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Old 06-16-2009, 03:20 PM
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how do I teach my dog to ignore other dogs?

My dog, Clover, LOVES other dogs. He is about 1yo, maybe a lab mix? I have had him for about 2mos. We have atleast one outing per day (except that one day during the lightening storm) most of our outings include interaction with other dogs, sometimes not. Clover has been like a dog from magic land to train. He is very smart, mellow, and trainable (he likes to learn) We have a couple of places that are great for off-leash exercise and I have almost no issues with him and re-call ( he is still learning) The only time we have difficulty is when there are other dogs present. How can I teach him that he just cannot greet every dog we come across without correcting him and making it a negative experience? I usually don't mind him saying hello but sometimes, this is not okay with the other dog, or people and I would like to be able to choose a little bit more, who he actually goes to greet.



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Is there a behavior he knows reeeeally well? That he loves to do? You can ask for that behavior in the presence of other dogs until they pass by. If he doesn't respond try better rewards (stinkier treats) and have the dogs be further away when you start. You can then build up to them being a few feet away.

is the issue when he's on leash or off?



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He knows sit and stay and if he is on leash, he will wait, off leash he will often stay, but only if I catch him in time to put him in a sit-stay before he sees the other dog and am near. I know that it is still early to expect him to be obedient in the presence of his greatest distraction but he just learns so dang fast! Plus I believe in training for recall rather than always having him leashed, sort of that what if he gets out etc. Am I just moving too fast in this direction? Should I just continue to work on the re-call? should i let him off leash less? if so, how can I reinforce him coming back if he is never away? thank you btw



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He knows sit and stay and if he is on leash, he will wait, off leash he will often stay, but only if I catch him in time to put him in a sit-stay before he sees the other dog and am near. I know that it is still early to expect him to be obedient in the presence of his greatest distraction but he just learns so dang fast!
start farther away and just progress quickly...it doesn't take long to go from 100 ft to 10ft


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Plus I believe in training for recall rather than always having him leashed, sort of that what if he gets out etc.

This is good training to have, keep working on it. If it falls apart around distractions theres som'thing called the "really really reliable recall"(you might be able to google it for more details.... basically you use wierd words as the cue (like duckduckgoose or som'thing equally silly) and when the dog returns you feed him treats one at a time for 30 seconds straight...great for emergencies.



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Am I just moving too fast in this direction? Should I just continue to work on the re-call? should i let him off leash less? if so, how can I reinforce him coming back if he is never away? thank you btw
Too fast...maybe a smidge...keep working on the recall...also you may want to buy a long line for him to drag around "off leash" so he can't get away if hes to excited to listen.

reward him and then throw the treat away from you...then mark the behavior for him returning and then throw the treat away again...

you can also walk away from the dog and when he gets to you say "yes" drop the treat and keep walking (great for teaching heel too).

Sounds like your doing good so far tho..keep it up.



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Thank you! I have so far been continuing on my way during our walks and he will come back after he greets the other dog but I hope that he can learn not to just go. I have been thinking over our training progress and I think my problem is that Clover is just so smart and he learns so quickly that I forget he is still a pup and have too high of expectations of him. I'm also a bit rusty with the dog training and I have not adopted an older dog before, nor have I ever had just one dog, creates a different type of training. He really is a brilliant dog...



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you have to make it more fun to be with you so he will ignore other dogs every time he goes to greet another dog of lead let him see u walk away and if you always carry treats he wont let u go too far. eventually he will learn
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