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Mika came first in my pack.
When I adopted Mika, she walked very well on a leash. Always beside me, always in heel.
We could walk past other dogs on the street, she loved saying hello to the people and the dogs, and then we would be on our way.
Then something happened. And I'm still not entirely sure what.
She became very **searching for the right word here** Agitated with the other dogs that would come near her.
I can't for the life of me think how anything might have changed this , but whatever the case, it was not pleasent.
It started out small, little growls and snarls when she would walk past another dog, and then gradually it got to the point where she was getting very hyped up and very snarly and pulling hard on the leash to go towards the dog.
Now, I couldn't say whether or not she would have went at the dogs, had I let her, but needless to say I stopped letting her get close to any dogs....ever...
And then I made the situation worse.
I simply avoided the situation, and/or when we had no choice but to walk near another dog, I did everything all wrong.
I tensed up thinking about what she was going to do, and I tightened the leash.
I later learned that while I probably will never know why Mika began acting that way, I DO know now, that I only made the situation worse by letting my body language be tense and fearful of the situation.
Instead of fixing the situation and trying to understand, I avoided it.
SO I did a ton of research online and started working at this.
I learned that a lot of how she acts on the leash is fed from how I'm acting on the other end of the leash.
So I made myself feel as comfortable as I possibly could.
I also learned what Mikas 'threshold' was and learned not to cross it until she was ready.
How did I do this?
I kept my eyes peeled for other dogs, when I saw one, I let her in sight of the dog but I would turn down a different street before we got to close, all the while keeping my cool and knowing that if I stay calm, she will stay calm.
At first she still got a tad riled up and wanted to run towards where the dog was, but after she realized that we didn't have to walk by the other dog, she started to calm down.
So as time went by, Mika got a lot more relaxed with her threshold.
It was time to bring it a little closer.
So bit by bit, week by week, we were able to make our way a little closer to the dogs walking near us.
Things were going great.
We were walking down by the river one day and ran into an owner and his dog that Mika always used to LOVE saying hi to. So he was casually approaching as he normally once would . . .and I very calmly let him know she has been snarly a bit lately and I would like to let her say hi but I had to warn him at the same time , he said let her come give him a sniff, so knowing he was ok with this, I was calm, she was calm and he was calm, they sniffed each other, and what do you know? Her tail was wagging and she seemed her happy self again.
Today she is much better then she was. We are able to walk by other dogs, she does get exited, but her body language is different and its a happy "hey how u doin" sort of exitment, not a fearful one.
Although if a small dog walks past and starts barking wildly at her , she will bark back!
Couple short things about my Lexi girl.
She is a major puller. I have tried HARD to teach her loose leash walking, and walking in heel as Mika and Koda do, but she won't budge with it.
I even tried changing up the training from what I do with Mika and Koda, but still she doesn't seem to want to heel or at the least , not pull while we are walking.
I have to admit, I am at a big of a loss when it comes to this. Nothing has worked and I'm not sure what the next steps should be : (
The other thing with Lexus is, she loves walking, she gets super happy when we go out. UNTIL I try to take her down the main road.
I don't know why, but she is terrified of the main street. Not the cars going by but the buildings.
I have had her since she was a young pup so I can't see it being anything from her past that may have traumatized her.
She tries to get as far away from the buildings as she possibly can, she would run right out into traffic if she could , just to get away from the buildings!
I simply do not know how to help her with this!
I have tried bringing treats with me and praising her and everything else when we go that way, but she won't even accept the treats.
I have stopped taking her that way on our walks because I don't want to put her through whatever it is that scares her.
But I don't want to just keep avoiding these situations.
If anybody has any suggestions on this, I am more then willing to listen.
I want to thank the hosts for putting on this wonderful hop, and giving us a chance to share our reactive/fearful dogs.
It is a very important topic. And I think this side of our fur babies is just as important as the loving cuddly side of them. We are not perfect pet parents, nobody is. And here, we come together to share our stories.
Thanks for reading.
♥Husky hugz frum our pack♥