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Old 08-05-2018, 09:49 PM
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Dog barks/cries to other dogs (slip leash)

Hi everyone,

I've been reading the forum a bit and now registered to ask my own question. First of all though - apologies for my terrible English.

Our small dog (cavalier king charles cross pomeranian) is absolutely lovely... except with other dogs.

Let me explain:

He was trained when he was a puppy and for the first 4 years, he was totally fine with other dogs. We then had to leave for in Japan (when there is a 6 months dog quarantine period that we didn't want him to go through) so a friend of us took care of him for a little more than 6 months. We them got him back and we now live in Canada.

Since we got him back, he keeps barking to other dogs. Not in an aggressive way, he is just over happy to see other dogs and I guess he is frustrated not to be able to approach them. Once he sees a dog, he wants to rush to him and say hello but in a very hyperactive way. Of course in these conditions we don't let him, which results in him crying/barking in the same time.

One day, the leash broke and he ran to another dog; he was not aggressive at all but kept smelling the dog that was walking backwards when seeing so much energy from my dog. He probably saw it as an intrusive behaviour.

Anyway, no need to have much dog experience to understand that our friend has not walked our dog much and he lost the abilities to be social to other dogs.

We tried different things: bringing him to a park (absolute nightmare..), scolding him, giving him treats when he sees another dog etc... nothing worked.

We then hired a trainer to get professional help. The trainer gave us a slip leash and walked around the district with us. In 90 minutes, our dog was no longer pulling the leash and was so tired that after seeing a few dogs and being "corrected", he did not want to bark to the last dog we met.

While I see some results with this method, I am also concern about my dog since a lot of people say the slip leash is bad for him. I'm fine to be told it's a bad method, but most people don't suggest anything else except "put positivity in your dog" which trust me he would absolutely not care about.

So, my question:

- Has someone been through the same situation and has the slip leash totally solved the problem?

- Is the slip leash that bad for a dog? Mine looks fine, although he really looks like hating it because it makes him frustrated not to be able to bark at other dogs as he would like to.

I would be grateful if anyone could share his/her similar experience and/or tips.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-05-2018, 11:31 PM
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I too used corrections for a time, then it stopped working.

I found that teaching a heel was the best thing I could do and the moment she looks like she's leaving heel we adjust distance, rewards etc to maintain the behavior.
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Hi, my little dog is always very keen to kiss & smell other dogs, & I always let her if the other dogs friendly. She has occasionally barked at dogs when walking if theyre across the road to get their attention. She's walked on a harness. I stop & say shush, not loudly & wait til the dog passes. If she keeps barking, I pick her up & say shush shush be quiet, in her ear. I say it quietly & then put her back down to continue walking. This works. I noticed that when I was loud to her, she thought I was joining in & barked more. If I talk quietly, then she gets the idea oh we are both being quiet now 😏
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@Chas - well my dog is still OK with corrections, unless he gets too excited.

@[email protected] - it sounds like your dog is pretty reasonable! We used to pick him up when we met other dogs, it made things worst and he became uncontrollable.
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@matt66 that was the problem, Echo just escalated so that every reaction was a big one.

This is a very non-corrective forum. From your comments it seems like you want affirmation about your current technique in both ethics and results. I'm not sure you'll find that here. Your trainer should be able to give you the answers you want and there will ALWAYS be people that disagree with what you do, no matter what method you use.

I recently read a blog where the trainer blamed not correcting dogs for fatal dog attacks. A topic that has so many contributing factors boiled down to a method war. The dog training world is a bit of a minefield at the moment.
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