Dog trouble

I took my dog out for a walk this evening, and what actually ended up happening was a fight with another dog. A very small Yorkshire terrier that wasn’t on a leash. I found out that I’m not in control of my dog. Not even close. I don’t have a BIG dog. He’s a collie/golden mix, and is about 56 lbs. It took every ounce of strength to get him away from the other dog (who kept running TOWARD my dog). I put my entire weight into it, and it was hard work. It was dark out. I like to walk at night. One reason I take my dog out at night is that we’re less likely to encounter anyone. Sometimes he will behave himself if we see people or other dogs, and sometimes he won’t. I took him immediately home and called to sign up for obedience training. I haven’t been a very good dog owner, because I haven’t been firm with him at all. Lately, he’s gotten more and more bratty! This morning I made some bread and left it on the counter. Within a few minutes he had it on the floor. When I tried to take it away from him, he growled at me! Anyway, the beginning obedience class starts on Sunday and runs 8 weeks. After that, there are other classes we can take. I’m interested in getting him to listen to commands and to stop his aggressive behavior.

When I take Buddy to the dog park, where they’re all allowed off their leashes, he seems to do fine. It’s when he’s on a leash that he becomes a monster. In the meantime, I’m going to stop using the retractible leash and just keep him on a short leash. When he pulls, I’ll have to stop him. Giving him more leash because he pulled was a reward for bad behavior.

2 Comments

  1. BASSPLAYER

    HELLO BETH.
    MY NAME IS MARK.
    YOU GOT DOG PROBLEMSĶ.
    GOOD Ķ. GET USE TO ITĶ.
    BEEN READING YOUR BLOG, THE DOG THING GOT TO ME.
    HAVE YOU BEEN TAKING HIM TO SCHOOL ?
    HE NEEDS THAT TYPE OF INTER ACTIONĶ.
    BUDDY WILL TEST YOU AND TEST YOU UNTIL
    YOU THE MASTER KNOWS BUDDYĶ

    1. BUDDY IS A WILD ANIMAL INSIDE HE ALWAYS
    WILL BE . HE CANT HELP IT. GOD MADE HIM THAT WAYĶ

    2 WE AS MASTERS WHO LOVE ANIMALS MUST ALWAYS
    REMEMBER RULE ONE..

    3. HOW TO TRAIN BUDDY?

    IF YOU STRIKE OR HIT YOUR DOG ALWAYS DO IT FROM THE FLOOR UP NOT
    DOWN. AN ANIMAL SEE A DOWN STRIKE AS A HIT FROM
    A BIRD OF PREY.

    A STRIKE FROM BELOW IS FROM ANOTHER DOG OR PREDATORĶ

    GET IT ? YOU DONT WANT TO BE A BIRD OF PREYĶ.

    MOVE YOUR ARMS , YOUR DOG SHOULD NOT SHY AWAYĶ\

    TAKE A CAN PUT A FEW COINS IN IT Ķ. 2 DIMES , 1 QUARTER , 3 NICKELS AND A PENNIES
    AND SHAKE IT Ķ. BUDDYS EARS WILL HEAR THIS

    HE WONT LIKE IT ĶĶ.HE WILL CRINGE ĶĶTHIS IS YOUR TEACHING TOOLĶ.

    IF HE DOESNT SIT Ķ JUST SHAKE HARD ONCE AND MAKE HIM SITĶ.

    TRUST ME THE CAN WORKSĶ DO NOT THROW THE CAN JUST SHAKE AND GIVE THE COMMANDĶ.

    WHEN BUDDY OBEYS GIVE HIM A TREAT
    GOOD LUCK
    MARK

    PS LET BUDDY GO IF UNDER ATTACK YOU MIGHT GET HURT Ķ

    GOD MADE BUDDY TO BE HIMSELF HE DOESNT NEED YOU FOR PROTECTION… GOD MADE HIM
    TO LOVE AND TO PROTECT YOU…GOD KNOWS
    … HE IS A GIFT FROM GOD TO YOU …
    CHERISH HIM, BUT HE CAN PROTECT HIMSELF
    HE KNOWS WHEN TO RUN……

    HE LOVES YOU Ķ. GET IT! Ķ YOUR IN HIS WAYĶ.

    PPS BEEN READING YOUR BLOG.
    AND
    YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS!
    MARK

    PPPS HAD DOGS ALL MY LIFE ALL 52 YEARS AND I GET REMARIED AND GUESS WHAT?
    NO DOGS BUT THREE CATS ! GOD DOES HAVE STRANGE SENSE OF HUMOR!!!!

  2. BASSPLAYER

    HELLO BETH.
    MY NAME IS MARK.
    YOU GOT DOG PROBLEMSĶ.
    GOOD Ķ. GET USE TO ITĶ.
    BEEN READING YOUR BLOG, THE DOG THING GOT TO ME.
    HAVE YOU BEEN TAKING HIM TO SCHOOL ?
    HE NEEDS THAT TYPE OF INTER ACTIONĶ.
    BUDDY WILL TEST YOU AND TEST YOU UNTIL
    YOU THE MASTER KNOWS BUDDYĶ

    1. BUDDY IS A WILD ANIMAL INSIDE HE ALWAYS
    WILL BE . HE CANT HELP IT. GOD MADE HIM THAT WAYĶ

    2 WE AS MASTERS WHO LOVE ANIMALS MUST ALWAYS
    REMEMBER RULE ONE..

    3. HOW TO TRAIN BUDDY?

    IF YOU STRIKE OR HIT YOUR DOG ALWAYS DO IT FROM THE FLOOR UP NOT
    DOWN. AN ANIMAL SEE A DOWN STRIKE AS A HIT FROM
    A BIRD OF PREY.

    A STRIKE FROM BELOW IS FROM ANOTHER DOG OR PREDATORĶ

    GET IT ? YOU DONT WANT TO BE A BIRD OF PREYĶ.

    MOVE YOUR ARMS , YOUR DOG SHOULD NOT SHY AWAYĶ\

    TAKE A CAN PUT A FEW COINS IN IT Ķ. 2 DIMES , 1 QUARTER , 3 NICKELS AND A PENNIES
    AND SHAKE IT Ķ. BUDDYS EARS WILL HEAR THIS

    HE WONT LIKE IT ĶĶ.HE WILL CRINGE ĶĶTHIS IS YOUR TEACHING TOOLĶ.

    IF HE DOESNT SIT Ķ JUST SHAKE HARD ONCE AND MAKE HIM SITĶ.

    TRUST ME THE CAN WORKSĶ DO NOT THROW THE CAN JUST SHAKE AND GIVE THE COMMANDĶ.

    WHEN BUDDY OBEYS GIVE HIM A TREAT
    GOOD LUCK
    MARK

    PS LET BUDDY GO IF UNDER ATTACK YOU MIGHT GET HURT Ķ

    GOD MADE BUDDY TO BE HIMSELF HE DOESNT NEED YOU.

    HE LOVES YOU Ķ. GET IT! Ķ YOUR IN HIS WAYĶ.

    PPS BEEN READING YOUR BLOG.
    AND
    YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS!
    MARK

    PPPS HAD DOGS ALL MY LIFE ALL 52 YEARS AND I GET REMARIED AND GUESS WHAT?
    NO DOGS BUT THREE CATS ! GOD DOES HAVE STRANGE SENSE OF HUMOR!!!!

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