How Do I Train My Dog to Ignore Other Dogs?

When dogs see each other, most times they are going to react. At times they may even run away from where you are and head towards the new dog. Such acts can lead to various occurrences. Your dog might just be lucky to run into a friendly neighborhood dog.

On the other hand, the scene might turn violent if at all the new dog or your dog feels some sort of threat from the new dog. As much as your dog might crave for dog company from time to time.

Letting him interact with other dogs might cause more harm beyond your expectation.

Therefore when walking along footpaths or the neighborhood, the best option could be having your dog ignore other dogs. Getting your dog to ignore other dogs, however, is not a simple task.

You are going to require some effort together with all the patience you can use. If you have been wondering on how to train your dog to ignore other dogs. Here is a training guide that can apply in your case.

Training equipment

First, you require some training equipment. A leash and treats are among the topmost equipment you require for the training purpose. Then we have patience, of course, patience is not equipment, However, for dog training, you are going to require your patience more than ever before.

Also, there is time. Of course, again time is not equipment. You should always be ready to spend lots of time in the training process.

If you start training your dog then you realize your dog is a not a fast learner, what then do you do? Do you quit along the way or wait.

Of course, you would wait and give your dog sometimes. Unless you want to return home often from a walk with a dog who has injuries. Waiting pays. From here, you are now ready to commence the training.

Seek your dog’s attention

The train should begin at home not on the road in the presence of other dogs. A few weeks to the training, always call your dog by his name. If he takes time to respond, keep on until he is aware you are calling him.

The intention is to get your dog to look at you whenever you call him. If he does so, rewards him. The intent here is to ensure he will look at you once you are out of the home for a walk. If your dog does not respond when you call him while at home.

The situation might be worse once you step out of the home. Once you are sure your dog is responsive to your calls. You can now go out for a walk with him.

Keeping different distance from new dogs tactic

Once you step out with your dog, keep a distance from any new dog around. Keep walking until your dog notices the new dog. Once he looks towards the direction of the new dog, call his name. If your dog looks at you then take out a treat and give him.

He will slowly begin to associate his responsiveness with treats, therefore, responding faster. Repeat the same tactic but now with a closer distance. Pass your dog near the new dogs, once he recognizes the new dogs and reacts. Call his name, a response equals a treat.

Therefore if he looks at you give him a treat, if he doesn’t, gather all the patience you have and repeat. Note, do not give him a treat if he does not respond when you call. Do a few rounds at intervals around the new dogs. Keep going until you can pass the dogs without your dog drifting away.

Stay calm during walks

Dogs interpret different scenarios in various ways. For example when you are taking a walk and you are very calm. Your dog might interpret the situation like you are not out for too much play hence he will also stay calm.

Therefore even if he sees other dogs and gets the urge to break free from the leash, he might choose to ignore them and keep walking.

Don’t pull hard your dog’s leash when he pulls

Despite your calm mood, your dog might still find the urge to go meet the other dogs. If he pulls the leash to break free, don’t pull back hard. The situation might end up in a tug of war whereby you and your dog are pulling against the leash.

Try to distract him by showing him some treats, if he settles and calms down then give him the treat. If he doesn’t respond to the treats distraction, give the leash a sharp tug. Make the tug short and ensure you call his name as you make the short sharp tag. If he is responsive, reward your dog.

Ask for your friends’ help

If your friends have dogs, instead of going by the roadside to train using stranger dogs. Ask your friends to come over with their dogs. Have your dog on a leash and find a place to stand. Here you have to be in character.

You might feel more like you are in a drama activity. If possible find a space large enough like a playground for such an exercise. As you stand with your dog, let your friends pass in front of you and your dog with theirs.

If your dog attempts to break free. Give a command. Here you can use words like NO or STOP. If your dog stops and looks at you, give him a treat for good behavior. If he doesn’t respond to your command, don’t give him a treat.

Encourage your friends to be patient with you. They might have to pass by a few more times until your dog can ignore the presence of the dogs. With time you will get to realize the time and patience get to pay off.

Also, always remember how long you take to train first depends on your dog, then secondly your commitment. You can do push through.

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