|Barked: Sat Dec 1, '07 12:44pm PST |
Unless it is really hot out, walking does not tire out my Aussie one bit. They are pre-wired to work hard 6-8 hours per day. It sounds like your Aussie moved from that environment to a much calmer one, which is probably a difficult change. I'd consider some agility, frisbie, kongs, or more rigorous activities. You did find that search instinct, isn't it cool? I sometimes hide tennis balls out of her reach and Basia will sit right where it is until I get it for her. The harder you make it the happier they are.
Once in a while my Aussie decides she doesn't like another dog and will lunge at them. Usually huskies because one bit her ear at a park by accident. This mostly happens if she is leashed or if it is dark out.
First I stand between them to stop the lunging and let the other ownder know I'm in control (usually they aren't). Then a firm "no" and the "down" command. She has been trained carefully since she was a puppy with the alpha roll technique. At this point in training (8 years), I can pretty much give her the evil eye and she'll lie down. The best thing about this technique is that once they are down, as Ceasar would point out, you start relaxing too. The con of this technique is that you have to be careful that other dogs around don't come over and take advantage of the vulnerable position.
I have to say that a properly used cholker seems like the best bet for you. I used one with good results for two years, but when I learned to put it higher (behind their ears), !bing! it was a beautiful thing. When used properly you'll end up walking your dog with one finger, no pressure, with a showy strut, and not the typical sniffing search and destroy mode.
Ceasar is right, keep them distracted, and try not to get anxiety yourself. I don't like how they show some of the transformations in 30 minute episodes as it isn't very realistic. I've tried EVERYTHING to get our Weimaraner's food anxiety down, and it just isn't going to happen. I'd gladly pay Ceasar to come visit, but it isn't that bad.
I've got those roller skates Ceasar uses on my wishlist for after Christmas.
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