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Hi everyone; new issue.  Molly is smart; cute; loves everyone and all animals......when I walk her she is good as can be UNTIL we head home.  Then she turns into crazy dog, biting my arm; wrapping her leg around my leg.  I've trained dogs before, but I've never encountered this behavior.  She actually gets very snarly and out of control.  I have to wrestle her to the ground and hold her down for a minute until she calms down.  Then take her the rest of the way home.  I'm getting all the usual advice from trainers; but it's the same advice I always gave people.   I've used all the collars; the best one being the gentle walker.  It does work much better, but she still goes into the crazies; has anyone else encountered this?

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Comment by Carol A. Cook on September 5, 2013 at 10:29pm
Almost one year and a half later and my Molly has really come a long way. She's such a sweet girl....still crazy sometimes on a walk, but nothing like when she was younger. I do carry treats now and get her to focus on my 'treat cup' when she starts being crazy....
Comment by Carol A. Cook on May 21, 2012 at 11:11am

Hi Debbie:  Thanks....I do take treats.  She's a smart one.  She knows I have them.  I really do think she has gets so excited at times that she starts jumping and grabbing at my arm.  I've been practicing folding my arms, telling her to sit and just looking at her quietly; (with my parental eyes); and then she quiets down.  She is getting better; it's going to take awhile, I'm sure. 

Comment by Debbie Miller on May 20, 2012 at 1:48am

Maybe on your walk take a few small treats as you walk and get closer to the house have her do things like sit, heal, stay and treat her for those and as you walk more do the small right in front of the house and as you get her in the house praise her on what a good dog she is and treat her then. See if that works. After awhile she will understand that when she gets in the house she gets a treat for doing a good job at taking a walk. I had a poodle who use to do the same thing Molly is doing and thats how i got him over the not wanting to walk the rest of the way home. Good Luck.

Comment by Carol A. Cook on May 17, 2012 at 5:51pm

Hahahaha...I did tell him last night; he's away on business.  I told him he's a bad influence.  LOL....but he's a good sport.  He promised to pay attention to the 'dog rules'.  She really has been calmer since he's away. 

Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on May 16, 2012 at 4:37pm

Good idea on sending Hubby to obedience school with Molly.  He'll learn that he can play crazy with her, but that he can also do the correct "control" stuff.....

Comment by Carol A. Cook on May 16, 2012 at 7:13am

Thank you all.  Yes Marsha, Molly has been spayed; she just turned one on May 15th; and she definitely has 'alpha' issues.  This morning is the first time her snarly behavior didn't get out of control.  She started jumping and I told her to sit; turned her around and then continued walking home.  I find that when I'm alone with her I can keep her calmer and in better control.  My husband, however, is another big puppy who plays crazy with her.  As I'm writing this 'm realizing that he really spoils her to a fault.  (Check out our pictures)...she's his baby and she is definitely his alpha dog.  He has been out of town and she hasn't been as crazy since he is gone.  hmmmmmmm....he knows it, but I think it's time for him to go to obedience school with Molly. 

Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on May 15, 2012 at 2:33pm

hummm....maybe a little Alpha domination issue there, too.  I think you did right by holding her down.  That lets her know you are the alpha of your pack.

By the way...those seemingly stupid comments I made were because when I initially blogged my answer, the computer (a new laptop with windows 7) wouldn't let me add the told me I had to be "approved" before I could post.  So I went to other blogs and they worked fine, so the "here I am" and "stupid computer" comments are a result of that.  Grace, I think, had that problem with another blog a while back. 

Comment by Marsha Cochran on May 15, 2012 at 12:07pm

Agree with Bruce - different routes might help.  Fortunately, I have not experienced this with Hank (now at 80+) and we are just getting ready to start some "off leash" training (Bruce, how long did that take?).  One of our early encouragements was definitely to let Hank know "who was in charge" - e.g., he waits to walk in and out the door behind us.  When we return home, we don't run to his crate to let him out.  We will do some little thing before we turn our attention to him.  He usually, needs to perform a "task" (sit, down, stay) before he gets to so "something he wants to".  How old is Molly?  Is she fixed?

Comment by Blue Sterling on May 15, 2012 at 6:29am
Granted, the snarling and bad behaviour are out of line and have to be dealt with, but could she be trying to communicate to you that she doesn't want her walk to end? I know that when I can only do a short walk and have to turn back, the dogs walk as slowly as possible on the way back, sniffing every thing along the way. I walk them in areas that have loops to avoid the sitution.
Comment by Carol A. Cook on May 14, 2012 at 11:12pm

Thanks Bruce; it's true, she does recognize the road home.   Yesterday, I did turn around and go another way back.  Luckily, we don't have much traffic in the neighborhood either.  I may ask the Vet about her behavior; funny thing, when she was just 8 weeks old, he looked at us and said; "hmmm...this puppy will need to learn who is in charge...if she becomes snarly, hold her head still untill she calms down".  Well, we always did that and it worked; but she was 10 lbs. then.  Now she is 50.....  It's the snarly part...she gets pretty aggressive.....but when she's calm, she's adorable.  I will try taking different routes though and see how that works.  Tonight she knew how upset I was with her; she really hurt my arm; I had to literally hold her down in the road until she calmed down. When we got home, she sat and looked at me with sorrowful eyes.  I sat on the floor and called her over...had her sit and pulled her down holding her.  She tried being snarly again, but I held her tight and pet her until she calmed down.  Crazy doodle.....she's out like a light now. 

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