When I allow two dogs to meet, I want both dogs to be calm and not reacting.
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If you allow dogs to meet in an over aroused manner the meeting will often not go well because tempers are up and one dog is likely to be rude and the other will respond with a correction. If there a stiffness and intensity to her to body, then my educated guess would be that she is not offering playful behaviors and there is a component of fear to her behavior.
There are dogs that will bark at others on leash because they feel their movement restricted. If they are afraid and unable to get aware, they may react in a defensive manner. Eventually the mailman does go away. The dog is then reinforced for the barking behavior because the thing that made him feel afraid went away. If the behavior is fear motivated, the barking serves to tell the other dogs to go away. We need to change the emotion of wanting the other dogs to go away to stop the behavior. Simply suppressing the barking does not change the underlying emotion and the issue will likely rear its head again and possibly will become worse.
Dogs cannot learn when they are in the emotional part of their brain. When they are in a reactive state they are in that emotional brain. In order to work with them to change their feelings about something we need to figure out what distance they can see the trigger without reacting.
It is the point where they are relaxed enough to see the trigger but not go into the reactive state. This is the distance where we start working with the dog. I would imagine that when you are feeding her a treat for meeting another dog, she is already way past her threshold and the other dog is way too close.
First, we need to establish a mark word which will communicate to the dog when they do the correct behavior. Go to the park and find the distance at which your dog notices the other dogs but does not bark.
At this point, you may need to put the treat right into her mouth. If she will not eat the treat, then she is likely stressed and I would suggest that you try to move even further away and see if you can get her to eat.
What should start to happen is she will look at the dog and then look at you. There is a dog over there. Where is my cookie? That is what we are looking for. This is the beginning of the connection that looking at other dogs mean treats. This is also conditioning the dog to check in with you. We really need to teach our dogs to check in with us so that we can get and hold their attention when needed.
Be aware that movement is also a trigger so your dog may be able to tolerate a dog standing still from one distance, but a moving dog needs to be much further away. This teaches the dog to focus on you at specific times when you need them to not notice something like another dog. It also teaches the dog to walk nicely on leash and it is a very engaging way to walk with your dog. I am wondering if at this point the dog park is really a good idea for your dog. Anytime there is a problem behavior we need to think of ways to prevent the dog from doing that behavior while we work on the training separately.
Some dogs get overwhelmed with playing with too many dogs so she may be a dog that does better in a small playgroup. The other benefit of dog daycare is having professionals watch your dog interact with other dogs so we can get a better idea of what works best for her. Watch list is full. Longtime member.
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This book is Very Rare and Hard to Find!!! The first few pages read: To my son Jim, and to all boys and girls who have had a dog as a friend. They're about a dog named Barky, his adventures and his fun. In each one he meets a friend he has never met before, and as you read about him you will love him, more and more. And when you've met all of his friends, and read the whole book through, on the last page you will find a message just for you. This book has never been read.