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Old 03-19-2008, 01:38 PM   #1
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Exclamation 3 1/2 month old puppy aggressive to passing cars.

This has happened suddenly yesterday; she noticed the cars passing on the busy road we walk along and wants to attack them-all of them-in all four lanes of traffic(2 lanes each way). She is lunging and barking and snapping at the cars, I can see she is angry not playing. I have persisted today with constant correction "No!" /pull lead/ and crouching down and praising her when she doesn't snap at the passing cars.

Other than persistence does anyone have any other suggestion on what I should do?

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Old 03-19-2008, 01:55 PM   #2
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Relax...your dog is playing. However, I can see how this behavior is not the kind you'd want walking close to traffic. When she starts acting up stop dead in your tracks and completely ignore her - in fact, examine the sky until you notice she calms down. The instant she calms down, give her some praise/attention and continue on your walk. What you are doing is ignoring the behavior you don't want and rewarding the behavior you do. She's still quite a young pup, so be consistent. Good luck.
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Ive seen this dilemma a few times before, the dog dosplay aggressive behaviour and the car dissapeared. IN the dogs world they thought they succeeded with scaring the car off which reinforce the bad behaviour. I'd say have cars pass by with friends in that when she start barking, they stop instead, go out and give her a treat. That should do it fairly fast due to the young age.

due to the fact of being 3 and ahalf month old, the basic correction should do it too, BUT if she is insecure it can scare her more also. Better she learns she aint getting nothing for it, and that cars contain nice people with treats.

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I know it works to have a neighbor or friend drive by and when she lounges at the car, spray her face good.

Or, while walking and she starts to lunge at cars, turn a 360 and go the other way to confuse her. She is making a game from this and it will get worse if left go. Just pray she never gets loose, this is the kind that gets killed quickly on the main roads.

Car chasing is bad, do not reward her, ignore her for now. Try to play the ignore method and change ways to try and get her attention into direction of where she is going rather than enjoying a walk barking at cars.
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I think I wrote a long post on this a while back. You might do a search for car chasing and see what you come up with. I don't have time to go through all the steps I wrote in that post. If you don't find it, let me know and I'll see if I can find the time to rewrite it. There were other ideas given in that thread too.

Your dog is young, so getting on the behavior now will be a big help. You don't mention your dog's breed. The behavior you describe is often a very high drive herding behavior, and it is often confused for aggression. Either way, it must be controlled as car chasing can lead to death, obviously.
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I did see another thread on car chasing, I don't think it was your article and it's getting really late here so I will have a look again tomorrow.

More specifics: This is a 10 minute walk to my children's school and then we walk in quieter areas for another 50 minutes or so taking the long way home. Susie is a Lab/Shep/Husky mix. I could probably do the stop and ignore if I gave myself more time or even left her home and came back for her to walk her along the busy road.

That's it for me tonight - thanks to everyone for their responses - I will keep checking back and do some more searches on the forum as well.

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I did see another thread on car chasing, I don't think it was your article and it's getting really late here so I will have a look again tomorrow.

More specifics: This is a 10 minute walk to my children's school and then we walk in quieter areas for another 50 minutes or so taking the long way home. Susie is a Lab/Shep/Husky mix. I could probably do the stop and ignore if I gave myself more time or even left her home and came back for her to walk her along the busy road.

That's it for me tonight - thanks to everyone for their responses - I will keep checking back and do some more searches on the forum as well.

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Your pup is 3 1/2 months old??? That is seriously too long of a time for a pup that age to be walking. Forced exercise is not good on growing joints and bones, the max walk you should be taking is about 15 minutes.
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Really? Susie has so much energy that I though a nice walk would be good for her ... she seems happy enough to be out - is there a way to tell if she is having trouble? I don't walk fast and we take a break at the school ...

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off leash is ok.. it's on lead that is worse..
off lead they can move in harmony, and rest when tired, but if you walk too fast and on lead it's a bigger risk for joint issues. I had a young flat that I walked a lot but he was almost always off lead and on lead very little, he x rayed perfectly and is still doing perfectly.
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Yeah, Relax ... you don't need to be worried. Your puppy is playing .

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