Reactive to buses

by Linda
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Mary, my 3 year old Pyrenees, has been lunging and growling at busses and some other vehicles occasionally during our walks. She only started this about 6 months ago. I adopted her from a rescue group at one year old and she grew up on a farm. I knew she would have to get used to the city noises, etc., and she never had a problem before now. I do not recall any vehicles aiming towards us at any time on our walks. There does not seem to be any real reason for this as it appears to be very random. Sometimes she is just fine. Any ideas as to why Mary reacts this way sometimes and not other times? I had her checked by the vet, but she is very health.

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by: Donna

She is a rescue so probably didn't have a lot of socialization as a pup. Her behaviour is now coming out as she matures.

Start to play games like doing hand touches or feed him treats to distract him. He is obviously very bothered by buses sometimes.

You're best to have a positive-reinforcement trainer come into help you work with your dog. That is, distract your dog before the buses show up so you need to watch for them before he red lines it. You might also talk to a vet behaviourist.

There is this free dog training workshop. Susan Garrett's group is a great resource.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/freedogtrainingworkshop/

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