Barking and lunging at bikers and runners

  • Barking and lunging at bikers and runners

     RoninDog updated 2 days, 10 hours ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • Bettina

    June 3, 2021 at 6:00 PM

    Hi there! I have a 4 month old Mal who is super friendly. Her new thing is to bark and lunge at bikers and runners on our walks. It doesn’t seem aggressive and if they stop and say hello to her she is totally fine. I’m assuming this is prey drive but any suggestions on what to do about it?

  • RoninDog

    June 15, 2021 at 9:41 PM

    Disclaimer: my experience is limited to 2 dogs…

    On cars/bikes we conditioned them that when a car approaches we get off the road and onto someone’s lawn. Initially we just wanted the behavior that when a car comes we get off the road. It seems to have had the added benefit of desensitizing them to ATVs, bikes and other vehicles — well it is hard to say for sure since that is only two dogs and it is something we came up on our own.

    For runners and other dogs a trainer told us to do a 180, walk, do another 180, walk again, then another, etc, back and forth a few times, keeping them busy with the job of following us until the prey had passed, then praise. This was 3 years ago, so I do not remember it all, but the basic idea was to make sure the dogs were working (movement work, not standing work) just before and during the distraction. Same idea if there was a distraction that we had to go through.

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