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    1. alexpb22
      If you haven't already enrolled in obedience classes, they would be worth doing so that you can maybe stop your dog in her tracks and get her to listen to your commands more.

      All in all it was something that took time but absolutely can be fixed. My dog was six when I started this process so age doesn't come in to it really.

    2. alexpb22
      If you do do this it would be wise to attach the lead to a harness so that it doesn't yank on her head when you stop her.

      We weren't sure if it was general stress that was causing the behaviour outside so for a while along with the classes she had to eat all her meals from a kong. This gave her an outlet for her to let out some mental energy and I think draining her mentally rather than just physically really helped. She may need lots of stimulation and being a shepherd and an intelligent dog may mean that she needs more than my lurcher did so give her frozen kongs so that she can concentrate on them and maybe she'd like some of the doggy puzzle games you can get.

      I'm not sure if you are located anywhere near the classes I mentioned but I recommend them if you are or maybe they could advise you as to other people who offer a similar service near to where you live.
    3. alexpb22
      Hi Lucy,

      I just got your message. I don't log on here much anymore which is why I only just saw it.

      My dog did eventually stop the behaviour but I was doing various things simultaneously so not sure what specifically helped. Part of it I think was settling into her new home (she was a rescue). I also took her to some off lead socialisation classes called Mutts Need Manners who are based near London, but she was very good at the classes and never really displayed the behaviour which was frustrating.

      The important thing is to not let them do this behaviour. Every time they do it it reinforces it in their minds so you need to curb it where possible or put your dog on a lead if you think she will react in advance and then let her off again after a dog has passed. You could even put her on a long line which you can have trailing on the floor so that if she does run off you can stop her in her tracks.
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