employ this trick every day for example I do?!
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