Update on Bamm's Reactivity

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  1. skittledoo

    skittledoo Crazy naked dog lady

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    I realized I haven't talked too much about Bamm's dog reactivity lately.

    I've seen a lot of improvement in him, but there's still a LOT of work needed. I try to bring treats and my clicker with me on most walks. I sometimes forget to grab them when I'm in a hurry, but for the most part I have treats and clicker on me during walk times. I've mainly been using the treats to work on other things during walks like heel, sit, lay, etc. Having his focus directed on me when other dogs are around has been getting better. He used to focus so much on the other dog that no matter what you tried to do to get his attention, he was deaf to you. He still acts like that sometimes, but for the most part I can redirect his focus.

    He still has a huge problem with most bigger sized dogs. When he sees them he's more likely to pull on the leash and bark and sometimes growl. With smaller dogs he tends to whine more often than actually bark.

    I have found 3 dogs so far now that he actually gets along with. They're all small dogs (a chihuahua, american hairless terrier and some small mixed breed). The chihuahua's name is Blue and Bamm absolutely LOVES her now. When I first started introducing him to her he whined and then growled when she got too close. The next time his tail was wagging and he sniffed her constantly and then growled again and backed away from her. Finally about a week ago we had a huge success with his introductions to Blue. He greeted her with a wagging tail and sniffed her bottom. Blue started bouncing around wanting to play which usually irritates Bamm and causes him to back off. Instead... he dropped into a play bow and batted her with his paw. WOO HOO!!!!!

    So... we're not completely where I want him yet, but he's making huge strides towards success.... YAY!

    Any advice on how to work more with him around bigger dogs?
     
  2. mrose_s

    mrose_s BusterLove

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    Sorry, no advice but YAY BAMM. Its been a good day for our dogs :)
     
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    Hey, you're doing a great job :) I love progress posts.

    I understand your problems with a reactive dog. My sheltie is two and sometimes I think she's getting better on our walks, then she intently focuses on another dog, goes into frenzied barking and lunging, that I swear she'll never improve.

    Now she is having better moments when bicycles go by. As long as they aren't speeding down the street :)
     
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    This is what it seems like from my perspective:
    It seems like bigger dogs are a source of great stress for Bamm. For some reason, they scare him so he puts on a big show to keep them away. Big dogs are a Scary Thing, and you need to associate good things with the Scary Thing so that it stops being a Scary Thing. Keep Bamm far enough away that he doesn't react, and give him a WONDERFUL treat, or play a WONDERFUL game (what works with a lot of FOHA dogs is attention, because they are so needy for it - of course with FOHA dogs you have the advantage that anything you do outside of the kennel is a wonderful thing :p). I could even bring Daisy over again and we could work on it if you want.

    Oh yeah, I must stress that you must always REMAIN CALM. Getting even the least bit anxious can trigger your dog to react (but I know you know this ;)).
     
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    Why on earth can I never remember this part???? I need the words "remain calm" ingrained in me somehow.
     
  6. jess2416

    jess2416 Who woulda thought

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    Im glad that Bamm is beginning to improve :D
     
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    borzoimom Couch Pototoe City

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    Well maybe since Zubin is a large dog but very calm, it might help him to meet Zubin and we could spend enough time until he relaxes? Zubin is unflapable.. ( and of course- very big... hmmm)
    Femka is a good size dog too but only like 31 at the shoulder. However- I try to keep her unstressed.. But she is also easy going.
     
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    lizzybeth727 New Member

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    That's a great idea... my chihuahua was very reactive to big dogs, so I started by introducing her to my friends' two greyhounds. They were very calm and slow-moving, but interested in her anyway, so it was a great training experience.
     
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    borzoimom Couch Pototoe City

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    Sighthounds are great for this. I mean I would not turn a small dog loose with a large sighthound, but leashed they are so uh- " cool".. Calm, relaxed.. casual.. And if you are as well, it will also help pass it " down the leash..
     

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