When you are out for a walk with your dog, does your heart sink when you see another dog coming down the street? It has only one meaning. Your wonderful, but dreadfully dominant dog will attempt to leave their mark on the approaching innocent canine. You can only imagine what disaster might be ahead!
You know from experience that the other dog being on a leash is no saving matter, so you start looking for a way to exit. But it’s already too late, your dog is yanking hard with hair on the back rising up. Nothing you’ve tried has stopped this behavior. Not the slightest difference has been gleaned from tugging him back, using a special collar, or even enticing him with food. All you can think of is keeping the dogs separated no matter what it takes. All hope seems to be vanishing.
You ask yourself “how did things go horribly wrong”?
What many dog owners don’t get is that if the right messages aren’t being communicated at home, then there’s no chance to turn it around when you have another dog coming towards you on the street.
What it boils down to is this…
Simply, dogs are animals. And that’s a loving statement. But their interests are far from ours! They could care less about TV, cars or the next vacation. Most important to dogs are their survival which includes protecting the pack, especially when outdoors. Think about it. Your dog is a pack animal. They get the concept of leading or following. It’s the leaders who recognize danger and will initiate pack protection.
So you can probably see now that in these situations with another dog approaching, your dog thinks they are the pack leader. That’s right. Everything goes up: chest, head, tail, all to get the other dog to back down. And that’s when you wish you were somewhere else. Unfortunately, the chain reaction was actually started when your dog got the message that he was in charge! That in your home, the Pack Leader isn’t you.
This is where Doggy Dan’s method of dog training is so ingenious. He is an expert at how to show dogs that you’re the pack leader and his site describes how very simply you can learn it too. And even better, you can take advantage of his free 4-part video series. And even though your dog is dominant, Doggy Dan’s way is always kind and gentle. But very effective.
He uses 5 Golden Rules. Observing Doggy Dan’s pack when they are around other dogs, you can see they do not overstate their role because they know who the pack leader really is. So in that case they take it easy. Every dog is different of course. Some are more naturally dominant while others tend to be more submissive. It makes no difference what kind your dog is.
YOU need to become the PACK LEADER. That’s the real secret. Establish that and all other training tricks will start to work. A mild pull, a small treat, a gentle word of warning.
You might have had tried some training approaches you thought were good, but without the solid pack leader groundwork they just won’t work. You know it because once the other dog shows up, your dog takes no more notice of you. He has a bigger agenda – protecting followers in his pack (you). Time to turn that around and make YOU the pack leader!
Here are some starter tricks to help you achieve a calmer dog when other dogs come near. But as we have already established there has to be a pack leader foundation first.
- Food distractions can be helpful especially with hounds! But the key is to use it as a distraction. It makes no sense to reward your dog after they have charged at the approaching dog. Chicken or cheese will be more enticing than their usual biscuits.
- Go slow. The changes you are looking for won’t happen over night…unless your pack leader rules are in place! Pushing things too fast can backfire, but confidence comes from taking it slow.
- Master the walk: Be sure you are the one in control before meeting the approaching dog. Achieving this might include considering a device other than a flat collar.
- Stay focused on the desired outcome: it’s easy to fall back into following your dog’s behaviour, but it’s important to be consistent in showing your dog how you want them to behave.
- Be ready to step in: Be fixated on the best result, but if necessary quickly guide your dog away with a gentle tug to correct them. Then immediately relax afterwards.
The reason this method works so well is that it is in tune with your dog’s natural instincts. For instance, it’s natural that one dog will be above another. That will always be. But when you are positioned as “the top dog” (pack leader) they will be less likely to assume tense, dominant, protective behaviour, taking things too far.
Here’s a great example of two dogs playing using dominance and submission. You’ll hear Doggy Dan explaining what they are doing as the play goes on.
Hopefully you’ve come to the conclusion it’s time for you to have the control by becoming the kind-hearted, gentle pack leader your dog is looking for. Start with your free 4-part video series and take a look around this marvellous site. Remember, without help, it is always going to be too late when that other dog comes down the street. Turning things around comes from sorting out the real cause of the issue. Believe it or not, your dog is just waiting for the right messages from you!
Cheers to your success!