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I recently adopted a dog (not sure what she is her body looks like a boxer) that is super friendly to people. She is a spayed female about 3 years old. She used to live with two other dogs and I was told she was taken to the dog park as well.
But when I take her on walks, she lunges/barks/growls/paws at other dogs, especially those who are bigger and staring back at her and responding with similar conduct. She is wagging her tail quickly.
If I let her meet the other doggie, sometimes she simply sniffs and we move on, other times she assumes the alert position with her hackles raised and all of a sudden jumps at the other dog.
At the dog park she is very playful and loves to run around with the other dogs. She has gotten into a couple tussles where she and the other dog mouth each others necks while growling. I cannot tell if she is being playful or not.
Overall I am confused as to whether she is aggressive, protective of me, or simply just too playful. Her lunging and barking also drives me crazy. She is well exercised but always seems to have more energy when it comes to other dogs. I use an easy walk harness but have recently purchased an easy lead halter which she hates.
any advice would be much appreciated! thanks for reading
The easy walk is what I personally recommend to all of my dog training students, especially for large breed dogs. Anyway, have you taught your dog the "Leave it" command? If not, look up a video on youtube. It seems as if your dog gets everything they want, which amplifies their excitement for things such as other dogs on walks. On an easy walk, try to remain very close to where the leash attaches. you want your closest hand to grasp the leash about 6-8 inches above the connecting point. Also, I would advise against meeting dogs while on leash, just use leave it and move on. But it is your dog so you have freedom to do what you like.
Not aggressive, just waaaayyy too excited. She may not mean any harm, but sometimes another dog might take what she's asking the wrong way and can react aggressively.
I would suggest teaching her 'wait', 'watch me' and 'go greet'. Basically have her sit and watch you when another dog is going by, if she doesn't react, or reacts calmly, she gets rewarded. Have her wait to greet the other dog (always ask the owners first) and if she reacts calmly, then she can go greet.
This might help you as well
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