Have you ever had to live or work with someone you didn't like? Think of the things that made the process a bit more bearable for you (time apart, everyone in their own space, less stress in general, focusing on other things, etc..)
Those same things might also help pets who have to live together.
From a reader: I really enjoy your posts and videos. I have been working on loose leash walking with my Jack Russell Terrier (terrier and highly distractible!) for a long time. We have had minimal success. I notice in your videos that your Puddin is engaged with you while you are walking. My Penny very rarely looks at me when we walk. When she starts pulling, I stop and don’t move again until she comes back to me, sits next to me and looks at me. I reward her and try walking a few more steps. I can get about 2-3 steps before the cycle starts again. We have been doing this for months and have not progressed beyond 2-3 steps.
Do you have any tips I can use to get her to engage with me and try to make the walks a little longer without the big pull? We are walking on the sidewalk in front of my house and have only gotten about two houses away.
Thanks so much for your compliment. And good job on trying to take things slow. See my responses below.
< My Penny very rarely looks at me when we walk> Understandable. The outdoors can be highly distracting. Especially for such a high energy breed. The more we can break down the behaviors we want, the greater chance we have for success. So I would start working on "attention" indoors. The slowly increase distractions. My own dog had trouble going from the yard to the sidewalk. So I had to find something more interesting than the yard but less interesting than the sidewalk. We found it in an empty parking lot (our long line video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uR4KX_An5jk) If that doesn't work, then stay inside and increase distractions while inside. i.e. having someone toss a toy while you walk indoors Or ask your dog to walk past a plate of food while you are indoors (only if your dog can do it - don't set her up for failure or frustration)
Then once you have attention, start rewarding your dog for walking next to you indoors with no equipment, then with equipment, then outdoors in a boring area. See above about the parking lot. It's what helped my dog, but your dog might need something else.
More details here: http://www.stubbypuddin.com/2014/07/loose-leash-walking-summary.html
One of my dogs used to sneeze whenever we’d walk out of the house to go
for a walk. I thought that since he was so predictable, capturing and
rewarding the sneeze would be simple. After about 10 trials, I noticed a
positive CER* whenever I closed the door.
Life among humans can sometimes be stressful for our canines. Especially for those dogs who might have missed early socialization or have other issues.
Of course the best thing to help these dogs is to get them feeling safe and use counter conditioning and desensitization to help them feel better about the things that bother them. Some people believe there are products can help calm dogs just a bit. One of those such products is "Dog Appeasing Pheromone" or DAP.
Sometimes dogs who are shy can be afraid of men. A reason is not always known. Maybe it's because men tend to be bigger and have deeper voices. Might be because the dogs can smell the testosterone
I suspect that for many rescue dogs, it might just be neophobia (fear of new things). A lot rescuers and fosterers are women. And some of these dogs probably didn't meet a lot of men during their crucial socialization period.
Regardless of the reason, pet guardians need to figure out a way to help the dog feel better about members of the household.