Abandonment Training

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Abandonment Training
While out on a walk you meet up with another owner coming towards you with her dog walking in front of her. Your dog’s attention focuses on the approaching dog and starts pulling forward. You notice his tail rising above his back, ears forward and his hair rises in two places- on the scruff and just in front of his tail. This is all too familiar. A scrap looms.
You know that you must take responsibility for your dog but what to do this time? Pulling back on the leash in the past has caused more frustration and aggression in your dog. Yelling has no effect. You are embarrassed and frustrated because, “here we go again” the walk is going to be spoilt and you have to fight your dog to avoid a dog fight. Does this sound familiar? Read the rest of this entry »

Training tips

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Meeting a Dog
When you are introduced to a new dog or come across a dog that you do not know, make a habit of calling the dog to you rather than you going to the dog. The dog must show his willingness and friendliness by deciding to come to you or not. Over 95% of dog bites occur when people approach dogs.
Territorial behaviour
Often, when visiting homes, I find dogs fiercely barking at me at the gate. After ringing the bell I move as close to the gate as is safe and completely ignore the barking dogs by turning sideways to them and standing still. I do not look at them or try to speak to them while waiting for the owners to come. When the owners arrive the dogs have had a good sniff of me and are already turning away to allow me into their territory. The owners often respond with, “How on earth do you do that?” because their dogs do not usually allow people in without first being restrained by their owners.
The dogs must come to you. No confrontation must take place. No eye contact is made. They must see that you are not a threat. The dogs must lower their heads and/or move back to signal that it is safe for you to enter before moving forward.
Respect older dogs
Respect dogs especially older ones. No two dogs are the same. Four German shepherds or Labs may be in the same class but they will all be different in behaviour. It is the personality or temperament of a dog that drives their behaviour. Older dogs are more fixed in the way they react to people so they must be treated with more respect.
Avoid “encouraging” aggression
Many owners regularly walk their dog past homes where dogs run up and down their boundary barking loudly at passers-by. The dog out on a walk will retaliate by barking back at them and strain to get closer to the dogs behind the fence. The owner usually has a difficult time trying to control his dog. Within a short period the dog out on a walk starts anticipating a confrontation by straining on the leash long before he gets to the houses where dogs usually bark. Without realising it the owners are contributing to their dog’s aggression by regularly walking the same route and allowing their dog to walk in front of them. When walking past barking dogs shorten the leash to 1 foot (12 inches) and hurry past the property on the opposite side of the street.

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