One not-so-good example: he's barking and lunging at other dogs. He wants to play, but is getting frustrated because I won't let him go to the dogs right away.
I don't let him visit the other dogs for a number of reasons:
- When he's with his for-good person, he can't visit every dog he sees.
- Not every dog wants a huge cow-like dog in his face.
- He can't visit another dog if he's going to pull me to get there.
That's enough reasons, right?
It's very difficult for me to find a training class during the day. I teach classes every night, but can't take him because I'm working – I've got to work with my clients.
Thankfully, one of my dog-training friends (who is an excellent trainer to boot) offers daytime classes and offered us a spot in her beginner level course on Fridays. So starting tomorrow, Talos is enrolled in remedial good manners classes!
I think it will take several sessions for us to get this behavior under control. But at least we're starting early. If you notice a behavior you'd rather not see in your dog, don't wait to see if it will get better! Talk to a qualified positive reinforcement trainer and enroll in a class or get some in-home training.
Behaviors don't get better with time. In fact, they normally get worse. So do yourself (and your dog) a favor and nip it in the bud before the problem grows into something unmanageable.