Can we prevent getting trampled, knocked over, etc forum: The initial request

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May 7, 2010 8:18 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
This is from username Pastime, Diana.
This is Buster Sancho, abandoned on our road last summer. He smelled like motor oil and was probably garage kept. Although his dark eyes and muzzle make him scary looking, especially when he's running at you, he's really a big pussy. He had a great time playing with this praying mantis until the bug eluded him.

He's a one-speed dog, run as fast as I can all the time. He has a bad habit of nearly missing me as he passes. Sometimes I carry a broom with me. Then he stays away. I need to break him of this. We've had a few collisions and it's not fun to get slammed. Elena and Lance, got any tips for me to stop this behavior?


This was my response:
The simple answer, but not so simple solution, is to ensure that he listens to you. This is most readily done with obedience training, as that way he gets the idea that he must do what you tell him to. After he gets the idea that he needs to pay attention and respond to your voice, you can then hopefully get his attention as he comes barreling towards you, and tell him no or similar.
However, once these guys get going, it can be like trying to stop a blind train - they seem to be unable to know what is around them until they run into it. I have seen dogs run into trees, even, yip, and keep on going. I need to watch my own, as the two of them playing together makes for about 140 pounds of momentum at full speed, which can knock down small trees. So in the end, everyone needs to pay attention more. And having a stick or similar to put in between you and super energy when needed won't hurt, either. This is not to scare him, but prevent collisions with you, as a stick can be more readily replaced.
If he is scared of the broom, you might be able to hide it behind your back, and when he gets too close, quickly pull it out. Perhaps after a few times, he will learn to not want to get surprised. Remember, he is trying to include you in his games, and dogs play rough, so you need to be careful with discouraging the action, but not the fun and inclusion.
Let me know how it goes. And feel free to put these types of more involved dog issues on our dog cubit, and leave this part for more fun. It will also allow others to read and comment about various problems and resolutions. We can even copy this post over to there, if you would like to try and get some other answers.

This was a response from username Moonhowl:
Good advice Lance.

Diana, we have a huge Springer Spaniel that used to do the same thing. He listens and responds about 95% of the time, but when he is in play/run mode not so well. I started carrying a squirt gun with me and found that if he does not respond to voice commands to stop, a blast from the squirt gun gets his attention when used with the voice command "NO". Of course, now Chester thinks it is a game, but at least my butt doesn't hit the ground unless I decide to sit....grin

And now, what are your suggestions?
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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May 7, 2010 8:44 AM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
My sister-in-law is a Vet in the Sacramento area and she was skeptical about the squirt gun method...a couple of her clients worked with Cesar Milan to get their incorrigible Labs in check. Lis had the opportunity to work with them a bit, as one of the dogs would go beserk the minute he entered her hospital and it would usually require a couple employees to help contain his exuberence. Long story short, Lis spoke with him about the squirt guns....she said he looked a bit puzzled and she explained the reason and after a moments thought, he laughed and said the whole thing about training is to change the dog's focus from what he wants to what you want...just as he uses a tap of his foot, or a touch of his hand while the dog is on leash, the squirt gun distracts them from their mind set and refocuses their attention to you. Of course, I must make a couple things clear...the squirt gun must have at least a ten to fifteen foot range and shoot a healthy stream of water in order to work, and it can never be used for play. I just see it as a safe effective way to reinforce voice commands...and always remember to give them a little praise when they do indeed listen....grin

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Jun 7, 2010 6:48 AM CST
Name: Carolyn Lamb
Indiana zone 6b
Laugh and the World laughs with you
My littles ones are house dogs and They drive us crazy with insessent barking when someone comes to the door and or when someone is going out the door. I even have one that nips heels as your going out (not coming in as you would think). We have tried everything to put a stop to this and to no avail has any thing worked. I would like to get them some sort of training but we have no one around my area that does this kind of thing. Believe me I have looked into it and can't find a thing. Any advice as what would might? work?
Jun 22, 2010 7:25 AM CST
Name: Diana
Northern Illinois boonies
Waterbird: You may get a better response if you post your question in a new thread. My boy doesn't nip, he's just a running maniac. I hope someone can help you.

Jun 23, 2010 1:34 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Carolyn, I had the same issue with my teacup poodle and my moms Pekinese

With my Sheldon, I had to train him to 'listen' to me first. I did this by withholding my attention when he wasnt listening. He had some big issues with separation anxiety in the beginning. So when he was misbehaving, I would cross my arms over my chest, turn my back to him and say 'ack' (which means NO! in my household) and just ignore him. He would then wimper and lay down. Thats when I had his full attention and could show/tell him the command I wanted him to hear. He was a barker too, but I had to re-train him that its not his job to bark at every noise. I did this the same way, using a loud 'ACK!' when the barking began, and using a clicker and lots of praise once he stopped barking.

My moms Cinnamon would try to attack you as you leave. She'd let anyone come in, but no one was to ever leave the house! Hilarious! I used the same ignoring technique with her. I'd give her my undivided attention when I was visiting, but when I'd go to leave and she'd start her growling/nipping routine I would fold my arms across my chest, turn my back and say "ACK!" I wouldnt leave just stand there and ignore her. She'd finally calm down and then I would pet her and give her attention again, and then leave the house quickly! lol! She finally started to catch on that departures can be another chance to get positive attention and no longer tries to attack me when I leave! LOL
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Jun 23, 2010 6:20 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Ingenious method to remind your little ones to pay attention to you first. Turning your back on a dog is a definite insult to most dogs, and your combination seems to have worked well.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
Dogs; Family Fun Unplugged; Perennials, Annuals, Veggies; Happy Birthday Wishes
Dec 28, 2010 6:31 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
Durn, I may have to try that with Lucas. I swear he is going to make me fall down my front steps. got to do something.
Mar 7, 2011 6:29 PM CST
Name: leaflady
planet earth
Love the sinner, hate the sin
I have taught our dogs "puppy back' since the day we get them. When the Beagle and whoever she is playing with start the roughhousing I just yell 'HEY" loudly and it stops abruptly. My Beagle is stubborn so sometimes I have to threaten or even use the flyswatter.

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