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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    PS have you thought about getting some help from Steve at K9pro about this?
    Thanks for that info, and to answer your question. No, there isnt a reason why I havent gone to him. To be honest I dont know much about them..
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    Hi BL

    I went to one of Steve's one day workshops, and I was most impressed with the work he did with a couple of dogs that were very aggressive with other dogs on lead. First he taught the dog, then the owner and dog to stick together, and then he got the owner to work at a distance and then loop towards and away from another dog that was completely non reactive (mine with me holding her), until that dog could come up to us and have a proper greeting sniff with no aggresssion at all.

    My evil hound got impatient once and tried to greet early and got told to back off by the other dog -which she did, but it was all good in the end.

    Anyway - I watched two different snarly snapping dogs calm right down under Steve's tuition in the space of about 30 minutes, with no harsh corrections. Timing is everything.

    There was still some work for the owners to do in terms of practice and environment and target greeting dog variety... but now they knew what to do to get and keep a calm dog.

    So that's why I recommend him for anyone having trouble with doggy aggression.

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    Wow, that sounds very good. Where are the classes? How much? When? haha Sounds right up my alley thats for sure!!
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    the obediance class i go to has a german shepard that hates all dogs, growls at them and snaps at them but its still aloud to come

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    I take Beginner classes and you have lead aggression happening........At our Club we would still allow you to come, but we would probably assign a Instructor with you. In my class that would be my Hubby. We often use Katy to help, because she has a very passive non-threatening attitude and we would slowly desensitise your dog. With first working at distance where your dog is happy and slowly getting closer. But make sure it is not front on and more side on. Dogs do not like face to face. I am sure if it is a good Club , someone should help you. If we find the dogs do not settle we do some out of Obedience classes lessons. But often it is just a rowdy start that settles down. If you can try to keep a loose lead, meaning where your dog is not reacting, give her a loose lead. Often the tension the handler puts in the led causes the problem. Also do not try to be anxious about it yourself, again this goes down the lead. We also suggest to the handler that they get their dogs focus..Call name, dog looks=reward. But when food is used we tell the handler to be very careful that they do NEVER reward any of the aggression. So if the dog goes off, you call him he looks, do not feed immediately. Make the dog do something. like a sit, and then reward. Our first Tuesday of the month class is often rowdy and sounding aggressive to a lot of outsiders, but from being used to dogs and watching how my dogs react to some of the dogs a lot of it is just Bluff and some fear......Often our second week is a lot more peaceful
    Go and chat to them. Some dogs take a little extra time.....Some dogs even stay on the outside of the class for the first month and join the second month. Just enjoy it and find someone to help
    PS my dogs are the friendly dogs at our Club
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    BL

    I've got no idea when he runs classes - ours was organised by a friend to get him from NSW/Hawksbury area to Adelaide SA. So it was a one off.

    I suggest going to his website
    K9 Pro The K9 Professionals; Dog Training and Behaviour Site

    and either ringing him during business hours or sending an email and asking him for help. I think he might be expensive but he promises ongoing support by phone/email for the lifetime of the dog at no extra cost.

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    Ive resocialised my rottie at a dog training school. I rang and discussed my plan with the trainers. I wanted to be on the same oval. And we did this for 4 weeks. Getting closer and closer to the other dogs. The minute he played up, we walked off in other direction. Took some time, but worked. By week 4, he'd line up with other dogs. No issues. He realised being a numpty was not ok by me. Being friendly to other dogs brough lots of happy dances and praise and FOOD!

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