I don't know how you are trying to teach this, but giving him attention when he barks can be very reinforcing to the dog. And barking is self-rewarding so it's not easy to stop.I am trying to ignore the barking and teach him a "quiet" command
I'm not surprised he bcame reactive to other dogs, since he's been scared several times !The biggest problem is that he is suddenly SUPER reactive to other dogs. I think that started after we were walking past a fenced-in yard down the street and a Doberman rushed out of nowhere aggressively barking his head off (and a few similar incidents
Also, maybe you are pulling on his leash, or he's pulling, wich is making things worse because of opposition reflex. This kind of situation requires good management, and preferably a front-attached harness.
Your dog is picking up on your stress and nervousness...you need to be calm yourself, to be a good example for your dog.Walking my dog is now incredibly stressful - it's the worst part(s) of my day. I'm working on all sorts of training, reading everything I can find ("Click to calm" is great!), and I'm going to have him evaluated by a trainer at the local SPCA this weekend to talk about next steps. I'm not going to give up, but I'm just really stressed and frustrated and nervous that he's not going to get over these new issues - not to mention that I gave them to him somehow!
Same here, this is not how you evaluate a dog !Willowy said:Hmm, I can't say I think much of that behaviorist. First, people DO dump "Lassie", all the time. Some of the best dogs were dumped by their previous owners, it sort of sounds like she's biased against shelter dogs. And seriously? A stuffed dog test? I think I'd freak out if someone walked a mannequin up into my face, too. So, yeah, don't be afraid to get a second (third, fourth) opinion.
My opinion is that you need help from a true, good professional, who uses positive methods.
This dog is reactive from fear, he's influenced by your own stress, and you both need to break out of a vicious circle.
I don't think you can achieve it without help from a person who really knows what they are doing with dogs.