We would be forced to bring a trainer in from out of town which is rather expensive, best we have found want's $175 per one hour visit.dlynne1123 wrote:find a trainer to help with positive interupts, asap!
We can close off the windows but the poop runs cause the most issues and we can't avoid this.dlynne1123 wrote:And avoid these circumstances until you can!
We have had Duke for a year and he has improved somewhat on this point but not to the degree needed. His issue only exists at home which leads me to believe he is just trying to protect his happy home.dlynne1123 wrote:He needs to learn that these things outside are good, not bad. It could even be a combination of fear with barrier frustration, hard to tell, but could get out of hand!
amazincc wrote:Sepp is somewhat like that... he tends to get fixated on things and people near "his property", lots of barking, blustering, and running from window to window, or front door to back door - very annoying.
He is still a work in progress but we have had some success w/"look at that" (and tons of treats) as long as I initiate the game before he gets wound up.
And, like Duke, he doesn't act that way in public - just at home.
pitbullmamaliz wrote:Have you tried "time outs" in his crate? When Inara starts acting like an idiot at the window (or anywhere), I tell her "that's enough" - that's her warning that if she continues her shenanigans she'll be in trouble. If she continues to bark I say "sucks to be you" very cheerfully and then put her in her crate until she settles down.
pitbullmamaliz wrote: If we're out in public, or just outside, and something sets her off, she gets her warning and time out cue and then I lead her behind something so she can't see what is setting her off. This has worked WONDERS for her and I wish I'd tried it sooner. I also obviously praise heavily and treat if she's doing well without my guidance.
Everything I've read says you do not want to use the crate as a punishment.
dlynne1123 wrote:I would also suggest the "look at the game" in environments where you have him under control, if its away from home start there!
dlynne1123 wrote:Then also work on your positive interupt work or phrase, with dog aggressive dogs, they recommend "Look, at dog" The dog looks at you, you feed. I works great with clickr training and timing is the key. You want that phrase so ingrained and practiced that its as second nature as running to the food bowl for dinner, or knowing what 'going for a ride' means. In a good way though....let me see if I have some hand outs in the mean time.
dlynne1123 wrote:Also, using the crate as a positive interupt exercise helps too! When you see a distraction, have him on leash, prepare yourself ahead of time, with a kong or bone in the crate waiting for him.
When you see he sees the distraction, practically drag him to the crate, saying high pitched, look at that, go to your crate, whatever you want to say in a happy voice! Run run run all the way to the crate where there is something waiting that is awesome, and if done enough times it becomes a habit. A 'positive interupt' starts as a pattern where you set him up for it, then eventually, hopefully becomes a habit. You must always be sure to have those items waiting for him in the crate though, or even dinner! This way he isn't a 'bedroom' dog and the crate isn't a punishment but an alternative behavior to his frustrated aggression.
Lots and lots of reps where you can have a leash on him, and you will need to drag him the first few times. Once he gets that a distraction outside = treat in my crate, it becomes a game to play. Now I've seen it work for extremely reactive front door dogs (guests coming and going) and in a month the dog learned to love these guests b/c there was a reward for her, and not from the person, a reward for choosing to go to her crate on her own!
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