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Thread: Please Help! My Kelpie X Lunges at Cars!

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    Default Please Help! My Kelpie X Lunges at Cars!

    Hi

    I need help!
    I'm new to this forum, and I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice.
    My partner and I rescued a Kelpie cross from the RSPCA just last weekend. He is almost 2.5 years old and we love him to bits!
    He is great with people, kids and other dogs. The first day we got him we took him the the local dog park and he was a hit! He even came to us when we called him! On his first day!

    Although when we were taking him home from the RSPCA, he was very skittish in the car. I put it down to nerves and excitement. Every car that would go past, he would lunge for it, trying to grab it. We've taken him for his twice daily walks since last Saturday and he still lunges. We've noticed he will only go for the fast moving cars, not motorbikes, cyclists or slow cars.
    I'm putting it down to his herding instinct, but we can't take him for a proper walk without him choking to death or getting hurt.

    Any training tips would be really helpful!

    Thanks

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    Why has no one helped!!
    Jeeeez, we're a bit slack!

    I own a Kelpie too, and she used to lunge at cars, motorbikes and trains, but only when she's on the lead. But when she was off, she couldn't give a crap.

    Have you tried distracting her with treats or a toy when a car comes past?
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    If it's mainly in the car, you may have to block his view for a while, and only allow him to see out if he's calm and well behaved. The easiest way to achieve this would be a covered crate or box.

    If it's out walking, things are more difficult, but you won't be able to let him off lead until he unlearns it. When you see a car coming, make him sit, and feed him treats if he will, do anything you can to distract his focus from the car. Stand between him and the car. And as soon as you get his attention on you, reward him.

    Frosty chased the tractor-lawnmower around our cricket oval last Friday, and it was going 30km/h or more. Fortunately for me she didn't attack it but it was scary. Eventually the driver noticed and stopped enough for me to catch her. And we sat down politely and calmly watched it go round until it finished. I had stopped her initially and we were going around the outside of the oval on the other side of the fence, but the speed and noise of it was too much temptation/threat this time. It doesn't normally go so fast and she doesn't chase it when it's slower.

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    I agree the best thing to do is to work with your sits and also leaves. Practise with slow moving cars first to reduce the temptation. Ask for a sit as a car is approaching and reward as soon as the attention is on you. You can use which ever reward works best - be it food, pats, cuddles or even for some dogs a smile works!

    I would also advise to not allow off lead time anywhere near cars until the leave is mastered. The last thing you want is for your kelpie to get near a fast moving car.

    Good luck!

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    Maybe try walking him on a halti??

    Its only been a week too of having him, so allow a bit of adjustment time too.. he may just be nervous of being in a new place.

    Good luck..

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    We have a ACD, and being a working/ herding breed we had a similar problem. Whenever we take him for a walk we can tell when he is getting ready to ludge. When we notice this we tell him 'NO' in a firm voice and get him to sit until the car has past.
    But we also have other problems with moving objects such as the lawn mower and the vaccum. I suppose thats one excuse I can use to get out of the house work
    Sit, drop & roll!!! So proud of my little man

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    very very old thread. The date is in the top left of each post. This one is November 2009!

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    I'm having the same problem with my dog mainly in the car. He is a 5 year old Border Collie who has recently come to live with me. It makes driving with him in the car stressful and unpleasant.

    I was thinking of somehow restraining him so that he has to lie down in the back seat. At the moment he is in a car harness with tether attached to the ring on the harness.. Maybe I should try a shorter tether.

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    I don't think people read.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I don't think people read.
    Makes you wonder if there is any point responding...

    Especially if you'd only cut and paste the post you wrote before...

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