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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-12-2009, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Wink Need help with my Killer Dog, Lulu!

I really don't know what to do with her! When we are out for a walk and she sees dogs coming near us she acts like she's going to kill them. In reality she just wants to play. But, by the sound of her you'd never know it. I can't really jerk her with a choke collar as she already has some esophagus damage. 6.8 lbs is tiny. When I put her on a harness leash she prances along on her two hind feet like a little attack midget.
Most people laugh and say something like "watch out killer" but it is really embarrassing. I pick her up sometimes but then I'm just carrying the little loudmouth.
I remind DH that he shouldn't be nearly as embarrassed as the man who had the pit bull that was so afraid of Lulu he peed! (The dog that is).
But really, I just can't figure out how to make her just walk by like a little lady.
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I worry about the same thing...

And it is time to go back to training. Daisy gets agitated and jumps on Riki, then he growls at her and they sound menacing. Since they cannot back up their bite, yikes.

When we were in training, Riki was taught to sit and/or walk by without barking. He actually got the point where he did very well. When a dog walked by at first, I would have him sit and I would give him a treat. He was a terrible barker at other dogs. I also have to be careful I am not pulling on the leash as he reacts to my "fear." If he starts now, I tell him easy easy and he usually listens.

The challenge is Daisy, so I think we will go back to our group training class and work with our trainer. I don't like her jumping up on him and agitating him as he is the one with the huge bark.

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Carole, I'm sorry just the visual , I promise I'll think then I'll respond

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Linda, I know what you mean. Vinny actually started it and Lulu learned it from him. Then Vinny got better from the training class and Lulu just took over by herself. Best we return to class too. I just thought someone might have experienced this and know what to do with a tiny loudmouth, lol.

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Carole, I laughed so hard when I read your post, especially the part about the pit bull. Unfortunately, I have the same problem as you, so I won't be able to offer good advice. Marble is like an attack dog when he sees another dog. He even barks at any neighbors or people who come near our house. It's very embarrassing. I'm sure someone will have helpful advice. Good luck!
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Carole--Roxie used to be like that, too. Another one of those little dogs with a big mouth. I walked her with small treats in my pocket. When I saw a dog, I would say, "Roxie--look at me--no bark." At first I had to give her a couple treats until the dog past. Now I only have to say "Roxi--no bark" and I don't have to have a treat.
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I agree with Cheryl on this one. The best thing to do is to make sure that Lulu is paying attention to YOU and not to the dog. Have her look at you and treat her when she does. Keep giving her treats the longer she looks at you. Pretty soon, she will look at you whenever she sees a dog approaching, and that's what you want.

Also, never pick her up when she's acting badly like that. You are actually reinforcing the behavior. Picking her up is making her think that she's doing something good by "protecting" her pack. It can make the behavior worse than it is.

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Shelby is the instigator in our pack. I can control Kodi when we see another dog, but as soon as he senses Shelby reacting, it becomes a bark fest. I've been watching "It's Me or the dog" with Victoria Stillwell, and I love her training methods.


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Thanks Cheryl, Lina, I'll try that!
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Carole, the two things that worked best with Jasper (also a spastic tazmanian havanese with cars) was giving him another job on walks... teaching him to heal and to sit by my side when a car came has helped I would say 80% of the time. Also have you tried the gentle leader head collar with Lulu? that also worked for Jasper but he started hiding when we said wanna go for a walk which killed us because he loves his walks so.

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