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post #1 of 39 Old 07-31-2012, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation need help with my dog!!

hello and thank you for clicking on this. My dog is the sweetest thing on earth.
she only has one problem and thats meeting new dogs when she's on the leash.
it's fine if she knows the dog but if she dosent then things can get ugly. I dont under stand she's not a rescue she wasent like this at the start. Oh, by the way, i'm 85 pounds and she's 50 and can really move to.
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post #2 of 39 Old 07-31-2012, 01:28 AM
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That really isn't enough information for any one to know what is going on. Sounds like you need a trainer. Not from petsmart, a real trainer. You could be cauing this, or she could have problems, but non of us can really help you over the internet with this.
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post #3 of 39 Old 07-31-2012, 01:37 AM
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I have a weimareiner that is the exact same way. Honestly, it has never changed with him. We can bring other dogs into the yard but he is never very friendly and if they get to much in his space he lets them know. The only time that he has actually fully gone after a dog was when a loose dog nipped at our other dog and he didn't take that well, although he didnt hurt the dog that I know of he just chased it really far away. Sometimes it is hard to walk him, I dont know if you are familiar with weimareiners but they are big too.. mine is 75 pounds but when I know a dog is around I grab him close to the collar so I have a good hold of him until we make our way past the other dog. Im not sure how aggressive your dog is with other dogs, mine I was just able to manage because it only went bad if the dog made a move like nipping towards him or my other dog. He is 12 now and he has calmed down a bit but still doesnt like unfamiliar dogs, we never did anything to change the behavior other then let him know he was a bad boy, we just learned to deal with it which sometimes was very inconvenient. Maybe someone else will have some advice to change the behavior, I can just say I have a dog just like it.

Be really careful though if you dont feel like you can hold him down.. I know one time my dog took off running towards another loose dog in the neighborhood and I literally went flying, I was completely off my feet but I somehow got lucky and landed it. My mom was also walking him and wasnt completely paying attention and he pulled the wrong way her arm couldnt support and she fell right down so just be careful.

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post #4 of 39 Old 07-31-2012, 01:41 AM
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When I say we never really did anything with it I mean as far as getting a trainer. We did discipline him ourselves but he is such a meat head he doesnt really care, and luckily he wasnt aggressive enough to hurt another dog he would just kinda bark and growl at it and when on a leash try to get to it.... sorry I read that again and thought I should make myself a little more clear

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post #5 of 39 Old 07-31-2012, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
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The thing is that Ruby (that's my dog's name by the way) is fine of leash and loves familiar AND unfamiliar dogs alike I just don't get her.
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post #6 of 39 Old 07-31-2012, 09:02 AM
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If she is fine off leash but not on leash, then she is probably picking up on your insecurity and nervousness about her meeting a new dog (because you probably subconsciously worry when a new dog comes close) and then she feels as if she has to protect you and you transfer that nervousness to her. Dogs, like horses, are very perceptive. You probably hold the leash a little tighter assuming she is going to go crazy and then she does just that.

We adopted a pitbull who was very nervous around people. The key was for us not to be nervous that she would bite and we acted as if she was the sweetest dog and when people would come over we would tell them to just ignore her. She figured out that we were not nervous or scared and now she is completely fine.
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post #7 of 39 Old 07-31-2012, 09:17 AM
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^^ 100% agreement

OP please please please get a trainer. i would recommend a private consultation or two, and a group class. a trainer will be able to help you much much more than any advice over the internet. your dog CAN be helped, so please get a trainer.

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post #8 of 39 Old 07-31-2012, 12:26 PM
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When you have a dog on a leash and your dog barks at another dog your first reaction is to pull your dog back. This will set your dog off and she will want to be aggressive. She can sense your tension so just try to relax and let her off the leash if the other dog doesnt seem like a threat.
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Most times the problem is with us .. that promotes insecurities in our dogs ..

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If the dog was not properly socialized before the age of 2, you will often see this issue.

It's not a matter of "my dog was a rescue" or "my dog was purchased from the best breeder" It doesn't matter where the dog came from. It matter how YOU train your dog.

Example: If you kept the dog on your property for the early years of his life, the developing time period, your going to end up with a more aggressive dog because he hasn't been exposed to the "outside" world.

I took my puppies to the pet for every week to get them used to people and other animals/different dogs. My dogs are great when meeting new dogs. There's never an issue coming from my dog. He's great and when I'm ready to go, he leaves the dog alone and comes with me.

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him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too."

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