As mentioned in my other post, we just rescued an adorable 2 yr old APBT
last week. She has been a bundle of joy and the center of our lives already! She is super loving around myself and my gf.
However, when we go on walks, we are constantly looking out for other people/dogs because she'll act a little aggressively. What she'll do is depending on the distance and depending on if it is just a person or a person with a dog, she will either just stare, or she will growl, or she will bark just a little, or sometimes she will bark a lot. It is pretty inconsistent.
What we have been doing to help train her is that when she stares at someone coming by, we tell her to "sit" and give us her attention and we give her a treat. We also talk to her in a positive voice and tell her "it's okay, good girl" to calm her and continue walking. This works in most cases (unless she's really barking and it is hard to get her attention), but I feel like she hasn't been getting that much better with it after a week.
Granted, we are unsure of her background and we live in the city so it could all be new to her. We do try and take her to the most quiet of spots just to get her used to everything but we always encounter at least one person on every walk. We bought a ThunderShirt for her to help but we aren't sure it has made too big of an impact besides leash pulling.
1. Should we continue to tell her to sit and give her a treat and keep walking like we have been?
2. How long does it usually take for these types of obedience training? Maybe we aren't being patient enough.
3. We do notice that there has been one or two days so far where when we go on walks, she is very energetic and trying to jump on us and run a little faster. These are the days where (we think) she barks the most. It could be from being alone in the house all day and not taking out that energy. Could that be a possibility for her aggression? If so, we give her toys to chew on (lacrosse ball, kong toy, etc) to play on throughout the day.
4. Any other tips or techniques that would be better to get her to obey further?