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I have a 18 month old female half-English mastiff quarter king course domestic and quarters Roman shepherd that I've had since she was 3 days old I don't really know what to do to train her she's very vocal and gets excited when you see some of the dogs and start to act aggressive towards them what do I do


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Put the dog in a "sit and stay" position. Be persistent and patient. Give the dog a high value treat when she obeys.


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Start at a distance, get her to focus on you, she needs to get where she is ignoring them, sit command and whatever works with her, either treat,toy,or noise to get her sttention on you,dont praise until she is toatally fixed on you.
You need plenty of patience, your the leader she will pick up on your confidence, keep taking her, repeat the training over wnd over, eventually youll get her where she ignores them.


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I would recommend against using obedience to try and mask behaviours. Buy a 3.25mm prong collar, correct her for displaying aggressive or reactive behaviour. Use a 6ft leash give her the freedom to make choices and let her learn there will be consequences for her behaviour both good and bad. After a correction reward her when she responds with the correct behaviour and body language. It's important to teach the dog how to live in our (the human world) they must learn what is right and wrong. When using corrective devices I suggest learning from a successful and experienced balanced trainer. Check out the complete offleash obedience and reactivity courses offered by Shield K9.


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I used to teach a sit/stay initially with reactive dogs. I no longer do that. It's important to me that I give my dogs a choice so they can learn to make better choices and I add in something like a sit/down/move behind cue much later. Punishment (using that term rather loosely) takes choice away and prevents an action but it doesn't change the feeling that caused the dog to react in the first place. I believe that for effective behavior change the emotion that caused the reaction needs to be addressed and changed rather than suppressed. I'm going to share two graphics that illustrate what's worked extremely well for me, as a starting point, with very reactive animals. They're taken from this page https://www.facebook.com/abcdogsinhome which has quite a bit of good information.

Reactivity choice in position.jpg