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My 1 year old Labrador/Golden retriever mix has not been socialized well (I think), and I'm at my wit's end!

She walks on a leash well until we see a person with a dog, then she slams her butt onto the ground and waits until the dog is close. Then she lunges so hard towards the dog that my arm practically pulls out of its socket! When she's at dog parks, dog beach, and doggie daycare she plays intensely with other dogs. She wraps her arms around their necks, bites their lips/mouths, and runs so close to them that she collides with them. Most dogs get annoyed with her and growl at her until she stops.

She was temperament tested at daycare, and they said she's not aggressive -just SUPER friendly. But her friendliness is causing some problems! She freaks out if she's inside and she hears another dog outside. She scratches on the front door, whines, and barks to go out. Walks are a nightmare in my neighborhood because there are SO many other dogs. Also, we just moved to a new apartment complex and two of my neighbors have big dogs too. They play together in the gated yard, but my dog (Indie) drives everyone else up a wall with her intensity. I've heard my new neighbors call her "the new crazy dog."

We adopted her at 11 weeks old, and when she was old enough we took her to tons of dog parks and dog beaches so she could get socialized. But she is isolated when she's home, and I think that's the problem. I work 8 hours a day, and she's alone during that time. But she gets a LONG walk in the mornings, and again before dinner. And now that we live in this new apartment she gets plenty of interaction with other dogs. In the evening hours, she plays in the yard with me, other dogs, and two neighbor kids for hours playing ball.

My question is - will she grow out of this? Or have I done some irreparable damage in her first year by not socializing her enough?

P.S. we tried to do the training thing where we get her attention on me when a dog is nearby and try to keep her calm. But unless I have food on me (and I don't always), she doesn't give two flips about giving me attention. When I have treats, she can do anything. She knows sit, stay, come, leave it, up, down, etc. When I don't have treats, she ignores me completely.

Any advice is welcome!
 

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Oh, Echo does this! She is a 5 months old border collie, she does this with people, bikes and dogs. Two weeks ago my trainer suggested a dynamic approach with loose leash walking. When echo sees someone we turn around the moment she gets excited then circle around and repeat, she's getting the idea now and can walk past people some of the time. I treat after we turn around and as we pass the source of excitement. We still sit sometimes but we "look at that" get treated at the side so she has to turn away and gradually move to "look at me" if she can then walk away with a "lets go". I don't think you've done damage, shes just doing what you've trained her to do 'sit when an interesting thing appears'. I would keep going with treats until you can walk past dogs without issue.
 

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Sounds like she just needs more rules and discipline (not to be confused with punishment) as well as exercise. Look up trainers in your area, make sure to read reviews and come in for a consultation before you commit.
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You haven't done anything wrong. She's still quite young, and larger breeds tend to mentally mature later than smaller ones. It sounds like she is playing like a puppy...usually other dogs will excuse bouncy, too-exciting behaviour from a puppy because other dogs just know the puppy is young. But as a puppy matures, other dogs will start to tell that dog off if that dog is too 'in your face' in its greeting or exhuberant play style. The other dog may bark at your dog, growl, etc or do a little correction. I think one of the best ways for your pup to learn to greet and play politely with other dogs is to have your pup play with well-behaved adults who can teach your pup.

My pup will jump and wrestle all day long with other dogs if they let him. He's a rough and tumble kind of player. I've noticed older dogs do not like this (only younger dogs like or tolerate it) and the older dogs have told him off...so my dog learned he can't do this with all dogs, hah ha.

As for your dog loving other dogs - my 1 year old dog LOVES other dogs too. If he spots a dog, sometimes, he'll just whine and whine to meet them. It's just continued training on distraction and focus work on my part...yes, it feels like a lot of work sometimes! Argh
 

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I have to say, she sounds like a one year old Lab. :p
 
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I agree with the others. this is pretty normal behaviour for an adolescent Labrador Retriever.
make sure, while she is like that, that you keep your dog away from other dogs on a leash. they can avoid her and with some dogs the time between a warning growl and a face snap is very short.
Plus some people might get scared or made bad experiences in their past and hurt the dog because they want to keep it away from them and/or their dog.

I think you can't do more than kreep your dog by your side a lot of for socialising.
take your dog with you when you do grocery shopping, sit down into a street café or restaurant (ask if you're allowed to train "stay quiet" there and chose a time when there aren't much customers around), sit down on a park bench and let her watch and dogs quietly without being allowed to go after them.
let him be a part of your life outside the house as much as possible.
best is to do socialising that after the dog is exercised, so he doesn't have so much pent up energy.
socialising is a more than just getting along with dogs.
it's also knowing how to behave in social situation with children and people. and generally staying civil and leash-leadable even in distracting surroundings.

it's good to have a redirection cue ("Look!" for example) to turn you attention to you. I'd train it in a low-stimuli area and then slowly move on to more exciting surroundings.

for the lunging problem, it can sometimes help using a handfree leash, but generally if you know trhe behaviour process, redirect at the very beginning of the behaviour chain isntead of let her go through all the stages.
for now I'd teach her that she won't have contact to other dogs when she's leashed.

And of course make sure you exercise your dog enough.
A young Lab has a lot of power, spent 2-3 hours every day for training and exercise, so she's receptive for the socialising and not in the overly excited "OMG"! I just spend 8 hours staring at the door and finally something happens!" -state of mind.
 
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