• Michael D’Abruzzo

    October 26, 2010 at 12:52 am

    It looks like you are on the right track with everything you are doing! Good job!

    Seems as if he is a little too concerned about the dogs in his environment. The fact that there isn’t much tail wagging seems to reflect that he doesn’t have a strong desire to engage with them, but he is concerned, ,and hesitant to put himself in a vulnerable position (let his guard down).

    If you keep up with the pack structure exercises – you should be communicating to him that you want the position to lead him in those situations. Really the next step would be to start executing an obedience plan that will help to guide him into a better behavior in those situations. From there we can then start a desensitizing or counter conditioning plan.

    How is he with a formal “heel”? I would start with working on all phase 1 exercises. Especially the “climb” and the “heel” will be important in the early phases. Have him master these in a low to no distraction environment. Wouldn’t try it around the other dogs yet.

    Here is the phase 1 heel (you will need to ultimately reach at least a phase 2 “heel”:

    keep in touch!