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Old 02-05-2019, 01:56 PM
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I have a 5 y/o female pointer mastiff mix that I adopted just over a year ago. She was very traumatized at first and has made a huge amount of progress but there is one behavior that we haven't been able to get to grips with. When Moomin (our dog) is in the garden and sees another dog going down the street she get's tunnel vision. She barks and runs up and down the fence and nothing can get her to stop. I realize that a lot of dogs do this and that she's protecting her territory. The problematic part is that she has zero spacial awareness and is constantly injuring herself whilst doing this. Yesterday she ripped off a claw, last month she gouged lumps out of her muzzle and still has a big white scar on her nose. She runs through rose bushes, bashes her head on the wall and trips and falls on the steps. We had to take her to the vet once when she came back in with a big hole in her leg (we have NO idea how she managed to do that one as our garden is a pretty safe environment). When she comes back in from doing this she acts nervous (low fast wagging tail) as though she knows that she shouldn't be doing it. We don't mind a bit of a warning bark if someone walks past but it'd be great if we could get her to stop the crazy running. Any ideas?
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Zoomin Moomin- if I had a zoomin moomin, I would trim the rosebush down & put some mesh fencing around it, double check the fence moomins hurting herself on & fix anything sticking out. I would apply training so she learns limits. I would go out & click a lead on say click down & or sit & show her the treat, when she's down on all fours and or sitting give the treat + pat praise. Then click quiet treat pat praise for silence, come with me- show treat, lead her away from the fence, treat pat praise. etc etc If you can start it before moomin zooms- even better but you may have to work up to that. Once thats established you dont need a lead on & moomin should be zoomin to you when you call her. I also say watch out !stop! if my dogs racing like a lunatic & its not safe- she's learnt what stop means by on lead training first- then responds to voice command off lead.
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Zoomin Moomin- if I had a zoomin moomin, I would trim the rosebush down & put some mesh fencing around it, double check the fence moomins hurting herself on & fix anything sticking out. I would apply training so she learns limits. I would go out & click a lead on say click down & or sit & show her the treat, when she's down on all fours and or sitting give the treat + pat praise. Then click quiet treat pat praise for silence, come with me- show treat, lead her away from the fence, treat pat praise. etc etc If you can start it before moomin zooms- even better but you may have to work up to that. Once thats established you dont need a lead on & moomin should be zoomin to you when you call her. I also say watch out !stop! if my dogs racing like a lunatic & its not safe- she's learnt what stop means by on lead training first- then responds to voice command off lead.
haha! Zoomin Moomin! So good! Yes I think you're right. I probably need to go back to basics and clicker training to work on her recall. I think I need to always have treats on me as when we do training sessions and she knows the treats are there she's perfect. Then when she doesn't think I've got any she doesn't respond to commands at all. We do have a project to put up nose-protecting bamboo on the wall and gate this spring. Mesh fencing is out as she manages to hurt herself on it (gets her claws stuck and cuts her nose on the edges) but I know I have to brainstorm some kind of barrier to protect her and the plants.
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ok, Yeah it depends on the dog I think, mines often not interested in the treats but I found using pats praise still works. becos of this I was able to phase treats out at around 2 yrs & she still responds for pats praise. ☺️ Sounds like we have a plan underway then . . . thats great. Thanx for the feedback -keep us posted on your moomins progress. I use a hardy mesh which is little squares & finished on the edges no spikey parts & she leaves it alone, the holes are too small for her nails to hook into. But bamboo sounds good.
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I agree with trying to protect your dog by cutting down bushes or putting a smaller fence around the bushes. I have one that is the same way - goes nuts when she sees people in the street and there's no way to get her attention.
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