Any Advice?

See how tight my leash is in this picture? Yeah…you know there’s something out there that I want to chomp. In this instance, it’s a dog. Across the street. I can’t stand that dog. I growl, foam at the mouth and generally act like Barney Bad Ass while my peeps just stand there like nothing’s happening. (Like They learned in obedience school. Yep. They’re both very obedient now after taking that class!)

So here’s a question. I was just asked how to prevent a pooch from barking like crazy on a leash and jumping around at things like other dogs, squirrles, birds, people – you name it.

This poor pooch’s peep has to walk him late at night or early in the morning to avoid all this behavior.

I don’t know what to tell him. Really. I don’t. I only go crazy when this one particular dog is around. Otherwise, I’m a gem. A gentleman. A model for others to follow. Perfectly behaved Usually well behaved.

What You Learned Today:

  • I try to help my friends whenever possible.
  • This one guy is having trouble on the leash.
  • He’s crated during the day.
  • Is destructive out of his crate.
  • And hates to see his peep leave.
  • Oh boy. Lots going on here.
  • Can you help?
  • What shall I tell him?

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33 Responses to Any Advice?

  1. kingsimba says:

    Just tell him to watch and learn…follow your lead…You seem pretty pawsome! 🙂

  2. Oh yah, this is MSD Duffy in a nutshell, certain dogs make him crazy, OK, ALL dogs we pass except his two best-neighbor-friend-dogs. (I swear sometimes he’s airborne pulling so hard on the leash.) For training it’s been suggested to stop, make him sit, calm him down, and then give him a small treat. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT! A. the peeps never remember the treats every time he needs to go out, and B. I think (know) Duffy thinks we’re rewarding him for that bad behavior that he thinks he’s protecting us.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Stuart. I have noticed that the more my people hunker down on my leash to restrain me from something the more I NEED to go after it. So, they’ve wised up and haven’t done that so much and I seem to be a little more passive about some of my arch enemies, etc. Just a thought. What works for one doesn’t for another though…..

  4. diane monteverde says:

    We carry a small squirt bottle with us and then we squirt him which he does not like,

    This really helps when he barks at other dogs and goes crazy after bicycles

  5. diane monteverde says:

    And don’t forget those extra special treats when he comes down quickly

  6. Dougall says:

    I have bee going to doggy school, and the lady there said, that if your dog looks at another dog and doesn’t bark or carry on your must reward them with a tasty treat right away, and do it every time they display that desired behaviour. She said it would eventually help me calm down around other dogs… Here’s hoping!!

  7. edgar says:

    A trainer once suggested to us to immediately change direction as soon as I started reacting to another dog/squirrel/pedestrian/what-have-you. That & the sitting calmly thing …a combo of those seemed have helped me to not act like a Barney bad ass. Now if mum sees something she thinks will make me lose my marbles she tells me calm & low to “be good-good boy-be good” till we pass whatever it was

    Edgar & his mum

  8. Daisy says:

    Touchy situation…sounds like you can’t help that other dog without insulting the owner. There are just some animals and people that we are NOT going to like–that’s a fact. Glad your peeps are so well trained. Give them some green beans.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  9. Piper MacT says:

    whoa, dejaveau or however you spell that…I’m vote 441 for you, which just happens to be Dad’s old Sqn number. Silver Fox Sqn of the RCAF.
    I’m generally pretty mellow, but there is one wee terrier I cannot stand, nobody knows why as he has never done anything to me. Still to be fair there is one Westie who cannot stand me, and we live in the same building and come from the same breeder. Strange that isn’t it?

  10. Kyla says:

    Stuart, I can fix your problem. I charge $250.00 per hour for psychiatric problems with a five hour minimum, do you have your MasterCard ready? If I’m too expensive, see Lucy-she only charges $0.05!

  11. Jazzi says:

    I do the same thing but yah only to certain dogs. I go walk by some dogs and not even give a care but some, I realy just want to play!! So I dont have much advice for ya sorry!!


  12. robynwp says:

    Gosh your friend sounds frustrated to us…and perhaps a little sad & insecure. Could his huuman not maybe consult with an animal behaviourist, his dogter may be able to recommend someone.

  13. mollieandalfie says:

    I USE to do that ..not anymore..Humom got a poofer collar..It squirts air.So when I was really naughty..poof..and I stoped. Now I’m the perfect lady out on walks..well almost 🙂
    Mollie and Alfie

  14. That poor pooch needs some help. If the separation issues can be resolved, so many other things fall into place. A doggy companion is often the easiest solution but seeing a behaviour therapist can help enormously. We wish them (and therefore you) luck 😉

  15. Cinderella does that sometimes. Momma says that avoidance is the best strategy. She’ll immediately turn and start walking the other way, or try to get to where a car or something is between our vision and the other dog. Plus she really, really praises us if we ever encounter another dog and DON’T go nuts (which is getting a lot more common now!).

  16. We all have our ‘triggers’ it is usually best to just avoid them but if you can’t – it is all about taking your mind off the trigger – step in front and block the view – offer a treat – squeak a toy….etc

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