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WOOF Support blog hop #3 — 21 Comments

  1. Katie and I can be reactive with other dogs if we are on leash. The problem is that I usually fire up Katie, it is a pack thing with me. In Germany it wasn’t really an issue, but here we have learned other dogs are not a good thing because everyone is always on leash and never allowed to mingle. Mom does not like the way things are here either, but it is what it is and we just deal with it. Bailie is now going to day care one day a week so she can learn other dogs are a good thing and are fun.

  2. We think you were doing great. Pity the people with the yapping barking dog have not tried training. They were the ones making the problem and you were the one controlling it. Bravo you and the crew. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Torrey is doing great and that is definitely something to love about her. You should be proud as well that you haven’t given up on her, and you are so right that continuing to try is the important thing.
    BTW, I always forget to bring treats on walks too. I never used to think about training when walking, but now I need to re-train myself to remember them!

  4. This is something we really need to work on with Daisy now that she’s finally starting to enjoy walks. Maybe if we can calm her during walks, she’ll calm down in the house too and not jump around like a crazy pup so much. Your hard work really paid off, and it’s an inspiration to us.

  5. Our Gracie is a terrier (English Bull) and like all terriers it’s very difficult for her to pass another dog without a comment. Sometimes she grumbles, or does a quick spin in a circle to see if the other dog wants to play; sometimes she will stop frozen and stare (she’s very near sighted)… she just doesn’t do “quiet” passes by. Our person has tried having Gracie sit and wait (Gracie grumbles and sometimes does a small bark of protest, which is at our person but the other dog probably doesn’t know that) and she’s tried having Gracie just keep walking – then Gracie cranes back until she’s walking backwards and sometimes she will give a slight protest screaming yowl, which we think probably worries others.

    What we love about Gracie is that she doesn’t want to harm a soul; she was born loud and nosy and wishes she could meet and play with everydog. She can’t figure out why we don’t stop to meet and greet everydog. She thinks this is a poor social choice on our person’s part.

  6. I love this post, Mary! I am so glad that all the work you and Torrey have been doing has paid off. I think every dog will slip up now and again, but when the training actually works in the moment it is needed, it surely is a big victory! We hope you, Torrey and Roxy and enjoy all your outings together.

    Thank you so much for co-hosting the hop with us!
    Gina and Oz

  7. Delilah has gotten so much better in her reacting. It’s true she might react to a reacting dog, but I can’t say as I blame her much on that. It used to be that I would have to take her off the beaten path, and I would have her sit and feed her treats. These days she’s doing very well with the Leave It command, although there are times when her hair still stands up. I would have to say though I am also far more observant and watchful of her and the signals she throws off.

    Congratulations to you and Torrey for all your hard work!

    I think that most people who have a dog snarling, and pulling on the end of their leash and aren’t doing anything about it, may just not realize there are ways to work your dog to help them. Then again, they could just be lazy, cause’ I’ve seen plenty of that as well.

  8. yes your on the right path training them to be calm. I know when riding a horse that spooks easy its important to have them under control and the calmer we are the better for them as they pick up on our uneasiness. As for my dogs I am home with them a lot more than going places but they pick up pretty fast as far as coming in and out the sliding door. I’ve gotten them trained as far as sitting when I open the door and waiting for my signal to come in. (they get a treat and praise. After a while I do the same for letting them out. You don’t want dogs jumping out the door when ever they please or the car, etc. They watch me for the signal either verbal or hand. I then treat them to a that’s a good dog. It took several times to have them be reliable with this training. One dog is smarter than the other but even he caught on.

  9. Thanks for pointing us to the blog hop!!

    I love these moments when we realize that all the work we put into our dogs pays off. :)

  10. Taht’s great that the training is paying off! Rita’s is too, as she does much better now – but still… there are certain dogs (big ones that I think scare her) that she reacts to like crazy, and if she other dog is pulling/lunging/snarling/snapping, that can sometimes set Rita off. It’s great that Torrey did so well with those dogs!

  11. Your work sure is paying off. Way to go, Torrey! I didn’t realize that you were reactive… Did you know that Shyla is referred to as “reactive” by behaviorists too? It’s just that her reaction is to collapse in fear rather than to be loud and aggressive. Apparently, although the behaviors are different, behaviorists see both Torrey and Shyla as having similar issues…

    Anyway, way to go!!!! Keep up the good work.

  12. Well put, Mary–not trying is a mistake, for the dog AND for the human. It’s amazing how fast dogs respond when the human 1) stays calm and 2) knows what s/he wants. They’re so sensitive to us, so perceptive of everything we’re thinking. I used to be that person with the mad dog, and I blamed the dog: “it’s just that he’s so scared of everything.” Uh-huh, but *why* is the dog scared? It took me much too long to figure out my role in it. Since I began working on my behavior–Lesson #1: Stay Calm–their reactiveness has come down several notches. I couldn’t be prouder–so I understand how proud you felt when Torrey had a minor reaction and then, in the canyon, no reaction at all. Bravo!

    Thanks for hosting the hop, and for visiting yesterday. I’m catching up now :)
    Guilie @ http://lifeindogs.blogspot.com/2014/04/i-do-i-do-love-my-reactive-dogs.html

  13. I wish I could get Chester and Gretel to sit when another dog walks by. They don’t like to put their bums on the cold, camp ground though :)

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