|Barked: Sun Sep 4, '11 10:27am PST |
|YES, if you are getting more anxious, that WILL affect her. What you feel travels down the leash. You need to work on that, as hard as it is.
I know, it's easy for someone to tell you to "be calm, be confident," and much harder to do when you have a reason to worry about your dog's behavior. I had to work through this with Addy, when she first came home with me. But it's important to do. This is one of the reasons it's good to work with a good, positive-reinforcement trainer. I will add that, before you commit to classes or sessions with any trainer, you should watch them teach one or two classes, so that you really know how they work and can be sure you're comfortable with it.
More important than any other considerations of training style, you have to be comfortable with how your trainer works, and the tools they want you to use. If something feels "not right" for you or for your dog, don't do it.
Picking her up is a bad idea UNLESS either she or the other dog is truly about to attack--then you have a management issue, not a training issue.
If you are in a safe space to do so, dropping the leash can actually be a good idea, if you are confident that she will move away if stressed rather than attack. Obviously, you have to be in a contained area, where she can't get lost or go into the street and get hit by a car. Dogs know when they're on leash, and when the other dog is on leash; they know who has freedom of action and who doesn't. It can make a real difference in how comfortable they are.
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