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My Dog is Jealous of my Customers!!

Discussion in 'Dog Walking' started by jilldaniel, May 24, 2010.


  1. jilldaniel

    jilldaniel PetForums Junior

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    Hi

    I'm quite new to this forum as have recently got my own dog. I've been a dog walker for almost 2 years now and thought it would be lovely to get my own dog, who could come walking with me. However, my dog has been very aggressive with my customers (who all walk wonderfully together), it's all taken me by surprise as I've never come across anything like this before. He is barking at them and if the dog reacts they are snapping at eachother, it's awful.
    He's ok when he's on the lead, so from now he'll either have to stay at home or i'll walk them on the lead. It's such a shame, and I'm presuming he's jealous.
    Has anyone come across anything like this before? I'd love resolve this so we can all go out together.

    Jill
     
  2. keeleyjane19

    keeleyjane19 Guest

    I owned Cleo before I started my business, but the other 2 came in after.

    I haven't really had a problem like that...sorry to not be of any help, I didn't want to read and run without replying.

    How many do you generally walk at a time?

    Maybe introduce him slowly, and when he is good over board on praise and give treats so he relates them to good things.

    You could introduce them individually say in your garden?

    And see if it's all of them he has a problem with or just one or two?

    Sometimes my dogs are like that to clients dogs, but only when in my home, not really aggressively, they are just making them aware its their territory and they have every right to, some dogs push their luck with them!!

    Someone will be along soon to give more valuable info I'm sure.

    All the best and good luck xx
     
  3. theanimallover

    theanimallover PetForums Newbie

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    Hopefully as Jill just said you will get some more expert advise soon...
    I was wondering, do you take your dog for a walk before he goes out with all the other dogs? If you took him for an hour before 'work' he might be calmer and less excitable, plus you'd get some one2one with him - just a thought.
     
  4. alphadog

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    Could you go somewhere totally neutral for the walks with your charges, somewhere your dog doesn't associate as 'his n your' patch? You might already do this I don't know

    You could also try leaving him in the van/crate whilst you take each dog out in turn and pat them - let him see you do this and praise and treat him when he is calm. Then carefully allow him to jump out too and continue to praise and treat when he shows the right behaviour.

    You must be feeling pretty rotten because you've got a responsibility to proctect your charges, but you want to give your dog a fabulous day and take advantage of your job! I have a similar problem with Selma one of my dogs - I know which of my charges she will and won't socialise well with and I invite her along accordingly. If she misses out on some fab walks then that's just tough luck!

    Fingers crossed for you, let us know how you're getting on :)
     
  5. momentofmadness

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    TBH from what you have put I would be a bit worried about walking yor dog and your clients dogs together..

    I would be worried if a fight broke out.. I mean who's fault would it be what about vet bills etc and keeping your clients..

    But a suggestion would be for you to take another person out with you so you can have more control over the situ....

    When i intro Ziggy I had my friend or sis on hand to walk the zigster.. That way if anything did happened I had help.. xxx
     
  6. pamela Renfrew

    pamela Renfrew PetForums Senior

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    Hi there adn welcome. I do sometimes have the same problem.... I have a GSD who gets jealous of the dogs that I walk... When I collect dogs and put them into the back of the car My Dog does a wee gnarly snap at them.... I reckon he is just telling them that he is boss and that I am his mummy and that the car is his......Every now and again he will start a fight when I show affection to certain dogs....but it is usually just a lot of noise.... I can usually get 11 dogs very successfully all together in my car and out for a walk with no trouble whatsover..... Maybe take you dog out the car first..... then put your clients dog in and then put your dog back in....when you do see signs of his tail going up... then you know there is going to be trouble and you should be ready to take control of the situation at this stage before it gets any further.....You dont say what kind of dog you have and if he is neutered and was he a rescue dog who may have some underlying issues..... Good luck.... dont give in work with him as you got him for a reason.... I have been dog walking for 6 years now and absolutely Love it..... Pamx
     
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    alphadog PetForums VIP

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    Going off topic here, sorry OP.... you walk 11 dogs at any one time Pam, wow?! How do you manage - do you have 11 crates in your car? Do you walk in very remote areas away from other area users? Can you always poo pick for 11? Do you never get a wanderer?
    I only ask because I'm a dog walker and depending on the dogs, I find that taking 3 at a time is tough going. What's your secret?!
     
  8. momentofmadness

    momentofmadness PetForums VIP

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    I cant walk more than 4.. but they are 4 well behaved dogs.. who have manners and not im the boss.

    I hate for a fight to break out with 4 never mind 11..
     
  9. pamela Renfrew

    pamela Renfrew PetForums Senior

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    Hey hey.... I just open the back door of my wee Landy and they all just jump in, find a wee space and settle down..... ranging from labradors, spaniels, collies, a ridgeback and terriers and not forgetting my two boys, gsd and malamute !!!! I do admit there not much room left when I have all 11 in the car but its not for long as I walk them on a huge piece of ground that is completely overgrown with a wee path around it.... So as far as picking up poo's, there is no need because I make sure all the dogs go in the long grass...... I sometimes meet up with another dog walker with her 6 or 7 dogs and they all play happily and have their morning swim together....... It is fantastic to see them all playing away...... My only rule is that if your dog is Entire or not Spayed then I do not entertain them.... I have a few exceptions that I walk with maybe just my two.....and I have my crufts, 3 that dont get out for a walk just a half hour play in the garden...
    All in all it is great fun.... I love it
     
  10. jilldaniel

    jilldaniel PetForums Junior

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    Hi

    Only just realised I had all these replies!

    Ok, to answer a few questions, he is an 11 month old cockapoo(!), we got him a couple of months ago from a man who could no longer look after him. He does have issues, he is nervous around people and barks a lot at dogs and people, sometimes aggressively. We are taking him to dog classes to try to help with this. He is worse with my customers so I dont take him out with them very often. I dont drive so only walk 3 dogs together at the most. He has never bitten, it is just very agressive type barking, he's worse with certain dogs, he definately wants to be the boss!

    He's worse off lead, sometimes it'll start as play and then end up getting quite aggressive. I could try and think of somewhere new to take them but generally take him to all the places I take my customers, so that's tricky. I've tried taking him for a walk before hand but tiring him out doesnt seem to help. Generally I'm trying to keep him away from my customers for now, but I'd love to get it sorted out if possible.

    Jillx
     
  11. pamela Renfrew

    pamela Renfrew PetForums Senior

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    Hi Jill. Is your dog neutered ???? Maybe an option.... I had to get my GSD done as he was getting a little out of control at times towards any dog that we met..... It helped a lot..... Also it is important for me to be able to control a big dog, especially when I am walking so many other dogs at the same time..He seems young enough that you can get a grip on the situation.... Keep us updated with his progress..... Pamx
     
  12. jilldaniel

    jilldaniel PetForums Junior

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    I knew I'd missed something! No he's not, I've been waiting until he was over one as I'd heard this was better. So will be getting that done over the next couple of month, I'm really hoping that calms him down. He ran off and humped a male Westie on the beach last night!!
     
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    Just a suggestion but after the neuter how about socialisation classes? Would that help at all?
     
  14. exonian

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    I run and own a professional dog walking business. I only ever take my 2 dogs when I walk a maximum of 2 others and only when I know the other dogs well. I only ever walk a maximum of 3 dogs and thats on a 5 acre private site which is fenced!

    In my opinion, to walk 11 dogs and have them all loose in a car is a disgrace. Even my insurance says I can only walk a maximum of 4!! I have a custom van with crates and all dogs are seperated in their own individual crates.

    TBH I'm quite shocked! :scared:
     
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