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I have a 30 month staffy. He displayed DA at an early age

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by Swiper, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. Swiper

    Swiper Little Dog

    I have a 30 month staffy. He displayed DA at an early age and with all the misdirection and confusion on the internet I did not socialize him much at all because I live in Burnaby and they have some mild bsl I heard. But after reading more and not being able to take him with us I did start walking him outside this summer rather than playing tug, flirtpole, springpole, zoomies in the yard. He is not as reactive as he was a year ago and is doing pretty good.

    Does anyone have some suggestions about how to introduce him to another dog to hopefully ease him into being around other dogs without being a dork?
  2. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    So he's DA and you want him to be able to be around other dogs?
  3. Swiper

    Swiper Little Dog

    He displayed DA behaviour. I want him to be around other dogs and and not be a dork while on a leash, yes.
  4. dogeatdog

    dogeatdog Good Dog

    We have started to introduce our DA dog after three years of no dog interaction (apart from Poppy the griffon) to Pip my sisters dog in the hope that they might get along. He did great we just walked them single file kept them moving and they both relaxed after about half an hour. As far as I know he is less DA with females and we have waited till she was big enough and spayed. We had planned on keeping this up till we can go for a leisurely walk together without him acting like a dork at all.
    Should probably add we did not let them get any closer than a butt sniff.
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 28, 2014
  5. Swiper

    Swiper Little Dog

    Ty dogeatdog,

    It is nice to know that things worked out for you and are hopefully getting better and more manageable.
    What I am scared of most at this moment are people at a leash on area that do not have their dog on a leash. I need to know that I can control him to run and heel with me, or at least pick him up and not have him all squirmy like a bat out of hell.

    I am trying to find some local BD owners here in my city that group together and know and understand the tendencies of the bulldog breed. This way the other side will not take the aggression as personal. And they will know how to control their dog as well. I hope to find a savvy BD owner with a passive female so my dog can have a positive outcome rather than an experience with another dog challenging or threatening him.

  6. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Sounds like what you're looking for is to desensitize/reactivity train your dog? Try using the search bar with "reactivity" or "desensitize" and you'll find tons of threads with tips.
  7. Swiper

    Swiper Little Dog

    Thank you!!
  8. APBT Courage at its Best

    APBT Courage at its Best Little Dog Premium Member

    You might also want to research "break sticks" , "breaking sticks", "parting sticks", etc and familiarize your self with them should you feel the need to own one even if it is for the other dog.
  9. Tiffseagles

    Tiffseagles GRCH Dog Premium Member

    Do you have the book called "Controlled Unleashed"? There's a great game in there called "Look at That" (LAT).

    If you dont have the book, here's a link:
    Akin Family Dog Training Affiliations
  10. Swiper

    Swiper Little Dog

    Hello, thanks for that link. Swiper has been clicker trained a bit so I am up for trying this out.

    I have several breaksticks. One tied to my primary leash as well.
    Hope ill never need one.
  11. Tiffseagles

    Tiffseagles GRCH Dog Premium Member

    OK, good luck. My GSD used to be very reactive and I tried all of the"normal" stuff... finally I realized I had to do what works for my dog. He's great now :)

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