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for canine dog language: I loved this book - that helped me a lot as a first time dog owner...

https://www.amazon.com/Canine-Body-L.../dp/1929242352

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Thanks so much! I think I will read into it. Im very interested in learning and understanding dog's body language.

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I found our all reactivity training sheets. One is very basic, but the other ones are plans for reactive dogs/made for me and Lilly....

Please take a look if interested
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Wow! Thank you so much for this. I will take a look at it and start working on this with Leo

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I think some dogs are just more prone to reactivity when they're born. My puppy seemed pretty anxious when I first got him, but he warmed up after a few weeks so I figured it was a fear period (his breeder also mentioned they go through a fear period at 8 weeks). His confidence actually seemed to improve from 3-7 months, but then seemingly out of nowhere it went downhill again and some mild reactivity and fear began at 8 months while he was in group obedience classes. His breeder has a fantastic reputation, he is from a GCH x CH breeding, was socialized quite a bit as a puppy, but he still ended up with some mild reactivity. I guess it just happens even when you seem to do everything "right." I'm sure environmental factors contributed, but we can't wrap our dogs in bubble wrap, so I try to remember not to dwell on what I might have done wrong. My previous golden before this one had more of a confident and "bullet proof" temperament and nothing seemed to bother him so I had no idea how to handle this. But I learned as much as I could about dog body language so I can recognize when he is feeling uncomfortable. Here is what I learned: For confidence issues, it is best to work with a trainer so that his focus is on YOU instead of other dogs, sounds, smells, etc in the environment. As long as his focus is on you, he spends less time worrying about other things around him. Working on obedience and giving him a lot of structure and leadership will take a lot of the anxiety off of him. Greetings with other dogs need to be controlled - don't let random dogs run up to him or make him feel cornered.

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Hello Everyone!

Thank you all for your replies! So I have been working on this constantly with Leo and I know it is too early to tell or think it is fixed but I am noticing improvement! I have recently been taking treats with me on our walks and he is not growling or barking at dogs or people from far away. If I see that he is looking or fixated on another person or dog from far away I just call his name and tell him its okay to relax and usually he just keeps walking and I treat him. If we are at home and he barks at someone walking by I usually do the same thing and he will immediately stop. I am excited to see more progress and now I want to work on the fact that if someone walks past us he just cant resist going up for pets and of course who wouldnt pet such a handsome pup! Any tips? (I have also scheduled a trainer to consult us later in the month)

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Nice - awesome - that sounds great!!!

As of your other question - I found an old sheet we had been working on back then - well to be honest, not 100% successful. Not easy also - since you need a helper, but can be fun - a good reason to invite your best friends :-)

See below.

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