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Training a stubborn Dog

Im wondering if there is a diff. way of training my dog to be nicer to other dogs and people other than neutering (we cant afford that at the moment). when he was a puppy he loved to go to the dog park and run around with the other dogs but now if we get close to it he will start going crazy in the car and its nearly impossible to get him in the fence-line. and once there he will try to fight whatever dog is there. its very embarrassing and frustrating. We cant even walk around the block during the day with him cuz he will try to go towards other houses with dogs/people on the sidewalk. we have to do it at night usually after 9 p.m. that way no one or anything is out!! any ideas would be awesome and helpful

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Asked by CarolinK at 9:36 AM on Dec. 1, 2009 in Pets

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  • Well find the money to neuter him asap, there are places out there that can help with that. You can work with him to not act that way, but it will take ALOT of time an patients and a ton of repition. There are many books and TV shows out there that can help you train him.

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 9:38 AM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • Can the shelter. They often do low cost clinics. He is miserable. Not to be crude, but the dog park is like major porn to a teenager for him. Poor guy.

    He has learned this rottenness. You all need some psychological rehab about his puberty aggression. Fortunately, this is really easy to fix with some practice.

    1. Get a halti collar. -- This acts as a bridle, much like for horses. When you walk him with it, he can't pull toward the other dog. This collar is an essential part of learning the WATCH command.

    2. Teach the WATCH command. -- With the halti on and a pocket full of little training treats, practice holding the treat to your nose and saying WATCH. When you dog makes eye contact with you, praise and reward.

    3. Use the WATCH command to desensitize him.

    After practicing this for a few months in every situation where aggression used to be a problem, he will forget to be aggressive.

    Answer by ecodani at 9:49 AM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • The first thing i would do is look for a low cost spay/neuter clinic and get him snipped. Some places will even do it for free if yo qualify. If this was my dog i would put a Gentle leader head halteron him.   Stay away from Haltis they do not fit the dog right and if they get it off their nose the whole thing comes off where if they do this with the Gentle leader it is still secure around the neck. This will help to control the lunging and just get him in control in general.   I would look at how YOU react when you see people or other dogs. 


    Answer by KyliesMom5 at 11:56 AM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • Do you tense up or tighten the leash? if you do this could be part of the problem because when you do this you are sending signals to the dog and they react to it in turn. I think hormones are also playing a roll in this and the fact that it was allowed to get to this point. There could also be a possibility that it started out as frustration that he wanted to play and it progressed into something more serious. My own dog was put in a shelter b/c the owner that he was aggressive on the leash and he wasn't he just got really excited when he saw other dogs

    Answer by KyliesMom5 at 11:56 AM on Dec. 1, 2009

  • Thank you all for the information. i will have to look into alot of it an try to get it. i will be looking for a free clinic to get him neutered. thanks again everyone

    Answer by CarolinK at 9:29 AM on Dec. 2, 2009

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