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!