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Old 01-31-2012, 01:20 AM   #1
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Angry getting really stressed now....

my bella is really starting to depress me im in despirate needs to some advice on what do do when my yorkie attacks everyone and everything we walk past?

i just tug on the lead a bit and say no in a stern voice but it dosent do anything!

took bella to the beach a little pup spaniel wanted to play with bella and as always bella went crazy snapping and making the most vicious noises ever to the poor little thing laying on its back crying like it was saying please dont hurt me, bella obv did not read the body launguage of this dog and corried on

she constantly growls and snars and snaps and im getting so angry with her latley (no i dont hit her or anything) i just get in a bad mood with my family n stuff.

Im so embarrased of her it drives me round the bend, i just want to do how she will get the message that i dont want her to do it! ive watched the dog whisperer and its me or the dog but i find it to complicated to put in to practice myself.... bella is fine in the house with me and my family but i have to lock her away when people shes never met come round
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:35 AM   #2
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Sounds like it may be best to hire a trainer, or try basic obedience classes. Hiring a trainer may produce desired results quicker though. Sorry you're having problems....
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:25 AM   #3
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I also suggest you see a professional...any information we could give you on here about training might actually cause problems to get worse, as we can't actually read your dog's body language...

In the meantime I would also just like to say...try to be patient with her. She doesn't know what she is doing is wrong...she is just reacting, but if you are stressed when you go out, she'll pick up on that tension and it will escalate her behaviour. Although my girl was very calm, and easy to train, I've had my share of times that I was frustrated by her behaviour....and times when I used to cry thinking "Why can't it just be easy...I just want to enjoy my time with her...and not have to "fight" with her all the time" Learning to be patient and calm regardless of her "behaviour" has been a real lesson for me. Bella wants to be good...she is depending on you to help her do that...and it sounds like you might need the help of a professional trainer to be the best owner/mom you can be!
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One small thing you can do as you screen trainers is walk away BEFORE your pup reacts. For example, you're walking in the park an you see a child up ahead. You know children set her off. Don't get tense (she feels your energy down the lead) and continue to walk calmly. You know better than anyone how her reaction starts and proceeds. As soon as she spots them and you know she's going to go off, happily say, "let's go this way," leading her away in the opposite direction (back where you came from). The hardest part will be to get her to catch her right before she goes off, luring her away with your happy attitude or treats. A walk nice harness that clips in the front might be helpful since it will help lead her in the direction you want to go and stop her from getting her reward. (reward being barking and snarling) you only have to go back 10 or 15 steps and try again. Eventually, she'll learn that the only way the walk will proceed and you two stop going in circles is by her remaining calm.
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Old 01-31-2012, 02:22 PM   #5
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thanx for the advice people! although getting a trainer wont be happening ive rang up loads and they cost 100s of pounds and because im an apprentice getting 2:50 per hour that wont be happening for a while

she just drives me mad, the whole street is afraid of bella and im petrified she will bite someone one day and i will have to get her put down

i have no idea what ive done wrong with her i took her to all the socialization classes as a pup ect and tried to to the best with her and i have failed misrabley
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Old 01-31-2012, 04:14 PM   #6
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My only advice is to stop feeling like a failure. Your dog reads your emotions - probably better than you do. You are afraid and anxious, likely before you even leave the house. You're probably putting tension on the leash. When another dog approaches she can feel your anxiety. Calm and assertive is how you have to be. And, if you've watched the Dog Whisperer, you know that timing is everything. Really watch your dog to see the signals she gives off BEFORE she escalates her behaviour. That is the point that you need to de-escalate her, not after the fact.

I understand that money can be tight. Have you thought about a doggy daycare where she can be around other dogs without you there? It's likely cheaper than a trainer, and that might be just what she needs to learn how to behave around other dogs. The doggy daycare in our neighborhood costs $10 for half a day. Even once a week for 2 hours might help. But again, you would have to be cautious of the attitude you're giving off if you're dropping her off. You MUST be calm and confident, not afraid.
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:43 AM   #7
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Ok,
While I still think having some sort of professional (either a trainer, or perhaps an experienced breeder/dog owner) might help to ensure that you are seeing what you think you are seeing...

