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Hi All,

New to this forum but seeking some help. May be a long post so my apologies in advance.

About 2 months ago I rescued a 5-6 year old from The Humane Society in NYC. We named the Maltese/Westie mix Odie and he is 1 step away from being the perfect dog.

Since we don't know his upbringing, we don't know why, he just gets really, really aggressive if he sees another dog on the street. It's a mix of barking, howling, screaming & crying. It literally sounds like he's getting beaten up and it just simply is a dog across the street.

What we've noticed, is that he only does this on the leash. I've taken him to a dog park and he wants nothing to do with other dogs. He stands there staring at them from a distance and if the other dogs come near, he gives them side-eye and tries to walk away.

He's young, energetic and has a great personality, just that he becomes extremely leash reactive to other dogs on the street, and being in NYC, it isn't easy to just avoid other dogs.

I've been doing clicker training for a week, and he knows that if I click the clicker, to pay attention to me. But, when he's going on his hissy-fit, the clicker doesn't matter. His adrenaline is up and nothing else matters.

Any advice/help/tips/NYC dog trainers would be greatly appreciated. It's quite embarrassing when he does this and I will do what it takes to get him to just walk right past another dog.

Thanks in advance


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Get his attention, then click and treat. Get a very tasty treat (dehydrated liver is the winner for my guys) get eye contact with him, click, treat. The clicker is supposed to mean he did something right. The goal is for him look at you an expect a treat if another dog comes along. A head harness might help, but get him used to is slowly. Let him wear it around the house first and during feedings. Make it a fun experience.
By the way. he is a cutie.
 
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