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Walking issues.

Christine PetersonChristine Peterson Posts: 13Member
edited 1 November, 2009 in Australian Shepherd
I post this in the B&T but I thought I would post it here as well. Hello I am new here. Names Christine. We have an Aussie. We got him in June, from a Rescue. So we are still learning his mannerisms. he's an awesome walker, but if he hears a dog barking in there backyards he starts to whine and look at me. If other dogs are walking he gets a bit crazy tries to get to them and bark loudly and or whine and try to run away! I don't get it. I've had moments where I would walk him to that dog and he smells and is fine. I don't get many opportunities on this part. I will try to get his attention saying his name , pull gently on the leash to snap him out of it or touch him. doesn't seem to work. I so would love to start taking him to the dog parks, but I'm worried because of his actions. I have family that had dogs, I'm thinking of doing some sort of play date, but I don't want to overwhelm him. oh we also walk him everyday, try too. Like I said He's a rescue, he's 1.5yrs old and I know nothing of his last family. Any ideas tips or antyign I'm doing wrong I can change? thanks for any help.


  • Philip BantaPhilip Banta Posts: 25Member
    edited 19 October, 2009
    Have you tried using a treat whenever he passes another dog without barking? Or a quick snap of the leash, compared to the smack in the back of the head your parents would give you. If all else fails enroll him in dog obedience class,that way there is a controlled environment for him to meet other dogs. Dog obedience helped the two cocker spaniels in my family who were also extremely loud around other dogs. After six or seven classes they were adjusting well and can now meet new dogs without barking (obviously not all the time but they are much better).
  • John someoneJohn someone Posts: 6Member
    edited 1 November, 2009
    Hi. I'm new, too, and wanted to see what other Aussie owners were saying. When I got Sadie at end of July she was a horrible walker, pulling constantly. Now she walks pretty good and knows some areas where she has to be on short leash(sidewalk close to street) She isn't trained to heel or anything but doesn't pull as hard as she can anymore. That is UNTIL she sees another dog or or children playing. Not all other dogs though. Funny that some dogs excite her and others don't. She almost drowned herself trying to swim across a pretty wide river to go visit a golden retriever when I thought she would be safe off leash. We are working on these behaviors but time is against me right now.
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