My two Aussie dogs can’t walk together without barking and lunging. These Australian Shepherd girls are almost 9 years old and early on we invested in some major training and desensitizing which improved a lot of their issues.
However, they still can't manage a walk together that is without some issue. One is the protector and will bark (to alert) and the other is fearful, will lunge and then sometimes gets rolling with barking as well. While some walks they start out managing well; no pulling and keeping up with my fast pace...all it takes is a small dog, with tags jingling, that alert both of them and POOF...they jerk on the leash and lose their cool!
I usually stop and get them on a SIT, tell them to LEAVE IT and wait...and wait...and wait. The fearful one MUST watch whatever is exciting her, and while she won't bark or lunge when told to SIT...she HAS to watch. I've tried blocking her view, but she pops her head around my legs and I never succeed distracting her. She calms down as long as the other dog/bike/skateboarder is moving away. The protector just can't stop barking...even if the dog/bike/skateboarder goes a block down the road...she keeps at it!
A brief 10 minute walk can easily go into 30 minutes+ pending who we greet in the neighborhood. I get stressed by the unknown…and yet I know each walk is a training session! My biggest concern is that they are both about 65# and I’m getting older and want to insure everyone’s safety by having them better controlled on these walks. Any tips on lessons I can work on during these challenging walks?
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