I need some help with my 15 month old boy Diesel. Diesel is a very friendly dog i.e he will play with anything that will give him the time of day, he is protective of his house and will always bark at strangers etc but once accepted into the house he is fine.
When he was about 6 months old we were at better pets and gardens and a 9 month old boxer pup ( who was very small compared to diesel) jumped on his head trying to play... diesel got very uptight and growled and snapped at him... from then on whenever on the lead he gets very protective, barking etc at other dogs.
i know that some of it comes from me through the lead because he is so big and alot of people look terrified when they see him coming their way. So i often take him off the other way or hold onto him as we walk past as hes a big of a sticky beak.
If we are stopped (e.g the other day we were out the front getting into car and a dog walked past and he went ballistic) he will bark lunge etc and i have to pull him away and sit him down. If we are walking and walk straight past the dog he will just try to turn around and sniff the other dog...
I want to help him and i know that i am a big cause ( it doesnt help if theirs kids etc as i get so worried hell knock one down because hes so playful)
Any help much appreciated.
p.s sorry for the novel lol