Question: Stroppy dog, Wanganui, New Zealand

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Question: Stroppy dog, Wanganui, New Zealand

Question: Stroppy dog, Wanganui, New Zealand
Hi I have a female dog that used to be really friendly until she saw my other male dog get attacked by a dog. Now when in the street (on a lead) she will go for other dogs. How can I stop this???
Posted: 20/10/2005

Answer: Stroppy dog
You need to practice two things with your stroppy dog. Ignore and diversion! You will probably find that your dog is reacting to your initial response from when your other dog was attacked. If your dog 'goes' for another dog, do not react - simply turn the other way and walk away (with your dog). 30 seconds later, offer your pooch a treat and lots of praise for a job well done. But the key is to totally ignore the bad behaviour, and divert your dogs attention. I have found this method to work well with the dogs I care for. I neither punish or over react with bad behaviour, I simply pull them out of the situation very neutrally. Then once they are displaying suitable behaviour on their own accord, i reward them with lots of love, treats and praise. If this does not help, you may like to seek some suitable training with in a group. This may help your dog to re-socialise in a controlled environment.
Posted: 07/11/2005

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