Please help...how do I stop my dog charging over to other dogs?

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  1. alexpb22

    alexpb22 PetForums Junior

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    I have posted on here before about this very problem but am still trying to deal with it.
    I am currently on a waiting list for some socialisation classes but I wondered if there was anything I could do in the meantime as these may be a while off.

    I have a 5 year old rescue Saluki cross Lurcher who loves to meet and play with other dogs off lead. The only problem is that she has no self control and rather than approaching dogs calmly whilst assessing the situation she'll bolt over at 40mph to say hello. I do muzzle her for this reason along with the fact that she eats everything and anything but it is a bit unnerving for other dog owners.
    She is good in that she will come back when called and if the dog doesn't want to know then she'll come back very quickly but I have stopped letting he off leash whilst waiting for these classes. I also don't have any way of stopping her once she pelts off though and I have done a lot of recall training.

    The reason I am posting is because I have just ordered a 50 foot leash after reading that it could be a good option and hope that it allows me to let her run around whilst still being able to keep control of her.

    My question is that as I've never used one before (only 5 metres) what's the best way of dealing with it if she charges off after another dog? I want to teach her that it's not acceptable to charge over but to approach at a more "regular" pace. Do I stop her on the leash and tell her no and then take her over to the dog or does correcting her like that not really achieve anything as presumably she'd already be quite far away?

    I have seen behaviourists before but have not really got anywhere hence why I'm waiting for these classes but I want to do as much as I can in the meantime to try and curb this habit she has.

    FYI She tends to charge over to dogs even at only a few feet away and I will only use a harness with a long leash
     
  2. Rolosmum

    Rolosmum PetForums VIP

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    Just a quick thought, our dog stops running towards things when we use 'leave' this was just taught as a leave from stuff in the house, and gradually has progressed to leaving anything that we dont want him to have, from children to bikes to other dogs etc.

    In the meantime you will probably have to use a long line if it is a problem to be sure that you can pull him back.
     
  3. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    A long line is a good idea (and well done for using it with a harness, not a collar), but for now she should be on a lead. 'Leave' training is a good idea too. The company of a calm, friendly dog on walks would help. Do you know any who could walk with you? How about regular training classes? She would meet other dogs there under controlled conditions.
     
  4. shibby

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    Long line is a good idea to try and train her to keep within a radius around you. We used a long line on a harness for our pup and whenever he looked like he was interested in a dog across the way, we had more control over the situation as we could pick up/stand on the lead and give him the 'leave' command (then click and reward), rather than letting him run up to the other dogs. We kept him on lead around other dogs and had controlled, calm 'meet and greets' with the dogs we met, so he started to learn how to meet other dogs calmly. He also started learning to leave dogs this way. We'd reward him along the way and he started becoming more interested in my hand (for the treat) than most dogs.
     
  5. Andromeda

    Andromeda PetForums Senior

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    I own lurcher cross she is almost a properly lurcher :D
    Too small and to fat - ok she isn't fat but you can't see bones.
    But she is fast, very fast. With her acceleration she has enough of time to check on dogs and come back before I finish my recall command. Her recall is good, she always will back. Problem is that she lives by her eyes, brain is going after... When I distracted her in right moment - less than few seconds - she is ok, when I'm late she collapse on target and in another second she gone...
    If I would put her on a long line even with harness how fast I would have a dead dog? Sorry for being hash.
    Long line is for stopping a dog to reach his target, not for replacement "off lead" - buried in mind
    On long line a dog have got more freedom, but you can prevent him from self-rewarding behaviour - running to his target instead coming back. Part of teaching recall by using a long line is to give a dog opportunity: come back to you and earning reward or not reaching a target a loosing reward. That's why long lines are usually 15m long.
    I would recommend to you read "The House Lurcher" Jackie Drakeford. There is a lot of basics but in the book she cached a lurcher soul.
    In lurchers blood is to run, with their eyes you will never have an opportunity to relax on walks :D
     
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  6. RobD-BCactive

    RobD-BCactive PetForums VIP

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    To me making sure you are not right on end of line matters, so you can pay out a length when you need to, rather than have a 40 mph dog, suddenly hit the full length at full tilt and get a sudden jerk, which like last poster suggested could risk injury.

    You don't mention how she behaves after bolting, most such dogs have playful intent though some run over and are snarling, showing teeth and being very intimidating. Muzzles tend to worry other owners, it is natural to fear aggression, rather than be rational and realise a muzzled dog cannot bite.

    So I think those who suggest cultivating other understanding dog owners, with non-reactive dogs is a good idea.

    If your dog becomes accostomed to the control of the line the weight of it may inhibit her bolting, even if you are not holding the end of it, as drag will be felt.

    But the ultimate solution is for the dog to be calm and have doggy manners, when seeing other dogs, and be less impulsive.
     
  7. beltabout

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    This post is a bit harsh but a lurcher could be at 30mph plus in 50 feet! The long lead if it does not stop him running at people might harm him.

    My advice is until it is trained keep it on a lead, you are responsible to keep it under control at ALL times, if it knocked someone over and injured them YOU are responsible. The penalties for breaking dog rules can be tough and do allow for the destruction of the dog. The courts and police have a range of powers to deal with offenders you can be imprisoned for up to two years and/or fined. Whilst this is very unlikely it could happen.
     
  8. beltabout

    beltabout PetForums Junior

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    When is a lurcher not a cross?:confused1:
     
  9. Andromeda

    Andromeda PetForums Senior

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    When is mine :D
    I wrote it wrong. Sorry...
     
  10. beltabout

    beltabout PetForums Junior

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    I know lurchers can make you cross!

    It made me smile no end:thumbup:
     

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