Can you relate to this? You're out for a walk with your dog, you're relaxed and enjoying your walk, when you see another dog coming towards you...
...your heart starts to race, because you know how your lovely but very dominant dog is going to react, with aggression, pulling and barking like mad, it's embarrassing and frightening at the same time.
You don't know how the other dog will react, or the owner!
Even though both dogs are on a leash, if the other dog gets too close it will set your dog off, you know you're going to be in for another unpleasant encounter.
Your dog starts barking and snarling, pulling you off your feet.
You try to find an escape route, but it's too late, your dog is in full Dominant dog mode.
You've tried everything from tugging on the lead, yelling at the dog, you even tired a different harness collar and lead, distracting them with treats but nothing worked.
It turns a beautiful relaxing walk into a nightmare! and you don't get a chance to chat to people on your walk because your dog is so anti social.
Where did it all go wrong? You've almost given up hope.
The thing that dog owners and trainers need to understand is that if the dog has been getting the wrong message at home, it's too late when you see another dog coming down the street to turn it around.
Here's the thing... dogs are not as complicated as humans, they don't care about the size of the T.V. or a faster car, or a luxurious holiday, they may be intelligent but they are also simple animals, dogs are all about SURVIVAL Full Stop. This means protecting their property and the pack, especially when they are outside the home.
If you think about this, they are pack animals and they only understand leaders and followers, as leaders they decide what is dangerous and take the initiative to protect the pack.
So your dog thinks it's the pack leader and sees another strange dog approaching, they will show their pack leaders skills by walking right up to the other dog, head up, chest out, tail up, growling and barking in an attempt to get the other dog to back down.
And that's when all hell breaks loose.
But don't blame the dog, what started this was you giving them the message that they were the pack leader in the first place!
That they were in charge in your home...
This is where I found Doggy Dan's training method so helpful.
He really understands how your dog thinks and he's able to help you to show your dog that YOU are the pack leader. And the on line site shows you how simple this is to do.
Dan even offers YOU a 3 Day $1 trial of the site that you can take advantage of. The really nice part is that everything he does is done in such a kind and gentle way. He simply uses 5 Golden Rules.
Wait till you see how Doggy Dan's pack act around other dogs they don't overplay their role because they all know that he is the pack leader and so they can relax.. Now every dog is different, some can be more dominant than others, some will be more submissive.
But as long as YOU are the pack leader, it won't matter what type your dog is, that's the secret. Once this is established, you'll find training will be so much easier.
You'll find you'll only need a gentle word of warning, a slight pull of their lead or a food treat distraction will work really well.
It's not to say that the training techniques you are using at present aren't good, but with no strong foundation, they just won't work for you.
In Summary: Once the other dog shows up, you're dog is not going to take any notice of you because they have bigger things to worry about. Like protecting their pack (which is you)
So, YOU need to become the pack leader to turn it around. Doggy Dan has given me some great training tricks to pass on to you, if you follow these you'll have a calmer dog when the other dog approaches.
Check them out...
But remember, the foundation of YOU as pack leader HAS to be in place first.
- Food distractions: If you dog loves food, this approach can work well, the key though is to use the food as a distraction, not a reward!
- Don't reward the dog after it has lunged towards the other dog.
- Use food they wouldn't normally have as often, such as cheese or chicken, don't use their normal biscuits.
- Take it slowly: Remember it takes time, so be patient, you can't expect miracles overnight. Unless you've just put the pack leader rules in place!
- Going slow can build their confidence, if you push forward too fast, that's when things can go wrong.
- Master the walk: You need to make sure that you've mastered the walk before you meet the other dog, you may need to look at a different collar, other than a flat collar, the chest harness is easier to control some dogs with.
- Stay focused on what you want: Don't get sucked in to following our dog's behaviour, remember you need to continue to show them exactly how you want them to behave
- Be ready to step in: Stay focused on the best results but ready to gently tug or guide your dog away to correct them.
Remember to relax immediately afterwards, dogs sense your tension.
The thing I love about this method is that it works with your dogs instincts. For instance, we know that it is natural in the dog world for one dog to be above the other in a pack, you can't change that in a dog's behaviour.
But if you position yourself as the top dog in the pack, they will be less likely to become overly protective, tense, aggressive and dominant and take things too far.
Take a look at look at this great video of two dogs playing at being dominant and submissive.
If you're ready to take control back from your dog and become the gentle and kind pack leader they are looking for then get your 3 day $1 trial and take a look around this amazing site, I think you'll LOOVE Doggy Dan's method of Training.
P.S. Remember that leaving it till the other dog is approaching is too late, get help for your dog now and sort out the problem so you can turn things around, your dog is just waiting for you to give him the right message.