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Hi there. I've looked through the other forum posts but I can't find anything that quite covers the problem I'm having.

I have a 14 month old Golden Retriever (Male) called Dexter. He's an absolute angel inside the house, very obedient - nothing to complain about. Previously (up until 4 months ago) I never had any problems with him when out walking, however now he goes absolutely crazy when he sees another dog.

He was well socialised as puppy and for the most part seemed quite disinterested in other dogs but now if he spots a dog he starts lunging, barking, whining, the works. He barely listens to commands when he sees another dog.

I've tried harnesses, treats, making him sit and stay, walking away and I'm at my wits end. I've been consistent with him as well, as I'm the only person who walks him. But this only happens when he is outside. If the dog is inside the house with him, he's very disinterested again. Same with his commands, he's incredibly eager to please when indoors but loses his mind when outside.

Can anyone give me any advice? Anything would be appreciated, because I want him to be in the company of other dogs but when he behaves like that other dogs and dog owners don't want to know!

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Hello!

It sounds like he is over excited, and/or easily excited. I feel the pain, as I have one too!

I call my dog "reactive" because to me he overreacts to the simplest stimuli.

Here are some threads I found doing a simple search for "reactive" on the forum. If you read through them, you might be able to find some tips and techniques to help your situation.

This is my thread: http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com...219922-vent-denied-reactive-dog-training.html

http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com...123348-walking-leash-reactive-dog-winter.html

http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com...ing-success-working-reactive-fearful-dog.html

http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/golden-retriever-training/81786-reactive-certain-dogs.html

This book was highly recommended to me: http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com...ontrol-unleashed-what-does-reactive-mean.html

http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/other-pets/147402-reactive-dog.html
 

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I too had a Golden like that back in the 90's. She was an absolute love to her family but behaved the same way and this was while I was also walking our other Golden. Then one day a loose dog approached and I thought she'd loose her mind. That dog got a little too close and she put him in his place for coming near her owner. It happened a few times with loose dogs and there was blood shed. It's just something I thought you should hear.....just maybe your dog is protecting you or so he thinks. Be careful.
 

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If you have access to a certified canine behaviorist who uses positive reinforcement, that would be a good place to start. A behaviorist can help you determine if you dog is 'over the top' excited (and maybe frustrated that he can't go meet the dog), or if in fact his reaction is fear based and put a training plan in place to help him over come his difficulties.
The is a book called: Feisty Fido by Patricia McConnell that provides a basic outline on how to work with, manage and train your dog, but it makes good sense to have a professional on board as well.
Understand that dogs can go through a 'fear period' between the age of 8 - 14 months, if he has had an unpleasant 'run in' with another dog during that time, it could put him on the defensive - causing him to bark and lunge to create or maintain space. If you are dealing with 'over excitement' (lack of self control) teaching skills like, watch (to look at you on cue) stay, go to a mat, leave it, and settle, can help him to learn 'self control'.
 
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