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Jane Lefler, Animal Behaviorist
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My dog lungs towards passing traffic, he is 17month old male

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My dog lungs towards passing traffic, he is 17month old male labrador.What can i do to help him?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 4 years ago.
Hi JaCustomer,

My name is Jane. I have been working professionally with animals especially dogs in both health and behavioral issues for over 18 years. I have over 14,000 satisfied customers. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

In order to supply you with the best information, I do need to ask for some additional information. Once I receive your answer, it will likely take me about 30-45 minutes to type up your response. I hope you can be patient.

Is he neutered?
Can you describe in detail what you have tried? Cesar has a lot of methods and some of them most other trainers do not recommend.
When you give treats, can you tell me if you are using them to distract him after he has started lunging?
What formal obedience training has he had?
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 4 years ago.
I was hoping to have some responses back before giving you some suggestions to try. It is difficult to give you nw suggestions without knowing what has been tried and how it was instituted.
The first thing I'm going to suggest is having him neutered if he isn't already. This can help cut down on dominance and aggression issues. The next thing I would recommend is obedience training. Group classes are best since it teaches a dog to obey despite distractions such as other people and dogs. Before you can get in classes, the following site is helpful for teaching you how to train your dog. Be sure and click on the link to the page on obedience at the bottom. and links on subsequent pages leading to detailed instructions.

Unfortunately, the site does not allow me to make clickable links, so to view the supporting websites, you will need to copy and paste the link into a new browser window or tab.

Training works best if you train at least 30 minutes a day (two 15 minute sessions). I would start making your dog work via the Nothing in life is free program (NILF). It is outlined below.

If you have him listening well in class, then keeping him moving while working near traffic can help stop the lunging. Corrections are good when working a dog through an issue, but you also need to teach the dog what you do want them to do. So rather than distract the dog using the treats when the dog is already lunging, use them to reward the dog as you are moving past the traffic and he is reacting like you want him to.

If you try offering the treat to stop the behavior after it starts, the dog thinks the treat is because he is displaying that behavior and continues to act that way to get the treat or attention. So timing is everything when it comes to positive reinforcement.

I believe in a short tug on the leash to get a dog's attention and a firm low toned no. In this type of situation, if you can not get him to start ignoring traffic with the use of a treat in your hand to keep his attention on the hand rather than the cars moving past as you walk, then you will need to do something a little different.

I would determine how far away from traffic you must be to have him not react. I would then work with him at that distance first. Have him sit and reward the behavior with the treats. Once he does that consistently, move him forward and repeat the exercise there. If he starts to lunge make the correction. When he finally tires of the lunging and corrections and obeys, reward him then. Continue to work with him there by having him stand walk in a circle and command him to sit again. Repeat until he always ignores the traffic at that distance. Gradually get closer to the traffic working with him at each distance until you are right on the traffic. If you move closer too quickly, he sill have a set back, so move slowly when training closer and closer to traffic. You always want to end on a positive note with him obeying and getting the treat.
I also recommend tasty smelly treats for training like vienna sausage slices or liver slivers. Dog like working for those and tend to ignore normal boring dry treats.

I hope this information is helpful to you and you are satisfied with my response. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have .
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