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Dog that screams?!

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Jessica Parker, Apr 6, 2019.


  1. Jessica Parker

    Jessica Parker PetForums Newbie

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    hi almost two months ago we took in a spayed female dog (she’s 1 & 4 months)that has bad behaviour issues outside. She’s a completely different dog inside, she actually listens to us but outside is a different story... when walking her on a lead she will scream and make this awful high pitched noise if she sees another dog we think it’s frustration (maybe anxiety) as she isn’t off the lead and she can’t go play she also pulls terribly she will not listen at all it’s impossible to get her attention outside we did start progressing with her we managed to let her off the lead and get her to come back to us while distracted but it seems like we’re going round in circles.

    The backstory is the people who used to have her didn’t walk her because one works full time and the other has medical problems so can’t, the dog Nala was also brought up around a chihuahua but we don’t think she’s been socialised well at all.
    But it seems like she hasn’t been out at all she’s constantly looking around at everything she started screaming at a plastic bag the other week, she definitely hasn’t been disciplined either she has no manners she lunges at strangers while on the lead and today she actually grabbed a small dogs tail today she isn’t aggressive I think it was the frustration of being on the lead but when we let her off and she sees a dog she will not come back, we are looking to get a dog trainer in as we can’t cope with her
     
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  2. Linda Weasel

    Linda Weasel PetForums VIP

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    Try to walk her where there aren’t many other dogs or people, and work out what her distance is for being aware but not reacting, then you can reward calm behaviour. Hopefully a good trainer, using positive reward based methods, will be able to help you with this.

    ‘Discipline’ to me means using aversive methods and trying to stop a dog from doing things, rather than teaching it what you would rather it do under any given circumstances.
     
  3. Jessica Parker

    Jessica Parker PetForums Newbie

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    Thankyou.
    We have bought her a 15m long lead so we can let her explore without having to worry about her running off for now, we have been trying to practise when there are not many dogs around some days we have been getting lucky and there hasn’t been any dogs where we normally take her these have been our good days!
    We find it very hard to get her to even stay calm for a few minutes when she’s outside but will definitely continue to reward her every time we notice she is calm.
     
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    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    If she's on that 15m line and runs to the end of it, she could severely damage her neck if it's attached to a collar; it MUST be on a harness.
    One of the dogs (not my own) that I walk has similar behaviour. It's a mixture of frustration and anxiety. Because he's on a lead, he has no way to escape if the other dog is aggressive towards him, and his owners try to control his outbursts by pulling him in tighter when he does it with them, which of course only makes him more confined. Off lead - on a trailing line like the one you've bought - he's fine with other dogs and greets nicely.
     
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  5. Jessica Parker

    Jessica Parker PetForums Newbie

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    Yes don’t worry we always make sure she’s on a harness while on the long lead!
    That’s understandable I suppose as the dog cannot get where he wants to be so it frustrates him as he is stuck on the lead, Thankyou
     
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    Jessica Parker PetForums Newbie

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    She’s terrible with pulling, the harness we currently have doesn’t help at all I don’t think.
     
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