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Wild barking and jumping during walks

My pup is 10 months old and I've been taking him on daily walks since he was 16 weeks. He gets really excited every time he sees a cyclist or a runner and starts jumping up on me and barking uncontrollably until the other person is out of sight. I thought this behavior might improve over time but it's actually become more extreme, to the point where he starts barking when he even sees another person walking. He's not aggressive; it seems like he just wants to play, however it's becoming really difficult to go on walks. I've been using a Sprenger pinch collar we got in an obedience course, however he doesn't seem to respond to it. Has anyone else seen similar behavior, and if so how did you approach this?

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There is a webinar running tonight that will probably help. https://www.fenzidogsportsacademy.co...study/webinars It is the one presented by Denise Fenzi, on loose leash walking. I know quite a few people who say that the circling technique presented has really helped their reactive dogs, and I know it helps with my GSD's pulling.


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A pinch collar must be kept up high right behind there ears - if you let it get down the neck - by where the neck meets the body - they just don't work .

^ what Rosemary said

To me - your behind the dog , What I mean is you need to be looking ahead for that biker or walker , when they lock on , it can be hard to handle them , (Thinking ahead ) - turn the dog or distract them to get the subject off there mind -

We have one now that we have worked with since he was a pup - Doing about the same as your . When I have him out - I have to be on the ball - to anticipate things .

There are lots of great Dober people on here that will jump in with advise , better than mine - TN comes to mind with his Mocha gal .

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The more he "practices" the behavior, the stronger the behavior gets. It is actually hardwiring it into the network of brain pathways to become a "default" behavior, so the first step in changing the behavior is to prevent it as much as possible. You want to get as much distance as you possibly can from the things that trigger a reaction. It's possible that you are seeing prey drive, or you may be seeing a bit of discomfort/fear/anxiety...it's really hard to say without seeing your dog in person, and dogs can react out of all sorts of reasons.

I would be working on trying to get as far away from the "trigger" as I needed to to prevent my dog from reacting to it while I worked on training a new behavior. Rosemary's suggestion for a Fenzi class is a good one. Especially right now, while people should be "distancing" themselves, is an excellent time to start working on this.
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Recently participated in a class via Fenzi......great programs and worth the money.

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