How to stop my dog barking at other dogs when on lead

How-to-stop-my-dog-barking-at-other-dogs-when-on-leadYour dog or puppy may gain unwanted habits overtime due to their exposure to other k9’s. This is natural and you should be prepared to be ready to expect new behavioral traits when walking your dog in new places like the park or when taking a different route down a new a road.

If your dog starts to bark at other dogs when taking him/her out for walk on a leash first thing you shouldn’t do is no shaking of pennies in a can, or forcing the dog into a submissive position, or any of that.

It is most likely your dog has what is known as fear-aggression. It’s different from “regular” aggression because, obviously, of fear. The last thing you want to do is scare your dog even more, or associate other dogs with even more negative reactions.

When you go for walks, bring a small bag of treats with you in your pocket. When you see another dog coming, RELAX. Don’t tighten your hold on the leash, shorten the leash or even act nervous. Your dog will be able to feel you tense up. I know you’re going to be worried thinking “oh no, here it comes” but don’t even think about it. Roll your shoulders back and forth, take a deep breath.

When your dog DETECTS the other dog (not before, and not after she has gone into the barking fit) this is when you must take action. Get her attention as quickly as you can. Basically, you need to break her mind off that “mental state” where she is fixated on the other dog. You can try getting her attention by waving the treats in her face, by making high-pitched noises and jumping up and down, by saying her name, or anything that works. (You’ll look pretty stupid, but just do whatever you’re prepared to do.)

The MINUTE she looks to you, give her the treat, pet and praise. Then, immediately turn and walk away from the other dog. Don’t bring her any closer.

Gradually, you will be able to decrease the distance from which the dog is to you before your terrier starts going nuts. I have been working with a fear-aggressive dog in the last few months. Two months ago, she would start barking her head off a 50 metres away from the dog. Now, she is okay with dogs as long as they are on the other side of the street. Soon she will be able to walk right past dogs on the same side of the street with no trouble at all.

6 Most Common Dog Health Problems

Our dogs are faithful companions, and they depend on us for good care. To help your canine friend live a healthy life, you should know some of the most common dog health problems dogs face, their signs, and what you can do about them.

Dogs and Ear Infections

Ear infections are a common canine health problem, and they can be caused by allergies, yeast, ear mites, bacteria, hair growth deep in the ear canal, and more. Symptoms your dog may have with an ear infection include:

  • Head shaking or head tilting
  • Ear odor
  • Vigorous scratching
  • Lack of balance
  • Unusual back-and-forth eye movements
  • Redness of the ear canal
  • Swelling of the outer portion of the ear
  • Brown, yellow, or bloody discharge

Always take your dog to the veterinarian if you think he has an ear infection. In most cases, cleaning and medicating the ear canal will quickly clear up an infection. However, surgery can be needed for chronic infections or if forceful head shaking results in the rupture of a vessel within the outer part of the ear.

Dogs and Worms

Tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms are common internal parasites in dogs. And although any worm infestation can make your pooch uncomfortable, some, like hookworms, can be fatal in puppies. Signs your dog may have worms include:

  • Diarrhea (may be bloody)
  • Weight loss
  • A change in appetite
  • A rough, dry coat
  • Scooting on his bottom
  • Vomiting (with roundworms in particular)
  • An overall poor appearance

The best way to diagnose a worm problem is with a visit to the vet. Treatment depends on which type of worm your dog has, but generally includes an oral medication and may require follow-up. Don’t try treating worms yourself: A medication that kills roundworms, for example, doesn’t kill tapeworms.

When Fleas Find Your Dog

It takes just three weeks for one flea to turn into an infestation of 1,000 biting bugs. A very common canine health problem, fleas are easy for your dog to pick up, but they’re also easy to treat. Signs your dog may have fleas include:

  • Excessive scratching, licking, or biting at the skin
  • Hair loss
  • Hot spots
  • Allergic dermatitis (allergic response caused by contact)
  • Tapeworms (which are carried by fleas)
  • Flea dirt (looks like small black dots) against your dog’s skin

Untreated, fleas not only make your dog intensely uncomfortable, they can also cause allergic reactions, infections, and even lead to anemia from blood loss.

Talk to your vet about the right flea medicine for your dog, which may include collars, oral medicine, shampoos, sprays, or topical liquids.

How to Help Hot Spots in Your Dog

They’re commonly known as hot spots, but the medical term for those bare, inflamed, red areas you often see on dogs is acute moist dermatitis — a bacterial skin infection. Anything that irritates your dog’s skin enough to make him scratch or chew can lead to the pain and itch of hot spots, which, if left untreated, can quickly grow larger.

A hot spot’s location can help your vet diagnose its cause. Fleas, for example, may be the source of a hip hot spot, while a hot spot at the ear might point to ear problems.

Treating hot spots may involve shaving and cleaning the irritated area, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), steroids, or topical medications, depending on how bad the hot spots are, and how much pain your pooch is in.

Common Dog Health Problem: Vomiting

Vomiting is a common dog health problem, with dozens of possible causes, from infection or intestinal parasites to pancreatitis, kidney failure, heatstroke, or poisoning.

