That is a good book, "click to calm", i however, found it VERYYYYYYYYYYYY difficult to teach
Buddy to display calm behavior when i pull on his leash. I may have messed up something, but, i was unable to teach Buddy to feel calm
when i pull his collar as a cue, well, not enough to help with seeing another dog. I could pull Buddy's collar, and he could appear calm, but soon as he saw another dog, he blew it. Didn't work for *my* dog.
I did learn a lot from the book, but that method did not help *my* dog much, but, it might help your dog. The IDEA is lovely,
but, putting it into practice did not help *my* dog to be calm IF a dog went by.
But i have found OTHER ways to tell Buddy to be calm when dogs go by, though, but, pulling his collar was NOT one of the ways i told my dog to stay calm.
your dog IS actually dog-aggressive, (and you don't give enough information to make that conclusion really)
"On talking terms with dogs/calming signals" by Turid Rugaas was more helpful for *my* particular dog, (
mileage may vary.
Dogs pulling to get to other dogs while on leash is NOT a sign of dog aggression, or else you might be leaving part out that shows it was an agressive move. Most dogs who have never been trained to not pull will tend to do that,
whether they like or dislike the other dog.
I myself do not think whining when a dog sees another dog is a sign of dog aggression
, but, i could be wrong. My dog whines when he 'like
s' the other dog.
the fur up is not a good sign though,
but, does your dog do that for all dogs? most dogs? dogs who are barking at him, or what? I guess we'd need more info to help sort if your dog is, or is not, displaying aggressiveness.
DOES YOUR DOG DO THIS 'FUR UP' THING WITH ALL DOGS, MOST DOGS, OR ONLY A RARE DOG HERE OR THERE?
(it also not impossible
, that you might be accidentally conveying a fear of the other dog, and in your attempts to prevent contact, your dog might possibley think "mom is afraid of that dog, i will protect mom and get that dog!" this might not be a factor AT ALL
, but, it is not impossible, *if*
you are upset, yelling, yanking on your dog, tensing up, etc etc, your dog *might* misunderstand all that)
DOES YOUR DOG HAVE ANY FRIENDS?
DOES YOUR DOG PLAY WELL WITH OTHER DOGS?
here is some great stuff that DID help my dog:
(ANYTHING by kikopup is great, she has a series of 5? 6? videos on dogs who bark on walks)
I think #3 of the series might be most helpful to you.
Have you trained your dog to heel? THAT
helped my dog immensely. (who knew?) Or, is your dog on an extenda-leash?