lUNGING AFTER CARS

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HI ALL,
I am new to this site and I could use some advice. I adopted a 15 month old Dobie that lunges after cars and other dogs. It makes it really hard for me to walk him since he acts out like this. My vet prescribed Prozac, but I do not want to put him on meds. I am also working with a dog trainer, but I am not sure it's really helping. Thanks!

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If your trainer isn't helping find a new trainer. 

 

I'd suggest looking up collar options like a Prong for example.  Make sure you read up on it's proper use but it can help a lot with lunging and pulling on a leash.  It's a training tool until he learns....Others on here have used other types of collars but I found the prong to work good with Rocky.  

 

Learn to know what he's going to do before he does it.  When a car or dog comes by BEFORE he lunges make him sit and get his attention.  Stop the act before it starts is the key....

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Lori has some good suggestions. 

You might also try going somewhere like a parking lot where cars are NOT moving and let your boy sniff and walk around and get up close to cars that are not a threat to him.  De-sensitising a dog to certain objects often takes the stress out of seeing them. 

When you're on walks, carry some really tasty treats (boiled chicken cut into tiny squares works wonders) and every time you anticipate that he might possibly lunge at a car or anything else, get his attention BEFORE he lunges, keep his attention with the treat in his sight, and if he lets the car or dog or person or bicycle (or whatever) go by without incident---praise him up, tell him what a wonderful dog he is, and give him the treat.  NO TREATS if he still lunges...only when he doesnt do it.

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Thank you so much for your input. I am using a prong collar and that helps a bit, but getting him to focus is a whole different story. He acts like he has never been outside before...he is all over. Maybe I should have named him Atlas, because he is all over the map. He also has this thing where he fence fights with my neigbors Great Dane, except the Dane isn't fighting. It's just my oversized Dobie roaring and foaming at the mouth. He seems so angry and I don't know why, because I show him nothing but love. I hope to one day be able to take him to the park, taking him to wat outside with me and take him running, but it seems we have some work ahead of us:(