Symptoms are basic: abdominal heaving and drooling caused by nausea. If your dog also has diarrhea, blood in the vomit, seems lethargic, continues vomiting, or can’t hold down liquids, contact your vet right away to prevent life-threatening dehydration.

Treatment depends on what’s causing a dog’s distress, and may include fluid therapy, drugs to control vomiting, and homemade foods like well-cooked skinless chicken, boiled potatoes, and rice.

Doggy Diarrhea

Diarrhea in dogs, as with vomiting, can have lots of causes, including stress, infections like parvo virus, intestinal parasites, and food problems.

Diarrhea symptoms are pretty obvious — look for loose, watery, or liquid stool.

Because diarrhea can easily lead to dehydration, be sure your dog has plenty of clean water available, then take your pooch to the vet if the diarrhea persists for more than a day, or immediately if there’s also fever, lethargy, vomiting, dark or bloody stools, or loss of appetite.


Stop Your Dog From Jumping Up On People

Dogs jumping up on people is at best an embarrassing, annoying habit and at worst a danger for all involved.

What starts out as a cute habit in young puppies often escalates into a big problem that can be very difficult to correct. If you can’t stand your much loved dog jumping on you, just imagine what visitors to your home must think?

Dog Jumping Up – Annoying:

Your dog jumps all over you every time you come home, on visitors to your home or just when you’ve put on freshly cleaned and ironed pants!

Dog Jumping Up – Dangerous:

Any small child or elderly person who crosses path with your dog. Depending on the size of your dog, anyone could be in danger of being knocked off their feet.


Why Do Our Dogs Jump Up On People?

  1. Excitement, they’re just showing you that they are happy to see you.
  2. Your dog could be seeking your attention and has been rewarded with it by jumping up in the past.
  3. To assert dominance over you or guests. This is a rare one but can happen.

General Tips For Correcting Dog Behavior Problems – Jumping Up

Always keep in mind that your dog doesn’t understand that the jumping up behavior is “inappropriate”. It’s up to you to clearly communicate this to your dog.

  • Start as early as you can. It’s much easier to prevent behavior problems such as dogs jumping on people, than to correct ingrained existing habits.
  • Punishing or hitting a dog for jumping up just doesn’t make sense and will never work. Your goal, and your best chance of stopping your dog from jumping up is to clearly communicate that jumping up is always an unacceptable behavior.
  • Never reward a dog that jumps up on people by giving them the attention they are seeking. Rewarded behavior is reinforced behavior, meaning it will become more common.
  • You have to send a consistent message to your dog in all circumstances. Make it simple for your dog and eliminate any confusion. This means that everybody who comes into contact with your dog has to reinforce the same message. It’s pointless and unfair if you give your dog a cuddle and attention when he jumps up on you, but then yell at him when he jumps up on a delivery man.
  • Don’t give your dog what he/she wants (attention) every time he jumps up and you’ll find the behavior decreases.

How To Stop Your Dog From Jumping Up

Depending on what stage you’re at with the jumping up problem, you should find one of these training techniques will do the trick. In most cases you will see some positive results in a matter of days. These are my favorite methods which I have successfully used to stop my dogs from jumping:

  • When you see that your dog is ready to launch up at you, turn your body away from him. This will make your dog miss you, or at the very least deflect him off you. During this process don’t make any eye contact with your dog and don’t say a thing. Ignore your dog and make it clear to him that when he jumps he gets nothing from you.When your dog has settled down and stops jumping, you then initiate some contact with him. Get down to his level and lavish him with praise and a nice scratch behind the ear. If you are consistent and persistent with this method, your dog will soon learn that staying on all four legs is a much better alternative!
  • The next method is the one I prefer to use with my dogs. In situations where your dog is excitable and prone to jumping up, give him something else to do. In these  situations I instruct my dogs to “sit” – this is sometimes referred to as “alternate behavior training”.So instead of jumping around like lunatics, my dogs sit patiently awaiting my attention (which I always reward them with). This is the dog obedience training guide I follow when training my dogs – dog training membership site.
  • Many dog trainers use and recommend correcting jumping up problems with a pinch collar (sometimes called a prong collar). This technique is most suitable for bigger, strong willed breeds like German Shepherds and Rottweilers. The key is to leave the pinch collar on whenever you are around your dog and have a short leash attached to it. At the moment your dog jumps, give a short sharp snap downwards on the leash. This tightens the collar and creates a negative association to your dog. It is said to replicate the correction that dogs use between themselves. Never pull on the leash for more than a second or two, and never hurt your dog. When used the right way the pinch collar should not leave a mark on your dogs neck. Your dog will learn very quickly that when he jumps up on people, it will be an unpleasant experience. I believe this is an extreme method and would only consider it as a last resort for a dog who is jumping up dangerously.

The good thing about jumping up problems in dogs is that they are usually an easy fix. As long as you are determined to correct the problem and follow the above training techniques consistently you should be on the right track.