It was a stupid time to walk a dog that's been showing some signs of developing on leash aggression. Completely my fault and I've learned my lesson there. I'll go back to walking evenings for now. Funnily enough, at training, he's fine on the lead (except when crazy Pom decided it wanted to kill him) and loves to meet other dogs.Dogs’ ability to read our body language is mind blowing. The night you had the bad walk - I can guarantee that your pup knew you were stressed about it – even before you put on your runners ! So you were stressed -> leads to the pup being stressed = frustrating walk !
It's a volunteer run set up, so quite casual. The lady we did puppy training with gave some really ordinary advice (e.g. "you really don't need to take your dog off your premises for the first 8 months, other than to training and to the vet" - seems like a recipe for disaster to me), so I sought out a different set-up. I think the thing I need to remember is that, whilst they seem to have good advice, I need to cherry pick and do my own research as well. I'm really glad I've sought advice on here, because it's really clarified a lot for me :-)I agree with ‘Hyacinth’ about your dog training class. There is nothing in the ‘rule book’ that says you have to put up with a swf being feral. Your responsibility is to yourself and your pup’s safety. If it happens again – move away. If it continues to happen and the trainers are doing nothing about it – then find another training facility.
No, not at all! Even if you were, I don't think that's always a bad thing - especially when dogs are involved ;-) I was after advice - and I sure got me some of that!I re-read my previous comment and I hope you didn’t think I was being too rough with you. It was not intended. I wanted you to think about things.
They are such lovely dogs. The trainer in my class has one and he is a beautiful boy. A friend of mine used to have one and I was always fascinated by their mouths - so soft and gentle.Most of us on this forum have gone through exactly what you are going through with your pup. My breed of choice is GSPs and they never grow up ! I have 2 ATM - 1 eight year old boy and a PITA ~ 12 month old girl. She is also coming off heat. So, hormone brain + a terrible teenager = heaps of fun ! A truly mind blowing combination and it has been the longest nearly 4 weeks ever !
Thanks RileyJ, and and also for all the links. I'm going to spend the evening reading your links. I'm really grateful for your advice ;-) Same goes for everyone else who has had some input :-)Most important thing you can do is have fun with your pup. Keep the training sessions short and sweet and always end your session on a positive note. Teaching your pup to use his brain is a fantastic bonding tool - and heaps of fun.
Good Luck !