Hello everyone! My male is now three years old and has become more reserved and "introverted" so to speak. He gets along well with my female and other dogs that he knows. He is very caring and friendly with her but I still take the necessary precautions with them. His issue isn't with her but rather other dogs when on a leash.
Here's a little history. He has been bitten twice (not seriously) while on the leash over his three years. Both attacks coming from off leash dogs while being walked. I am not naive to the breed (even though mixed) and their behavior but I do believe these events have made him become insecure on the leash. Calm dogs never trigger this behavior in him and he will ignore them but the second a rowdy/vocal/or energetic dog comes around he can escalate to barking and growling.
I guess my question isn't how to remove the behavior because if he is DA to strange dogs then it is what it is. But I would like to train him a little more when it comes to ignoring those dogs. Lately I have been taking treats on our walks to practice "focus" which can work very well. I use a prong collar which works great when I correct him before he can escalate. I would love advice from others who have had the same issues and what you did. He has never displayed this when off leash, only on leash and so far will correct himself quickly when corrected.
Last edited by Kai; 01-20-2015 at 04:48 AM.