Chasing Bicyces

by Lulu's Mom
(Virginia Beach Virginia USA)

Lulu

Lulu

We got Lulu a year ago. At first she was fine on her walks but suddenly she decided she wants to chase bicycles problem we are on a connector street that a bike club uses. She rears up when she hears them coming or if in backyard barks in a frenzy. She is strong and afraid she will get loose and run them down or pull me down. Also does with single riders.

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Apr 09, 2019
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Chasing Bikes
by: Donna

First, put a head halter on her. Personally, I put a leash on the head halter and one on the collar until my dog will work with me well. Once we have progressed in our training to the point he listens to me well, the head halter will come off. If you don't spot the bike before he does (always try to), slide your hand up the head halter piece and turn him around. Never yank the head halter. This will hurt his neck/spine.

He is reacting to the bike. He doesn't like it. You need to distract him so you need to keep an eye for any bike. Try to see the bike before he reacts, turn him around and keep walking backwards while giving him little treats and praise for ignoring the bike. As the bike goes by and past, turn him back around so he doesn't see it. He'll come to learn that there is no need to react to the bike but this takes time, patience and consistency.

However, first you need to work with your dog so he understands what you want of him. Start in the house. Here is a game to start with. It may not seem to make sense but it's a layer of training so your dog starts listening to you.

Here is a good article for information:

https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2019/01/understanding-your-dogs-triggers/

A great first game to play with your dog:

https://susangarrettdogagility.com/2018/06/why-choice-is-the-critical-key-to-a-great-dog/

Here is Susan Garrett's Free Dog Training Workshop https://www.facebook.com/groups/freedogtrainingworkshop/

Your dog is only as good as the trainer.

Good luck and have fun.

Apr 10, 2019
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guardianship
by: Anonymous

Our Pyr will be 5yrs old in Aug. He feels the same about bicycles and ski-doos and cars turning into the driveway next door. He's behind a fence and his walks are through fields and woods, leashed. We encourage people who walk or bike by, to greet our Pyr by name. It is the only thing that reduces his 'alert' bark into a 'woo-woo, I know you' bark. He seems to really dislike it when people pay no attention to him.
His guardianship can sometimes accelerate and become out of control. He has never had the chance to pursue, and I think he would be satisfied with a meet'n greet but not everyone wants that. Weekdays we can anticipate the comings and goings in our neighborhood and distract him but weekends can be a nightmare.
We hope he will mellow with age. In the meantime we will continue to try and manage his reaction to stimuli. Good luck with Lulu...perhaps timing your walks to when there is less traffic would help. You should use a halti
as was suggested.

Apr 12, 2019
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Lulu's dtory
by: Lulu's Mom

Thank you for all of your suggestions. I agree weekends are the worst she is much better during the week and is more familiar with neighborhood sounds. We adopted Lulu from the VBSPCA last April she was 2. Her first family gave her up because a neighbor complained about get barking. They gave her to a family living on a farm. This family loved Lulu but original family begged for her back. after a time they agreed. Then for reasons unknown the first family gave her to VBSPCA. The second family found out and called the VBSPCA the day after we adopted her. They reached out by sending a letter to the VBSPCA and asked to forward to us. They explained her whole history and even sent us her previous vet info. We now keep in touch. So poor Lulu had been in 4 different environments in her first 2 years so we knew she would take awhile to trust us and settle in. She is great and so loving.

Apr 23, 2019
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empathy & love
by: Anonymous

Your compassion and empathy for Lulu is amazing. I really respect your willingness to help her adjust to life with you while you adjust to life with her.
Its not an easy ride, but worth every moment of her companionship. There is nothing more beautiful than to see a happy Pyr, with that smile from ear to ear. God bless you and best of luck with her.

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