If you have a friend who has another dog that your pooch has not been around a lot before, set up a time you can practice with one another. The idea is to get your pooch to not bark. Get your doggy used to your friend's dog coming around the corner. Once your dog does not bark at the other dog praise her immensely and try different settings to get her used to different situations.
When out walking your dog, if you see an oncoming dog, calmly turn your dog and begin walking in the opposite direction.
- If walking in the opposite direction is not possible, calmly and safely walk your dog across the street so you’re not heading directly into the path of the oncoming dog.
- If you have a small dog, pick him up when another dog approaches and turn so his head is facing away from the oncoming dog.
- Enlist the help of a friend and practice walking your dogs toward each other.
- When you see another dog coming, practice commands such as watch me, sit, down, heel to distract his attention and be sure to treat and praise for each accomplishment.
- If you can’t control your dog, use the tools you need, depending upon your dog such as a head halter, prong collar, martingale, ecollar, etc. If you don’t know how to humanely and safely use these tools, consult with a trainer.
- Never allow your dog to stare at other dogs for longer than two seconds.
- Stay relaxed, calm, confident, and in control so your dog feels relaxed.
- Contact a trainer for help if you need it.
- Try using an ultrasonic training device.
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