|Barked: Mon May 13, '13 2:14pm PST |
|Keep in mind that not all dogs handle dog parks very well, and not all dogs like all other dogs. In fact, think of it like this: You don't like every single person you meet, and you don't have to, right? Same goes for dogs, and while tolerance is often non-negotiable, many dogs simply do better with dogs they're familiar with.
In what situations is your dog showing aggression with other dogs and what are the aggressive signs he displays? You say teenagers, which makes me assume that these are playful, rambunctious dogs that like to get all in your face and jump all over your dogs, in which case, this is often considered RUDE behavior and deserves a good correction from an adult dog that knows better. I could, however, be wrong, but that's what I gathered from your post so far.
Also, how old is your second dog that you adopted more recently and what breed is she? These answers can help in determining the best way to help you get back on track and to help motivate her as well. Have you tried an Easy Walk harness or another similar no-pull harness to help you in teaching her not to pull? Or have you tried a sudden change in direction when she begins to forge ahead of you? These can often help, and changing paces and directions can also help to make it more fun for the dog too because it's not a boring, ordinary walk - they have to think and use their mind!
We all get frustrated at some point with our dogs. We all have those days, or even weeks where we lose motivation to work on the behavior that we don't like, or on training. Many of us lose inspiration at some point. You are not alone!
I find watching fun training videos often helps to inspire me - seeing other people finding ways to make it FUN for both them and the dog! Doing things that you already enjoy with the dogs can help you get back on track with feeling less frustrated with them too. If you need to step away and take a breather and a break, do so! I find if I get really frustrated, taking my mind off of it by going and doing something else, or giving myself a break by putting the dogs away for a bit can really help.
Right now, I'm pregnant, and I have MAJOR ups and downs on my motivation with training and my energy levels to keep up with the dogs. If I lack energy to walk them, I play with them or do a small training exercise. A game of fetch can leave me sitting, relaxing, while my Border Collie/Lab mix, Ria gets worn out, or a fun training game can entertain my Beagle, Charlie, while I get to relax. And when I DO have the energy, getting inspired by other trainers videos of fun training sessions REALLY helps to get me in the mood to work with the pups again.
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