When were first moved into our neighborhood, I tested out several walking routes until I found one that had the fewest loose dogs. Unfortunately, one part of that route had a blind curve. Sometimes cars would turn the corner quickly, frightening me. And this made me involuntarily yank on my dogs' leashes.
I didn't realize it at the time, but this action caused Lupe to start lunging at moving cars. Then Lupe eventually taught it Matt-Matt.
I decided to start walking the dogs separately. Matt-Matt got over his car hatred quickly (since he stopped taking cues from Lupe).
I decided to try jolly talking Lupe to help her feel better about cars. First, I looked for her "tell" and determined that she would flick her ear right before lunging at cars. So I started jolly talking her right after the ear flick but before lunging and barking. She eventually got better.
Although Lupe's problem wasn't very severe, I probably could have used some methods that would have been a bit less stressful. Additionally, for dogs who are much worse that Lupe, simply jolly talking isn't the answer.
More to come on car chasing.
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