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    Welcome.

    I don't mean to pick at you. I find it highly irresponsible of your mother to allow you to walk a dog that a) doesn't know how to walk politely and b) has leash aggression issues. Also it is illegal in most States for anyone under the age of 16 to be in charge of a dog in public. Walking your dog has already almost had you hit by a car, I think it is time your Mum starts to take some responsibility for a dog she bought for a child who was too young to really understand what was required to properly raise a behaviourally healthy dog.

    As Beloz stated your dog has leash aggression. Fairly common especially in dogs who didn't get socialisation and whose leads have been mishandled.
    At 13 I am very sorry but you are much to young to solve this on your own. You need to speak to your Mother about getting some professional help before you or somebody else gets hurt, if your dog attacks another dog during one of his outbursts on lead and you or another person try to intervene you or they could be bitten. Even worse what if next time he pulls you across the road you DO get hit by a car.
    It is not an easy fix and will require months of hard work on desensitizing and counter conditioning.

    Absolutely do not get another dog right now.

    Again please do not take this as an attack on you, the fact you have come looking for help and you are trying to do the right thing by the dog tell me you are a responsible young woman.

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    Was waiting for someone to say something about the mother. I agree with K&P 110%

    This is not up to a 13 year old to solve.

    I love that you are using initiative to find solutions yourself, Georgie, however your family needs to all work together and get professional help to solve the problem.

    Where abouts do you live? I'm sure we can recommend someone near you that can help with this problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Pawfectionist View Post
    Was waiting for someone to say something about the mother. I agree with K&P 110%

    This is not up to a 13 year old to solve.

    I love that you are using initiative to find solutions yourself, Georgie, however your family needs to all work together and get professional help to solve the problem.

    Where abouts do you live? I'm sure we can recommend someone near you that can help with this problem
    I do agree that it is irresponsible to put this on a 13yo and that it should be her mother's responsibility. And getting professional help is always a good thing. BUT... advice from a trainer only helps if it is followed up at home. Georgie already mentioned that her mother was lazy in regards to the dog - things only improved when Georgie took charge apparently - and it is highly unlikely she will put in the hard work to fix this. It is not an easy one to fix, but the dog sounds pretty well behaved in other areas.

    Georgie is already the one walking and caring for the dog. It is a bit too late to tell her she is too young now. And she sounds smarter than lots of adult dog owners I've met! She came for advice about how to try imrpove the dog's leash aggression and not on how to try turn her mother into a responsible owner. I reckon the first is probably easier for her to achieve than the latter.

    Rather than an expensive one-off visit from a behavioural trainer, I would recommend the obedience class option as a start.

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