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Hi, we have rescued a Briard from Spain, he is approx two years old. We have come across a couple of problems. We have another two dogs. One is a bitch of two and the other a male of four years old.

1) When the Briard (Hudson) is playing with the two year old Bitch (Nala), the four year old (Charlie) starts barking and then jumps on Nala and seems to tell her off.

2) Whilst out walking today Hudson reacted to another dog, he was lunging and barking. Very hard to control, he is currently underweight at 20kg but will be putting on weight so will be impossible to control if this continues.


can anyone offer any advice on either or both of these problems please????
 

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Hi,

Welcome to dog forum.

How long have you had Hudson? Where did you get him from? Do you know anything about his history? Are your other two dogs neutered? Is Hudson neutered?

Best thing to do when Hudson engages in behavior you don't like is to distract him. You should also reward him for behaviors you like.

When out walking with Hudson, don't get close enough to other dogs that he starts lunging and barking. Take lots of treats with you, cut up into tiny pieces, and when Hudson sees another dog - from a distance - start feeding him treats until the other dog is out of sight. This is called counter-conditioning, and the goal is to change Hudson's emotional reaction at seeing other dogs from 'negative' to 'positive'. Eventually, when he sees another dog he'll look at you instead of barking and lunging.

Don't worry about always having to have treats for the rest of Hudson's life. Once he becomes calm around other dogs, you'll be able to phase out the treats.

You should look into a positive-only behaviorist or trainer to assess all three dogs and their interactions. They can give you much better advice than anyone on an internet forum.

In the meantime, here are a couple of resources that may help you.
Care for Reactive Dogs
Fearfuldogs.com
 

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