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Old 12-21-2010, 02:59 AM
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First of all Bwhahahahahahahahahaha!

Secondly, back to the OP. You have recently moved right? I had a dog that went from sweet as sugar to violently DA after a cross country move. I think it has something to do with not feeling secure. He also has Winnie to protect and dogs often become more protective of their female owners after they have given birth.

I third or fourth (whichever it is) a martingale. Yes, a cruel, hideous martingale that will not only NOT choke your dog but quite possibly save his life.
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:59 AM
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You might want to get the help of some friends with strange dogs and just do exercise where you give Doom treats for allowing the dogs to walk past you and Winnie, teach "watch me" and get him to focus on you instead of locking on the other dog, etc.
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Old 12-22-2010, 02:25 PM
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Phew!! *wipes forehead* Just got through this whole thread! Got kind of derailed there huh?

To the OP, I third, fourth, massively endorse a marti - LOVE 'em!! Sure, some do use them as a "milder" form of correction if that's how you want to train, but many people use them because they're simply more comfortable for the dog. I find with my guys they can sit looser on the neck, move about easier, and STILL won't slip off if you have a pencil-head ducking his head for a sniff. Limited slips are nice too, but I'm a total marti fan.

As for the reactivity, have you tried teaching some default behaviors? Like maybe a default attention? There are some fantastic exercises in McDevitt's "Control Unleashed" that work really well with reactive dogs too (its not just for performance dogs). Might want to check it out
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