Introducing your dog to other dogs calmly.
Probably the most common difficulties that people encounter on the walk is the over enthusiastic dog, and trying to introduce them to other dogs on the leash.
Everything from Great Danes to Chihuahua’s may get so excited it seems like they will explode. Now there is practically nothing worse than whenever they try to meet other dogs and they are practically pulling you over and dragging you along. It is sometimes scary, dangerous, embarrassing then rapidly escalates until you are feeling out of control and at the mercy of your dog.
Aggression or Excitement?
It is sometimes quite hard to tell what they are experiencing and feeling. The behaviour is quite commonly a mixture of both excitement and stress. This nevertheless is not a very good condition for your dog to meet up with other dogs in as there may be far more possibility that things will go wrong, particularly as time goes by if it goes uncontrolled. Visualize it from the other dog’s perspective as your dog draws near rearing up on their hind legs, barking, eyes bulging, gasping for air… you’ve got the picture.
Just how can you avoid this kind of a situation? Within this post, I will address the three options available to you. After this you will have a straightforward, basic procedure to select one of the three and head out to and practice with your dog. Developing a definite plan of action is the first stage to achieving success.
To begin with, it is very important to be very clear that you have ONLY three options available. And secondly, you should have established yourself as the leader of the pack – this really is crucial.
Approach the other dog – Your dog is calm therefore you decide to simply approach the other dog on the leash. Yes, that is the objective! Keep in mind that we are planning to reward good behaviour therefore you should not get in the way in this situation. Remain quiet as you walk your dog in the direction of the other dog and allow them to meet. Put simply, stay out of it and do not upset the relaxed environment which you have in front of you.
Stay well away – Imagine your dog barking like mad, totally out of control… this is when your instinct recognizes that it’s preferable not to go and visit the other dog therefore you are better off simply just walking past. It could be for a lot of reasons. You might feel that you do not have time to work with your dog and calm the dog down, the other dog might not appear eager to play, perhaps they appear just a little hesitant, old or small. Another important reason to do this would be to show your dog that there are occasions you simply will not get to meet and sniff every dog on the walk. This is how it will be in life, so get comfortable with it!
Calm your dog down then plan – Put simply perform some training to calm and divert your dog. Once you have performed this you could potentially approach the other dog or not. The option is always yours. The crucial point to remember is the fact that you are spending time out to show your dog that when they calm down (even a little bit) good stuff happen. With time your dog begins to discover that the calmer they are the more probability there is of meeting up with the other dogs.
What is the correct option for me?
All three options are the appropriate option at diverse situations. In other words, I still choose all three options for my dogs determined by the circumstance.
Younger dogs will most likely require a bit more calming than more mature dogs and this training will certainly pay off in due course.
Guaranteeing it will work
As I alluded to previously, you really must have the pack leader foundations in place before you can have confidence in how you dog will react in different circumstances. Learning Doggy Dan’s five Golden Rules of becoming the Pack Leader will give you the assurance that you are in charge and you dog is looking up to you and respecting you for all the decision making. Visit Doggy Dan’s video website here to learn how to become the Pack Leader
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The fatal mistake to avoid.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make is rewarding bad behaviour. Imagine a little dog barking because they wish to meet another dog on the other side of the street. If you simply cross over and meet them, even though the meeting goes well you have rewarded your dogs barking and excitement. This excitement will increase every time your dog sees a dog on the walk until it is almost unbearable and you realize you have a problem!
All dogs can learn to be calm as they approach other dogs, it just takes a bit of commitment from you to turn them around but it is not complicated once you know how. Take the time at home to establish yourself as the pack leader so that any training you do has the maximum impact. Remember the more your dog sees you as the one in charge, the more notice they will take of you and what you are doing!
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