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♥Cade- nce

Springers jump- for joy.
 
 
Barked: Mon Jan 28, '08 2:52am PST 
PJ how are doing with your classes now?
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PJ

Getting wet and- dirty is fun
 
 
Barked: Mon Jan 28, '08 4:56am PST 
Thanks for caring about PJ. We are still working with a trainer. We do private classes twice a month and three times a month we take trail classes and we are really starting to see an improvement and we (my husband and I) are learning as well. The trainer said if PJ can have a lot of positive on the leash he will eventually get back to normal and learn everything is okay on leash. He seems to be nervous around little size dogs still but that would make sense because it was little dogs that attacked him while he was on leash.

We took PJ on Saturday to the dog park...it was busy due to the nice weather this weekend. PJ did great! He was running and chasing some of the crazy dogs. There were a couple of puppies and PJ just turned and walked away from them. I freaked out when the puppies kept following him but my husband just kept walking with him and PJ was cool about the situation. He is starting to learn through our training it is okay to walk away from a situation that he is not comfortable with.

Sunday we had our private class...again it was a busy environment with dogs as it was a really warm weekend. We had PJ on leash and some of the dogs were on leash and some dogs...well they ignored the leash law. PJ showed no issues at all while being on leash big grin...the trainer makes it seem so easy...of course I still freak out but am working on being more relaxed.

So here is a great article that a friend told me to read that I would like to share with other people who maybe in our shoes. The article is "He just wants to say hi" by Suzanne Clothier.
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Blossom

Bark Bark- Bark!!!
 
 
Barked: Sat Sep 6, '08 6:39am PST 
EXACTLY what my dog turned into.
I'm never getting another ess again.
I've gotten bitten 3 times too many!
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PJ

Getting wet and- dirty is fun
 
 
Barked: Sun Sep 7, '08 6:09pm PST 
I'm sorry to hear you won't get another ESS after Blossom. However this is very common in any breed as they get older...not just springers. PJ doesn't like dogs that have no manners is what it comes down to. I must say there are a lot of dogs out their with no manners because people don't train their dogs and let them do whatever they want.

Did you read the article I talked about in my last post called He just wants to say hi? If you read it you would totally understand why dogs behave the way they do.

PJ continues to have much success. We have learned to read PJ's signals through a wonderful book called Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas. When we are on leash we always put PJ in a sit command and make him watch us. We continue with a trainer once a month just to stay on track. snoopy
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Archie

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Barked: Wed Apr 22, '09 11:33am PST 
Hi
I've noticed that Archie is having the same problem. He was socialised really well when he was younger but on a few occasions now dogs have come up to him and he will suddenly snap at them.
It's worrying me that he would harm them and then I think he is picking up on my anxieties. He is 21 months old. I also have Lister who is 1 tomorrow and Archie has snapped at him a couple of times. Any suggestions of how i can solve this would be gratefully received.|$
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PJ

Getting wet and- dirty is fun
 
 
Barked: Thu May 7, '09 8:45pm PST 
What is working for us is stepping off to the side to let other dogs pass us. We put PJ into a watch me...but we always make sure he does see the other dogs. We reward with treats and always let other owners know PJ doesn't care to meet other dogs on leash. The big thing for us is having myself being relaxed...dogs can feel the tention on the leash. Practice and lots of excerise is key.

I would recommend watching It's Me or the Dog on Animal Planet. Victoria the trainer deals a lot with leash aggression. A lot of the stuff our trainer taught us is the same methods Victoria uses.
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DYNA

THE FUTURE- WESTMINSTER- WINNER!!!
 
 
Barked: Fri Sep 18, '09 9:05pm PST 
unfortunatly is seems to be a springer thing. They do often get intolerant of other dogs after a while. PJ could just be being possessive of you, springers get in their heads that they "own" their people. He could just be acting out that way. And YES him being fixed is a very good thing because they do tend to be worse intact. Springers are a reactive breed and you really have to keep on top of them. Dont do the "alpha" training with him (no alpha rolling or dominance training) this often completely wreaks a springer and can make them react in a defensive manner. I have seen many springers very screwed up by this kind of training. I am curious what is the breeding behind PJ?

Sorry I know this is an old post but thought maybe I could help....
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PJ

Getting wet and- dirty is fun
 
 
Barked: Wed Sep 23, '09 8:54am PST 
I work at a doggie daycare and see this a lot in our lobby with all kinds of dogs. When PJ is in a play area at daycare he is fine as long as he is not with the puppies. We hired a dog traininer who actually trains a lot like Victoria Stilwell....lots of positive training and she taught us how to understand body language. The dogs that PJ has issues with are what we call rude dogs...puppies for the most part...others would be the dogs who pull on the leash towards him. We always make PJ sit when another dog is passing by. I always tell the other owner if PJ wants to say hi he will. We try to manage who he interacts with as he was attacked by several dogs and this is when we started to see problems. One was a GS at daycare and another was a neighbors dogs...two big fluffy type of dogs.
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