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Old 06-19-2018, 10:14 PM
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I trained my dog to do the follow method when walking it worked to well

Okay so I'm a professional dog walker, and have been self teaching myself to train dogs to make my job easier. My dog a 2 year husky kept getting aggressive with the dogs I walked trying to assume dominance. So I talked to a professional trainer and they said I should walk in the lead when walking her and she following to be the alpha and aggressiveness would stop. So I ask her a little about it that she would give me for free, and figured out the rest on how to train my dog on my own. So here's the good news, she isn't trying to claim dominance anymore, and she doesn't pull and is calm on the walk and well behaved. The down side, she is a totally different dog now, instead of having so much energy she need more then four hours of walks a day like she did for the last year and a half, three is now more then enough. And when she isn't walking she just lies there and doesn't play with her toys, or want to play with me anymore. I used to grab her face and shake it a little and that would get her all riled up and she would play, now she just lies there and takes it. It's like by assuming rule of the alpha in our relationship I broke her wild spirit. My parents had a golden retriever who didn't get this calm until she was six, my dog is a husky and she is 2. Then sometimes wild and crazy husky is why I got her, and now she won't even run wildly around the park when I let her off leash. Is this temporary, or is it the price I pay for training her to not try to be dominant?
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What methods did you use exactly? How did you train her to do this? How did you show your “dominance”?
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If it is not the result of aging out of play, yes I think it's the price of being overbearing. Dogs naturally want to get out ahead & run and run free.

You can never take back the past, but I would see about the future. Dogs are mostly resilient, but you may need to re-frame things.
I have a rescue dog that is naturally very submissive and was likely 'trained differently' from folks on this forum.

They can regain their confidence, you don't need to be permissive of innappropriate behaviour, you need to set aside times and places where your dog can 'be a dog', and you can be 'undominant'.

All dogs are different, but here are some things I do with my dog.
1. tug of war, dog wins all the time. My guy is a reluctant tugger, so I use a toy with a food pouch, lots of tossing away from, no eye contact, often a two fingered grip, I run away, always, never towards. Sometimes I just sit on the ground and let him bring me the toy, toss it, there are many other tricks to getting this game to work.
2. keeping it easy, easy commands, high value rewards, 1 or two commands (assuming your dog knows these) & reward & freedom. Tossing the reward, a tidbit or toy is even better, as the dog is encouraged to chase & move away from you.
3. Look up pushing exercise natural dog training (it's a thing). I'm not into the method, but the pushing exercise teaches the dog to feel comfortable to push into you for food in your hand, it's a confidence builder and easy and dog oriented.
4. don't beat yourself up for your mistakes, feeling guilty does not help your dog one little bit, instead, make it a goal to lead your dog towards fun, right now it may be as small as tossing tidbits across the ground and once he grabs one, toss another.
5. Look up Collared Scholar (my favourite), and see if you can sign up on her Dogpark Facebook group. You will get non-judgemental help to increase your dogs confidence & joy in training.
Good luck, and have fun with your dog.
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