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Thread: "Talkative"/Aggressive Dog. Advice Please

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    Most times I walk with an ipod so he triggers before I realize there is a dog in sight / hearing, I also thought this might be the problem so decided to start wearing the ipod to "zone out" and see if it was me reacting or not. I honestly don't think it is. I am going to try the fluffy toy that hyacinth suggested when I go walking tonight and see if that helps. Fingers crossed!

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    Not sure about the lobotomy. Maybe a bark-otomy (debarking) though somehow that seems wrong.

    I'd ditch the ipod. I don't understand how anyone can have ear buds in when they're out walking - even if they can still hear outside noise - it seems nuts to me. Then again, I suppose deaf people manage.

    You could knock on the door of one of these houses when you don't have Mr barkalot and ask if they'd be willing to help. Pick a place with a similar/whippet sized dog.

    Don't let whippet meet any dog when he's barking. It does read like overexcitement barking rather than I-kill-you barking. Do the backwards forwards thing... Go somewhere where he wouldn't know the local dogs for practice.

    Frosty and I had a lot of trouble with one particularily crazy whippet that used to beat her up when she was little. Then he tried it when she was a lot bigger and eventually after her being completely chomped on, with me trying to kick the whippet but he was too quick for me - she bit back and put a hole in his head. Didn't even slow him down, I found out later that she'd done that from them, they didn't notice till they got home. Then again it might have been me belting him across the head with Frosty's lead rope.

    That dog has made Frosty very uncertain about whippets, but she's more likely to run away than attack one. I try to get her to meet good whippets so she can realise it's just one dog (with very stupid owners) not all whippets that is the problem.

    Last time they met - she was much bigger than him, and he ignored her like he'd never tried to beat her up. The owners have sort of got him vaguely obsessed with playing fetch the ball, but every now and again, he goes and savages some puppy and they have no control whatsoever when that happens and make very little effort to get their dog off his victim and do nothing to prevent it happening, like keeping him on lead until they've checked what dogs are at the oval. Grr. I dislike those people and their dog a lot.

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    Ok I wanted to resurrect this thread as I have been working with Jethro since I first posted. I decided that as I didn't actually like walking around with chicken necks in my pockets I needed a different approach.
    So I sought of took a bit of every different approach and melded them together. I taught Jethro that "psst" meant treats and pats and cuddles, so that every time I said it it was a good thing.
    2 weeks ago we went on a short walk past a house that he gets a bit yappy at but not really over the top and attempted it. Walked past said house he started to bounce I said "psst" treated him and he forgot about the dog.
    Yay a small step but certainly not cured.
    Over the past 2 weeks the walks have been getting longer and longer and more into the no go zone.
    Tonight we went INTO the no go zone and he didn't bark once!!! Yay so proud BUT THEN a little yappy dog walk past with his / her owner and I'm thinking "crap there goes all our hard work" while saying "psst" over and over and *insert happy dance* HE DIDN'T BARK!!!!! He didn't even acknowledge the other dog he just kept walking and looking at me for his treat!!!!!!
    I was so happy that I got (just a little) excited and bent down to give him a big cuddle and his nose delves into the treat bag and swipes half of my treats, but I was sooooo happy I didn't care.
    So I spent the rest of the walk doing little jigs, picking up poop and thinking "Gotta get back to the computer to post what a good boy he is!"

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    hooray, always good to read a success story.

    I felt really good when I stopped Frosty barking and lunging at some horses on the beach on Monday. Woo hoo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    hooray, always good to read a success story.

    I felt really good when I stopped Frosty barking and lunging at some horses on the beach on Monday. Woo hoo.
    I know what you mean It feels really good once you've accomplished something positive with your dog, either a new trick or better behaviour

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