Try this...

Is she food motivated? While walking, remain calm, if you see another dog approach...turn walk away...if you can use a treat to get her to focus on you instead, as soon as she is making eye contact with YOU...reward her...and if it is hard for her...hit her with the Jackpot...every second she is watching you and not paying attention to the other dog is worth a treat...Eventually your goal would be that Bella sees another dog and immediately turns to you for a treat! Reward, reward, reward...

Then the other dog is not a threat...but something that makes good things happen.

If she is very sensitive, you might have to start when you see a dog far in the distance...but eventually you should be able to get closer...BUT timing is everything...you want to be rewarding her for looking at YOU...not reacting to the dog...

Best of Luck...And above all KEEP CALM...isn't that the British saying....
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON! Its become very popular on this side of the pond lately.
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i am feeling a bit more relaxed now, yes there is a doggy day care near me and it sound amazing they even paint paw pictures haha but its still very expencive like its 10 an hour which i would pay but you can only do certian hours so it makes it expensive! eee lol

bella is my best friend and i want her to be everyones friend, i try to be calm and stuff on walks but it still dosent seem to do anything...im going to try the treats thing next time shes out thanx again people really appreciate the advice! xx
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Best of Luck...And above all KEEP CALM...isn't that the British saying....
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON! Its become very popular on this side of the pond lately.
We do indeed!!

And we also say - "Keep calm and eat cupcakes"!!! (or chocolate, or anything really! ).

Totally agree with everything you say, by the way! Sally x
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while my yorkie has no problems such as these, I did have a French Brittany spaniel years ago that had similair issues. im no trainer, but we did overcome her aggression together. took some time, but we got through it. she was a rescue and was abused.
I have no idea your circumstances and can't begin to imagine what is going through your little girls head but perhaps give this a try.
I invited other dogs over every couple days, and kept maddie in a pen within eyesight. it was frustrating at first, because she would go nuts, but I just calmly played with the other dog. everyday, I would move the pen a bit closer to our play. after a few days, she did not bark anymore. over a few weeks, she was in the pen only inches from where I played with another dog.
finally I got rid of the pen and while holding her I continued to play with the other dog. I only did this for 10 minutes at a time, then back in the pen. after another week, I played with the other dog without holding her at all. she would not get involved, but the was not aggresive. within another week, she was playing as well. everytime she finished a 10 minute playtime, I made sure she new how excited I was.
it worked, and lasted. not saying this will work for you, but on a limited budget, it might be worth a try. just be sure to be confident and strong while doing this. try to limit the stress around her, in front of her. I know that's hard, but as others have mentioned, dogs really feel our emotions. unfortunatley, they don't always understand them. dogs are really tuned in to body language, but they have a difficult time in figuring out where it is directed the majority of the time(.my oppinion)
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Great advice above. Please any more advice would help. I have some issues with my dog barking and growling at other dogs. Not quite as bad, but I definitely could use any advice as well.
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the thing the gets on my nerves the most is the trainers prices and stuff
rang loads and its the same old thing!
pay 100s of pounds only for them to meet your dog once for an assesment then they say they give you the traning tips and then they are only contactable through emails and phone (which still costs you) im like thats not what i want i want someone to be there with me inmy home when i need them working along side me in person, i can get advise on the internet for free its so annoying!

just hope i can get help soon......when im a millionaire
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Sounds like it may be best to hire a trainer, or try basic obedience classes. Hiring a trainer may produce desired results quicker though. Sorry you're having problems....
I agree!
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If you can't afford a trainer, (or even if you can) you have to be willing to put in the time and consistent training. Have you ever tried clicker trainin?. I highly recommend it. But very very important that you read and learn the proper technique for using it. There are dvds that are v ery good that are step by step. I swear by clicker training.

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