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Old 11-04-2006, 02:40 PM   #1
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I have a choc lab (2 years) and a little golden lab who's now 18 weeks old. We normally walk up the woods but I want to get her used to walking along the pavements while she's still young. I took her out this evening and have never seen and definately not had a puppy that does this! Whenever a car goes past she has this seriously worrying habit of trying to leap straight into its path. She's behaving like it's something fun to play with and quite obviously I don't agree!

Has anyone else had a pup that does that? She's a fairly timid little puppy really but Meg (my choc lab) always seems to give her confidence which is why we took her too. I hoped she'd just copy Meg and trot along sniffing but no... it's not like she's frightened of the cars and is leaping to attack what she's frightened of, it seems genuinely playful. Each time I consistently reprimanded her, a firm 'no' and a correction back to my side with the lead but to no avail. I want to keep taking her out to get used to it so am I correcting her properly or would you do something different? I expect she'll learn but it just seems like a strange thing to do so as always I value your opinions!

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Old 11-04-2006, 03:54 PM   #2
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She,obviously, has a lot of prey/play drive.
By this, I mean,she wants to run after any-thing that is moving.You find it a lot with herding and working breeds which will include hunting dogs.Most of all, if they come from a field or working lign versus a show lign.Knowing that, you need to be careful cos cars are dangerous.
I would start by taking her to an obedience class or get a trainer,ASAP.
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Old 11-04-2006, 04:35 PM   #3
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hmmm, thanks, her father was a working labrador so I guess that's why it's a strong trait in her

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The previous post suggests obedience class and I agree...but in the mean time you can have her sit for you, when the cars go by, and treat her as they pass, to kind of redirect her attention, and lavish her with praise when she is sitting. This way she is not continuing with risky behaviour.

Our area has an Obedience Club where they have a program of classes. The price is the most reasonable that I have seen anywhere. They charge $75 for a series of eight classes, one night a week. Maybe there is something like that in your town.

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Old 11-05-2006, 02:18 AM   #5
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What an adorable pic of your two dogs Meg! =)

Not sure on what to suggest for your pup, tho, as I havent had that problem yet. Maybe set out some treats down the sidewalk (kind alike a trail of crumbs) to keep her going forward? Altho, that may get pricey after awhile lol

Like the others mentioned, proably the best bet would be to take dog obedience classes. I know several people/pups who have been helped alot by going to them.

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Mackeilas' trail of crumbs idea is good. If you hold a small treat in your left hand at your side, (assuming you are heeling the dog on your left side), and make sure she knows it is there, you may be able to keep her attention away from vehicles. This is the method we used to teach Abby where she is expected to position herself for loose leash heeling. It is like a trail of crumbs. When she lets a car pass without much reaction, treat her and praise her lavishly.

We found some tiny treats that Abby loves at www.sitstay.com. They are called Simon and Hueys' soft training treats. It is important for the treat to be small so the dog can munch it down without breaking stride when you are trying to establish a kind of training pace. If you can keep them going at a pace, they don't get distracted as much, and you have more opportunity for them to do right and receive praise. It will probably be easier to teach her, if you take her out by herself, so you don't have to watch the other dog, until she gets up to speed.

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Old 11-06-2006, 05:55 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone that's very helpful, I shall take heed of your advice!

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