I have to have treats. I used to click her when she looked at another dog (before she reacted) and treat her; but it's been 4 years and I'm really sick of panicing because I left the house and I don't have a clicker on me.Also, does your method of getting V to calmly walk by other dogs work 100% of the time?? Mine doesn't, not 100%, only about 60% to 75%.
Somedays are better, somedays are worse.
Ditto. Veronica is like the wind. Sometimes she will go for a long period of time being damn near perfect; then one day she will get a wild hair up her butt or something will set her off and she's back to being an ass. So, I'd say around 70 - 75% of the time she pulls off acting polite, but when she does react now it is mostly barking a little pulling; not like the displays we saw early on when she was triggered by the dog snarking at her. Now at worst she looks like a rude dog. After that incident I mentioned, for awhile there she looked like a psychotic dog.
I have a higher success rate, if Buddy is getting tricks lessons daily, if his life has been kept exciting/interesting (boredom makes Buddy worse)
and if Buddy is not all pent up with unspent energy/has been exercised.
Different types of dogs, different scenarios, can be easier or harder for *my* dog,
cuz Buddy has his "types"
Veronica does better in the summer months because dogs are everywhere. The more practice she gets the better she does. It's almost like she gets overwhelmed or flooded by them! And if she is in a fear period (that's a separate conversation about her weird fear behaviors) - but if she is in that kind of fear state she doesn't react at all - forgive my crudeness but quit literally - she wouldn't say @#$% if she had a mouthful.
She also tends to react more to the lone dog that comes out of nowhere as opposed to there being allot of dogs around.
Every winter her skills fall off and usually by the end of the summer she's really doing good.
so there's other factors, as well. sometimes, the best i can do, is "Let's Go", or "look at me". Sometimes i can walk him calmly by unknown dogs. It varies somewhat, depending on the set up, the other dog, and my dog's current level of being tuned into me, there's a few factors which can make it easier, or harder, that day, etc. But, it's not 100%, nope nope nope!
Agreed that's how it is for us too
What all do you do to get V to walk calmly by unknown dogs?
So I have been using my voice and little motivational tugs (not corrections) of the leash to get her attention and I tell her she's a good girl (that seems to make her more workable) and to watch me and focus and leave it...and in all honesty after 4 years the damn dog knows exactly what I want her to do; but she still needs coaching to actually do it). Also I give her distance, so if we are coming towards another dog on a sidewalk if I don't see there's enough room I will go around the car parked on the street vs. forcing V. to walk closely by the dog. But then sometimes, like in summer months - dogs are everywhere - I just stick a treat under her nose and lead her along...