Wow, Bev is just gorgeous! I just love her eyes in the first pic, they just look so effin sweet and soulful. She looks adorable with the EasyWalk on! And I especially love the pic of her 'smiling'. Can't get enough of Pittie smiles!
Did you say you've had her 5 days?WHOOPWHOOPWHOOP I think the first thing you need is more time with her. She has to learn to trust and feel safe with you. Callie too is an American bully. We've had him maybe five months now and I still keep a good distance from other dogs on walks. He seems calm with seeing other dogs and gets along beautifully with our Sophie, an AmStaff. But with strange dogs I just don't want to take the chance, bullies are so fast and strong when they do react. I think it wise for you to keep a distance from strange dogs at least for awhile until you've gotten better aquainted with each other.
Thanks everyone! Yeah, that's the plan my girlfriend and I are taking - walking in a different direction or turning around walking in the same direction as the strange dog. And of course bringing plenty of treats / toys to divert her attention if for some reason we can't do any of the above. also knowing where the strange dog is and how close. And watching Bev's signals and behavior, not the strange dog. I'm a first time owner, and sometimes I'm watching what the strange dog is doing and not my own, which is backwards.
I was thinking of getting a Halti head collar. What is everyone's thoughts on Halti collars?? Posted via Mobile Device
I try to focus on both the strange dog's behavior as well as my own dog's. It can be hard, but do-able. Spend a few seconds reading the other dog, and if it's clear there's going to be nose-to-nose contact, or Bev is signaling she's uncomfortable, turn right around happily. Look at her, and make it a training exercise. It makes it a lot less awkward, haha. I know it can feel weird to see a neighbor with their dog that is looking right at you and saying hello, and have to rudely turn around and walk away. I just make it clear i'm training him, and they don't seem offended.
I personally wouldn't recommend a Halti for her. Did the rescue give you the EasyWalk she had on? If that doesn't work for her, read the loose-leash walking thread, watch the videos, and either use the word "yes!" or use a clicker, and start working with her. As an APBT, it shouldn't take her long at all when it's made into a training exercise/game. If it seems like learning just another fun trick, she'll catch on fast.
Ok, I've seen some videos on clicker training. it seems to work well. I think she'll catch onto it fast. I watched the "let's go" video. she can be a little stubborn on walks, but has become way better since we adopted her. whenever she puts on the brakes I say "let's go", enticing/giving her treats. And as she gets going I give her a big treat, it seems to be working well. she's beginning to associate walks with lots of treats and more treats as she trots along, and of course with going to the bathroom on her walks.
yes, the easy walker works great. We adopted her from Animal Haven in Manhattan. they have a small store with food and supplies right in the rescue. they recommended the easy walker. I was thinking of the Halti collar in a "worst case scenario" situation. Posted via Mobile Device
Not a fan of Halti's for dogs that are strong and that will quickly lunge at prey or other pets. The Halti works by turning the dogs head if it pulls. A lunge is basically a very fast and very strong pull and wearing a Halti can cause neck damage. I'd stick with the easy walk harness and training.