INU Posted October 12, 2007 Report Share Posted October 12, 2007 I've been visiting a dog training center every week the last several months and observe many dogs going through training - including simple obedience to behavior modifications. There is a young Aussie that is a perfect angel with anybody and any dogs, as long as her owner is not around. I was talking to her last night and she told me that she has another aussie from the same line/breeder that is so sweet and balanced. She used to be a therapy dog until she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. She understands dog behaviors and have worked with dogs for a long time. There are dog owners who are clueless and cause their dogs to act overly protective or nervous when the owners are present. It doesn't look like that is the case for her. I have observed this owner and the dog past 6 weeks and I have not seen much progress. I got to see this dog without the owner in sight yesterday. I was stunned! It was a completely different dog. She was happy, focused and relaxed. As soon as the owner walks back in, she got tense and started growling at other dogs and some people. The dog is not fearful of people/dogs. She just think she has to protect the owner. One of the trainers considered taking the dog and train herself. But it wouldn't work unless the owner is around. The only way is for both of them to come and continue working. They have been using gentle leader and sometimes chain collar - quick tug followed by reward when she listens. If it were my dog, I wouldn't use the chain collar to correct her. I might take the dog for a walk without the owner. Have the owner walk along us at some point, if the dog is comfortable, eventually hand the lead over to her and continue walking together. Keep doing it for a short session over and over then add different variables slowly. Do you have any other ideas? I really feel for this owner. She works so hard with this dog. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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