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How do I "Curb Her Enthusiasm"???

I am looking for suggestions as to how handle Molly when she is outside on leash with me. She is an excellent walker on leash UNTIL she spots a person, dog, or bird in the grass. She gets super excited and starts to vocalize and pull to get up to them. Once we reach the object of her excitement she calms right down and is happy to meet them. If it is someone we are not going to stop and talk to I just keep walking and she calms down once we pass. Would love to know the proper way to deal with this behavior when she starts doing it so we can more calmly approach others. Thanks.



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I am looking for suggestions as to how handle Molly when she is outside on leash with me. She is an excellent walker on leash UNTIL she spots a person, dog, or bird in the grass. She gets super excited and starts to vocalize and pull to get up to them. Once we reach the object of her excitement she calms right down and is happy to meet them. If it is someone we are not going to stop and talk to I just keep walking and she calms down once we pass. Would love to know the proper way to deal with this behavior when she starts doing it so we can more calmly approach others. Thanks.
It takes time… there is no "quick fix", but it is important that she NOT get her way by pulling. That means, until she can walk quietly by your side, or SIT quietly while they approach, you should not allow her to self reward by going to something she has pulled you toward. You have to be really consistent about this if you want it to work.


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When Sheba does this, I just turn around and go in the opposite direction. I'm trying to teach her that pulling towards something doesn't get her where she wants to go. Of course, I look a little crazy when I turn around all of a sudden!

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Thanks for the suggestions Karen and Helene.



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I'm not sure. I think it's all a part of discovery of the world.
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The first thing to do is to continue to work on really nice responsive leash manners, with lots of reinforcement and consistency. This should be done in lower distraction situations. Think of people, other dogs, birds etc. as being a ten on the distraction scale for Molly. So you need to build focus at one, two, three and so on first and get that really good before moving on to the next level. Classes can help as with the right class you can develop skills to better handle her in such situations.
In between this Molly's behaviour must be managed so she doesn't continue to lose control in these situations and then have her response rewarded. This might include giving her more distance from these distractions, redirecting her attention with previously taught behaviours, allowing her to greet before she starts with the crazy behaviour. But underlying work may also be required on teaching her self calming and self control skills too. It's quite important that this behaviour is prevented so get her out of there if it's too much for her. Classes would be a good choice. here' s something else http://drsophiayin.com/blog/entry/re...h-reactive-dog

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