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Thread: How to Controll a Dog That Barks at Other Dogs on Walks?

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    i have a 1 year old kelpie who whenever we go on walks always tends to appear aggressive towards other dogs that are being walked. i know she isnt a aggressive dog as i have had her assesed by trainers around other dogs.. and just this weekend i took her up to a friends farm where she was off leash with 3 other dogs for the first time and yes she was a little "aggresive like" at first toward the other dogs, but she settled down once she got to know them and played chasey with them for hours which went really well. the only thing was i couldnt pat the other dogs as she got jealous or something and and arched up at them.

    im personaly thinking it may be a protective issues as she absolutely loves all people, and we have a really close bond

    i have tryed training, halti's (gave up on them as she never got used to it and constanly tryed pulling them off on walks, which she succeded) i currently use a gentle leader harness.. i really DONT want to resort to a choke chain, i let my trainer try it on her once and yes it did make her stop barking at another dog but she was shaken up for a few days after.

    i was thinking maybe a martingale coller which is like a half check chain that cant fully choke a dog to try to controll her.. but yeah just a bit unsure...

    makes me nervours to go on walks rather then enjoy them with her like i should. any ideas?

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    My cavalier was lead aggressive and used to bark at strangers and passers by. It concerned me because she's small and if a larger dog came towards us off it's lead, it would/could have attacked her because she was egging on.
    What I did was clicker train her. I used a check chain and treats and a clicker. I taught her that the sound of the click meant a treat first. Then I would get her to look at me and then click and treat. Then sit and click and treat. Eventually, she would be totally focused on me throughout walks and if I saw a dog coming from a distance I would get her to sit and focus on me, while clicking and treating. Once the dog passed, I would praise her and we would keep walking.
    Now I don't use treats or the clicker. When we walk past other dogs I just call her name and she keeps focused on me and gets praised for not barking or any aggressive behaviour. It took only 2 weeks in total to get her to this stage. Good luck.

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    oh and i have tryed distracting her with treats, but she isnt treat orriantated unfortunatly, and distracting her with a toy as well which didnt work and tugging on her lead saying "leave it" which thetrainers taught me.. still dont work.

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    Where abouts do you live?

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    My cavalier was lead aggressive and used to bark at strangers and passers by. It concerned me because she's small and if a larger dog came towards us off it's lead, it would/could have attacked her because she was egging on.
    What I did was clicker train her. I used a check chain and treats and a clicker. I taught her that the sound of the click meant a treat first. Then I would get her to look at me and then click and treat. Then sit and click and treat. Eventually, she would be totally focused on me throughout walks and if I saw a dog coming from a distance I would get her to sit and focus on me, while clicking and treating. Once the dog passed, I would praise her and we would keep walking.
    Now I don't use treats or the clicker. When we walk past other dogs I just call her name and she keeps focused on me and gets praised for not barking or any aggressive behaviour. It took only 2 weeks in total to get her to this stage. Good luck.
    i have never used clicker training before.. i may give that a try thank you im willing to try almost every means there is.. its horrible having to be cautious around every corner hoping there is not another dog there, i avoid walking on the same side as any dog with fear that either she will lunge at the or as you said a bigger dog may attack her..

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    i live in melbourne, east suburbs

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    i try my best to give firm commands.. but i think my dog knows im to soft and wont listen, she probally feels i need protection lol

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    We may be local and I may be able to help. I'll PM you.

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    we live in the same suburb!!!!

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    i dunno if you watch ceaser milan but, you distract your dog with touch. Touching them on their back leg, using your own leg. Does your dog lead you when you walk? My dog use to lead me when she was a pup and would try and chase birds and walk towards other dogs. Now she is always behind me and does nothing but follow, unless i want to let here wander. The perfect walking dog Also never give dogs treats while on the walk, you may think it distracts them but it rewards there behavior.
    Last edited by aussieowner; 06-30-2010 at 10:16 AM.

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