Why does my dog want to "meet" or attack other dogs so much?

asked 2021-09-19 21:01:14 -0500

I adopted another dog and she's super sweet and friendly except to other animals not belonging to me. Every time we go on a walk and encounter some other dog or duck, she starts pulling and jumping towards the other dog and sometimes does this whimper/barking thing. I have tried everything and nothing has worked if I try to hold her close and calm her down she keeps pulling and jumping, and when I try walking away with her she pulls in the opposite direction and I basically have to drag her along with me because she's fixed on that dog. Recently she's been doing this new thing where she sits down refusing to move while staring at the other dog when I am trying to lead her away. I even tried pushing her and she does budge not even a squeaky toy would work. My other dog is better behaved but starts acting up when she starts acting up. I don't know what I should do anymore.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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answered 2021-10-02 12:00:52 -0500

Try focusing on direct engagement with the dog while allowing her adjust to the stimulus. If she is a relatively good at sitting, staying, healing or anything really on command, take her to a local petsmart or dog park. Keep her away from the other dogs while working on something she does well. Reward her excessively and enthusiastically for every right move. You stay focused on her, and make sure she is focused on you. This is a good opportunity for leash training as well. If you see her making her own decisions, change direction, and excessively praise her when she starts to anticipate your commands. It will be very obvious when she is waiting for you to tell her where to go and what to do. Once she is waiting for you to tell her what to do you will see her behavior change to very calm and relaxed. As she is successful in reinforcing things she can already do move her into the store or dog park and continue. At some point, even though there are other dogs around she will still be intently focused on you. It should only take about three 30 minute sessions to really build this relationship to the point she can stay focused when coming into contact with new dogs. Remember also that there needs to be some time that she CAN make her own decisions. Just take the leash off, and run around and jump and bark with her. That should do it! :) Good Luck!

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