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    Ok, I have a male desexed 2.5 year old whippet, I bought him at 7 months, showed him for about 4 months and then he grew too big, so is now a pet. He is well socialized, both around the show ring and in more "normal" circumstances. I also foster dogs so there is a turn over in the back yard of different dogs. We walk every morning and every night and have done since I bought him. I walk on my own with him, my desexed bitch and a foster desexed bitch, and then we hit trouble. When I am walking if he sees or hears a dog he is lunging at the end of the lead and barking and "talking", he looks extremely aggressive so therefore we walk at 5am and 10pm as there is less chance of someone actually seeing us. I have been at parks where I am allowed to take him and he does this and as soon as the other dog gets near he rolls over and pants, I take it as he wants to play and he is communicating with the other dog/s (however I could be wrong). He has never attacked another dog, he has never had a traumatic experience to make him become this way, just about 8 months ago it just became his thing to do. I have tried distracting him, that doesn't work, I have tried the bark on command, that doesn't work. Basically I just pull him along until he is past the dog/s and he calms right down, until the next bark. However he doesn't bark at every bark that he hears, it is just some but does bark at every dog he sees, I don't know if this means anything though. Don't know if anyone could help but any and all suggestions will be taken on board, thanks in advance.

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    Maybe try distracting him with a treat until the other dog goes by and then if he ignores the dog reward him with the treat, that is if you havent tried that already. Sounds like it might take some time though.

    Good luck.

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    I have tried that and he doesn't even bother to pay it any attention - I have spent so much money on treats and different things he costs me more than all my kids! LOL! When I try to distract him with it and give him a command it's like I'm not even there, he just keeps doing what he's doing. Thanks for the advice though!

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    Have you tried sausages? I know most dogs cant resist a fatty sausage.

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    I have tried supermarket treats, sausages, left over steak, cooked giblets, different mince and even once chicken necksSo if you are ever walking on Canberra streets and can smell something weird, just look over your shoulder it's probably me and my collection of dogs and unusual treats!

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    Hahaha!
    Hmmmm...
    Sounds like a tough customer hopefully someone here can help you out.

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    Thanks Obie!

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    Hi cate0404

    I haven't had this problem but this is what Cesar Milan dog whisperer does.

    You will probably need to take the whippet out on his own and get some friendly dog owners to help you...

    Walk towards strange dog - the minute the whippet barks, turn around and walk the other way. (does he seem excited at someone to play with or like he wants to kill the other dog?) either way - turn the whippet around until he's quiet. When he's quiet - give him a reward or praise and then turn around back towards the other dog... barking - u-turn - quiet, we can go back... repeat lots (this is why it helps to have the other dog owner in on what you're doing). Training time should reflect whippet's attention span, ie start with five to ten minutes a day/walk only.

    You might not get all the way past the strange dog the first few times / days you try, but I think the idea is worth a go.

    I got some labs to stop barking ferociously? through their fence at Frosty when we walked past, by treating them when they were quiet. Took three well timed treats and they were quiet and polite. And yes it was very naughty of me to do this and the owners were not around but I just wanted to see if I could. Then again labs like food a lot.

    distraction for a whippet - I'm thinking fluffy rat like cat toy pulled along by a string...

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    Thanks Hyacinth I didn't think of the fluffy toy, I will try that tonight! The only problem with what Cesar Milan suggests is all my friends dogs Jethro already knows and doesn't have an issue with - it is literally dogs that he has never met the minute he meets them he never barks at them again. I have thought of knocking on people's door where he barks the most but I'm thinking that people are going to take one look at Jethro straining at the end of his leash going hell for leather and they are going to tell me to get the hell off their property! But not only that what if there dog isn't like Jethro (meaning all talk no action) and it does turn into a brawl, not only would it be absolutely horrible but what about the legal ramifications?!? Maybe I will just get him a labotomy??? Is that a suitable fix? Or is that not funny?

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    Have you ever tried actually letting your dog be on loose leash and without any drama let him sniff/introduce himself to approaching dog? Or do you just shorten his leash when you see another dog approaching? If so, this might be a problem and a trigger for his behaviour.

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