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Suggestions On Impulse Control During Dog Walks
Hi folks, I'm a proud owner of a 5 month old Red Tri Aussie. His name's Spud.
He's such a wonderful lil' trooper. Playful. Intelligent. Social. Eager to please. Extremely well-behaved. And the cutest little pup ya ever saw (I am, of course, very biased).
My only issue is that, during walks, when he encounters other dogs, he naturally gets tremendously excited and usually begins frantically barking. It's not an aggressive bark. He simply wants to play. Generally speaking, however, he temporarily abandons his impulse control during these transactions, which I view as problematic and in need of remedy.
I've tried, upon seeing another dog and owner trundling toward us during a walk, having Spud sit and wait. If he maintains his composure as the dog walks by, I generally have rewarded him with a tasty treat and excessive praise. I've had mixed results with this tactic.
Does anyone here have any suggestions, aside from the strategy I'm currently using, for improving my pup's outdoor on-leash decorum? I'd greatly appreciate it.
Spud's Proud Pawp