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Dog's Behaviour on lead is horrible

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Daire Galvin, Jan 5, 2021.


  1. Daire Galvin

    Daire Galvin PetForums Newbie

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    Hi there, 6 month old boxer owner here. When we take him out on his walks, he starts to bite and tug on his lead alot for no reason, and will go for hands sometimes. We've had a trainer out and she has asked if there is any pattern to when he starts, but there is none so far. He is well behaved in the house, although very overexcitable. My mum tried to keep the harness on him for a while so he wouldn't be as annoyed by it being on, but this only made him aggressive, especially when I tried to take it off. Any ideas on how to get him to walk normally? It's become a real problem to the point nobody in my house wants to walk him
     
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    Twiggy PetForums VIP

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    Trust me there is always a reason. I would guess it's excitement and he's trying to get you to play. Most of my collies have done it as youngsters (and some not so young). Does he settle once you've been out on your walk for a while?
     
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    Daire Galvin PetForums Newbie

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    Not really, it's usually the worst on the walk back home. He tends not to do it as much when we bring him to a park or somwhere other than his usual walk
     
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    My boxer does this he is often either over excited or overtired. He is playing but yes it is very annoying. Boxers can be quite boisterous in play.

    I take a tug with me and redirect when he starts or if your dogs a foodie sniffing is very calming sprinkle some treats on the ground for him to sniff out and find again redirecting the behaviour.
     
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    LOL I saw the title, opened the post and got this far and just chuckled. The above pretty much sums it up. You have a 6 month old boxer. He is going to be horrible in some way or another, it's in their job description :D

    As above, get him to redirect on to a toy and use that drive to play to ask him to do things.
    I'd keep working with the trainer because you're going to need to learn all sorts of tips and tricks to help him focus, keep focus, and learn some impulse control too. Boxers are really fun, awesome dogs, but they are a lot of dog especially in their younger years.
     
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    :p
     
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    You know it's all true!! :p
     
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    My uncle has almost the same dog's behavior issues, and the only thing that helped is - different toys, that could entertained dog. I can suggest websites where you can buy different toys, like this one with interactive dog toys for boredom where you can get two or three different toys, and look what exact toys does you dog like to play with.
     
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