A big problem people experience on the walk is the over excited dogs and they try to introduce them to other dogs on the leash.
All breeds from Great Danes to Chihuahua’s can get so excited they cannot control themselves. It becomes frustrating when they try to meet other dogs and they practically pull you over and drag you along. It can be scary, dangerous, and embarrassing until you feel out of control and at the mercy of your dog.
Aggression or Excitement?
Since dogs cannot communicate with us, it is hard to know what they are experiencing and feeling. Their behavior may be a combination of excitement and stress. However, this may not be the right condition for your dog to meet other dogs. There is more of a chance that things can go wrong.
You should avoid approaching other dogs if your dog is barking, eyes bulging, rearing up their hind legs, or gasping for air…you get the picture.
In this post, you will have three options to choose. You will have a simple and basic approach to select one of the three, then go and practice with your dog.
It is important that you realize that there are ONLY 3 options to choose from and that you have established yourself as the pack leader – this is crucial.
1. Approach the other dog – If your dog is calm then you may decide to simply approach the other dog on the leash. Remain silent as you walk your dog towards the other dog and let them meet. In other words stay out of it and do not upset the calm environment in front of you.
2. Stay away – If your dog is opposite as from the first option, then he is out of control. If he is barking, pulling on the leash then your gut instinct should tell you to avoid approaching the other dog and just walk past by. It could be a number of reasons. Maybe you feel you do not have time to work with your dog to calm him down. Maybe the other dog appears too aggressive, a little unsure, old or small. An important reason is to show your dog that he cannot get to meet and sniff every dog on the walk.
3. Calm your dog and then make a decision – Do some training to calm your dog down. After you have done this you may choose to approach the other dog or not. You make the decision. Your focus here is by showing your dog that if they calm down they will be rewarded. Within time your dog will learn that by staying calm they can meet other dogs.
Which option is right for me?
All three options are right for you at different times. In fact, it is very likely that you will choose to use all three options at some point depending on the situation.
Younger dogs will probably need a bit more calming down than older dogs and working with your dog will definitely pay off in the long run.
Guaranteeing it will work
As mentioned earlier, you must be the pack leader…this is the secret to calming your dog in this situation. The training will take a little time but it is not that difficult.
Learning the 5 Golden Rules of becoming the pack leader by Doggy Dan’s, The Online Dog Trainer, your dog will respect you and will know you are in charge. You can visit the Doggy Dan’s video website here to learn how to become the pack leader.
Avoid This Fatal Mistake
A big mistake people make is rewarding bad behavior without realizing it. Imagine there’s a dog across the street. Your dog barks because he wants meet the other dog. You simply cross over to have them meet, even though the meeting goes well you have just rewarded your dog’s barking and excitement. So what will happen? Every time your dog sees a dog in the walk he will bark and become excited until it is almost unbearable and eventually you realize you have a big problem!
All dogs can learn to be calm as they approach other dogs. A bit of your commitment and patience can turn them around, it is not complicated once you know how.
Take time at home to establish yourself as the pack leader. Your dog will take notice of you and what you are doing. They will see you as the one in charge.
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