Has anyone successfully trained a dog not to be aggressive to other dogs whilst out on walks?
Delilah is a complete nightmare on walks. She has only been with me 4 weeks, and she was never walked before, so she is totally unsocialised. When we first had her she was very fearful outside, but she is improving and now she is more confident. I am limited in where I can take her though because she is very aggressive towards strange dogs.
Ideally i want to be able to walk all 3 together, at the moment this is impossible because Delilahs reaction to other dogs gets Harley overexcited (he loves all other dogs, he loves everyone, but when Delilah starts screaming he starts barking) and it really upsets Mouse. She is relaxed and happy until Delilah sees another dog, then she immediately reverts to shy and timid behaviour. Delilah is much worse when Mouse isn't with her, but it isn't fair on Mouse, who walks beautifully when it is just Harley.
Delilah screams and lunges at other dogs. If people get in the way, she will bite them. My main fear is that a dog will turn on her because she has no idea how to behave around other dogs.
She has so many issues that I feel a bit overwhelmed right now. I thought if I can get the walking sorted she will be calmer from the exercise. She seems to be getting worse though, not better.
We have an appointment at the end of the month with a one on one trainer who specialises in Rescue dogs. She will then be able to walk with a well behaved pack of reliable dogs. Unfortunately I don't have any friends locally with reliable dogs to practise on.
Her other issue is barking. She barks all the time, including during the night, seemingly at nothing. I am unsure how to correct the barking at night, as I don't want her to feel she can summon me from my bed with a bark.
I know taking on adult dogs is a challenge, and they will take time, but
I am tearing my hair out ATM!