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    Hey everyone, before i get started my name is georgie and im new to this forum Im 13 right now and decided to join this forum for my labrador charlie, he's nearly 5 years old. He's the biggest sweet heart and the nicest dog, but when it comes to walking him he just turns wild. i was only 8 when i got him and i didnt care much about training dogs. My mum wasn't the best at training him and was pretty lazy too so now he is super strong and actually pretty scary to walk. i try my hardest to teach him to behave and stuff because i walk him everyday, play with him with all my spare time and look stuff up on the internet about walking dogs. He just doesnt listen.

    He's become pretty good at walking for a while but as soon as he hears a dog he starts sniffing and the fur on the back of his neck goes up. But when he sees a dog he just goes bonkers, he yelps then he starts to bark and jump up and down, he charges at it and pulls me along with him i nearly got hit by a car once because he sprinted across the road and my hand got caught. sometimes when he gets close to a dog he starts to growl, it scares me so much. But the weird thing is when hes off a lead at the dog park hes fine hes back to his friendly ways and doesnt even try and act aggresive towards any otherdogs.

    i was just wondering what i could do to stop him from doing this? i was thinking of getting another dog to get charlie used to dogs is this a good idea? because i know hes not aggresive off a lead just on one..

    and sorry for such a long question but im pretty worried about him and i just wanted to make sure ahaha

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    Hey Georgie, welcome to the forum..I am not sure what advice to give. Maybe try and work on Charlie's obedience a little bit, especially around other dogs, or carry treats on you, so he will listen to you more. I am sure some of the more experienced forum members can offer some great tips..oh, and some photos of Charlie would be great!!!

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    Welcome to the forum Georgie. Sounds like he is leash reactive, other members will be able to give you better advice than I can. But I will say don't get another dog until you have sorted out Charlie's problems first. Was he socialised much as a puppy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oskar's mum View Post
    Hey Georgie, welcome to the forum..I am not sure what advice to give. Maybe try and work on Charlie's obedience a little bit, especially around other dogs, or carry treats on you, so he will listen to you more. I am sure some of the more experienced forum members can offer some great tips..oh, and some photos of Charlie would be great!!!
    yeaa, i've bought some treats for charlie but he seems more interested in dogs then treats... i was thinking of getting another dog but i dont know if that would do anthing and yess i'll put some photos on soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    Welcome to the forum Georgie. Sounds like he is leash reactive, other members will be able to give you better advice than I can. But I will say don't get another dog until you have sorted out Charlie's problems first. Was he socialised much as a puppy?
    uhh, yeaa he was we loved playing with him we just lacked in walking him because i was too little to walk a dog :/ we took him for walks but not as much as we shoud've.. but now that im old enough i walk him all the time

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    I mean was he socialised with other dogs when he was little?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    I mean was he socialised with other dogs when he was little?
    sorry misunderstood, yes but not very often.. i wish i was older when i got him cause then i could've taken him to the dog park everyday

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    Welcome Georgie. Your dog is very lucky to have such a committed owner!

    I agree with the others that you should try to fix your Charlie's problem before you get a second dog. If you get another dog it is very likely that they will take on Charlie's bad behaviour. So if you think it is hard walking one dog pulling on the lead, imagine walking two doing that!

    As Charlie is good with other dogs when off leash, his problem is what they call "leash aggression". I'm no expert on this, but like with any unwanted behaviour, you have to decide first what you do want Charlie to do when he sees another dog when he's on the lead. One option is that you train him to focus on you. So you then start rewarding him every time he looks at you.

    That means you first have to find a reward that he likes. You could try different kinds of treats. I often give my dog liver. You can buy lambs fry very cheaply from the supermarket. I microwave it for about 5-6 minutes, then cut it in little cubes and put it in a treat bag. With Charlie being a lab, it would highly surprise me if you wouldn't be able to find some treat that he likes!

    The best thing to do is then to start using the treats as a reward for easy things, like sit and come. The key is to set him up for success. You want to create situations in which he does things he gets rewarded for. So ask him to sit and come when there are no distractions first, like in a quiet room at home. You can teach him other tricks too. The more you do this, the more he will want to get rewarded.

    Then you can start trying this outside. I do the 'Look at that' routine with my dog. So when you see a dog coming towards you, you say 'Look at that' and the moment Charlie looks at you, you say "Yes!" or something similar and give him a treat. It is important that you start from quite a distance away when he normally would not yet get out of control. Then gradually you can wait until the other dog is a bit closer and keep doing this.

    It'll take a while before you get to the stage where you can practice on dogs that are at a distance that normally make him go bonkers. But just try to have fun with it in the meantime and celebrate every improvement.

    Afters having said all that... The other and possibly easier option would be to take him to obedience classes! I believe most dog clubs will allow kids to be the handlers from 12 upwards. Though they may want your mum to be there too. That would really make him used to being around other dogs on the lead and you could get lots of useful advice from the trainers and other dog owners.

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    oh thankyou! this is soo helpful i'll get straight to it after school

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    Welcome Georgie! I must say, I am very impressed by your grammar and punctuation. It is lovely to see someone from the younger generation who doesn't butcher the English language
    I agree with everything that has been said about Charlie having "on lead aggression", my old dog used to have it and I got her when I was 10. Unfortunately back then I would get stressed and scared when we started to walk toward another dog and my dog would sense that so as hard as it is, it is important to try to stay calm, relaxed and confident when you and Charlie approach another dog.
    Owning a dog should be a partnership. Much like a good marriage it should be based on love, trust and devotion until death do you part.
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