he will run around a little bit but since he is not nice to other dogs there is no place where i can let him run free. i used to trust him in the backyard but lately hes been running over to the neighbors yard to start trouble with their rottweilers. he really likes being with other dogs but he gets really crazy and sometimes mean around them so im very apprehensive about getting another dog. he will not walk in the neighborhood for very long and when i take him to the park he is done after about a mile, and he is a huge pain if there are people or dogs around which of course there always are.
i feel like hes bored and im such an active person i wish i could do more things with him. i love him to death but he is so independent i dont know what to do to keep him active and stimulated!
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That's a good idea. Or you could just make up events in your backyard to train him to do.
|i would love to do agility with him, are most agility classes one on one or group? he unfortunately does not do well in group settings.... also we do not have a fence (they are not allowed in our neighborhood) in our yard and lately i do not trust him off leash so backyard training is out
in better news- we went for a really long walk today (well long for him), i cant say he enjoyed all of it, but at least we got some exercise!
|I am curious why you think he doesn't enjoy the walks. What does he do to indicate that? Does he stop in his tracks or refuse to go forward? Maybe you could work with a behaviorist to address his aggression towards other dogs? Because without playmates or walks, he is probably pretty unhappy. . .|
|You might be able to find private agility lessons, some teachers do one on one stuff. W/ Walters aggression issues I can see your point of trying to keep him out of crowds. you could try to teach him some games, like Fetch (i know, I know not an OES strong point) or maybe herding??? Does he do well with other sorts of animals? Maybe he could herd ducks???(hey, I've seen dogs do that!) At least they can fly away sort of if he gets naughty.|
|when i walk him around the neighborhood he stops and refuses to move. lately ive been dragging him a few feet and then hell start trotting along again, but the second we turn to go back he is dragging me.. he cant wait to get home. i take him to the park twice a week (i dont live with him so its hard to get home more than that) and he will walk about a mile or so there, but he gets very anxious when there are people around, which of course there always are and again he cant wait to get back to the car and go home.
we have had 3 trainers and one behaviorist, lots of money and lots of stress, but he has come a long way. he just seems to be mr lazy and mr independent lately. i think if he got used to other dogs he would play, but before he gets used to them he can be very mean and i cant ask people to let my dog beat up theres until he gets used to them.
You might be able to find private agility lessons, some teachers do one on one stuff. W/ Walters aggression issues I can see your point of trying to keep him out of crowds. you could try to teach him some games, like Fetch (i know, I know not an OES strong point) or maybe herding??? Does he do well with other sorts of animals? Maybe he could herd ducks???(hey, I've seen dogs do that!) At least they can fly away sort of if he gets naughty.
haha herding ducks would be so cute! i was thinking of calling a lady that does herding lessons about an hour away and telling her my situation and seeing if she thinks we should give it a try. im just so scared that he would hurt the sheep!
|Hmmm I wonder if he has painful hips or paws? Did they ever check his thyroid levels when the worst of the aggressiveness was happening?
Or maybe he is nervous and wants to be home.... or maybe it's an extension of his resource guarding.. he wants to guard the house and the food inside?
Can you give him treats outside without him getting all worked up?
Maybe itty bitty treats during walks, or when you reach the farthest point of the walk?
Just thinking out loud.
|You said that you don't live with him (is that anymore and you used to?) He may be mad about that. You know how sheepies pout.
Can you take him somewhere so that he can run and be off-leash safe away from others? He may need to just run (if he will come back to you).
Just trying to throw out some ideas.
|That sounds like quite a tough situation...I got my Walter a backpack for him to carry on walks with us. I have to say that he is far less distracted, and as soon as I put it on him, I think he feels like he's on a mission - ready to go, and will stop at nothing to "get the job done."
It may be too simple a solution for the more complicated Walter, but for $30-50 it could be worth a try.
Perhaps other inside games like hide and seek. Does he know any cool tricks? That may be a constructive way to spend some active time together...
Also just thinking aloud...good luck!
|Your dog sounds very much like mine, except that Q has more energy. Yes, group training is stressful for both of us, but we have done it. Q adjusts to most of the other dogs in about 4 to 6 lessons, but some dogs never. I have found that walking with another dog helps her become familiar with that dog, so you might try looking for a walking buddy. Start to walk parallel to one another but at a safe distance and gradually get closer together. I can even trust Q off leash with her walking buddies, so your dog may eventually get a new playmate in the process.
If your dog is at all food motivated, try some hide and seek games. Q has a cloth cube that once had balls in it before she destroyed them. Every morning I stuff biscuits in the cube and hide it in the yard (summer) or in the back part of the house (winter) and make her find it. Or you could hide a Kong - that will last longer. I've even stuffed biscuits into enpty Yoplait containers and made her work them out. These kinds of games are also good for the dog's mind.
|If he's not in pain or his eyes aren't a problem (poor eye sight can cause a host of behavior problems)...he needs a new outlook. Stick him in the car and take him someplace very unusual...a lake, stream, big park where he can be away from other people and dogs. Make it a picnic, both of you eat. Play some games, bring a toy. Always keep him on lead though, follow me thru the city isn't a game.
We used to load up a dog or two and go to the DQ!
My neighbor trained horses. When he'd get to a block with a horse, they'd go on a very long walk along our irrigation canals, by the farm fields, etc. The horse would be thrilled to see something new! Then training came easier.
|I have nothing to offer in the way of suggestions that haven't already been said. My dogs love being out.
Maybe one of the suggestions already given might work?
Anyhow, good luck. Maybe Walter can get beyond this.
|thanks for the suggestions, i am in hawaii for 2 months so i wont get to work with him for a while :/ the good news is that before i left we had a bbq and a lot of people came over and walter had a fantastic time! he was running around the yard and getting lots of love, i was very proud of him!|
|Yay for Walter!!
Enjoy your time in Hawaii. You'll probably never want to come back to Chicago.
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