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One thing that worked really well for Peaches is that once she’s outside and goes potty, we throw a little potty party. Basically, we get very excited and praise her highly. In fact,a way to get her outside was to start very excitedly asking “Peachy potty?”. She still sometimes goes in the house overnight, but I don’t ever have a problem when we’re up and about.
Frozen baby food is also a great way to occupy a dog. I used to hold it for Peaches, but she’s started holding it on her own. Since it is frozen it takes forever to get through. I also let her sprint outside or in the house. We do a solid amount of play time, but if I can’t play because I’m working or something- a bully or baby food or some other treat works well. Peaches lost interest in the peanut butter kong thing, but it works very well for some dogs and she loved it in the shelter.
Sorry. We are still working on this with Peaches, but she’s getting better after taking training classes/workshops in Leash Walking.
Can you afford private training? If so, that would probably be the ticket.July 18, 2012 at 12:17 am in reply to: Realizing i need to resocializing my 5year old apbt… #18021
I would suggest some training classes. Peaches was highly dog-reactive when we first got her. Though she’s not entirely comfortable with other dogs yet, she is doing much better. She went from being the most reactive dog in the clas (i.e., the loudest) to one of the quietest. The class we did was called Grumpy Growlers, but there might be something similar. There are also Shy Dog classes in some places. I’d call your local humane society or favorite training place to get advice.