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OMG what a morning!

I've posted on here before about the problems I have with Cassie ( ie goes psycho when she sees another dog). Had a behaviourist etc.

So this morning I meet a trainer who specialises in rescue dogs and their baggage. She's pretty strict and I came away feeling more positive and she lends me a Gencon lead/collar

So, off we trot to the vets in the new device. Cassie sees another dog over the road, starts all the usual, I'm strict, make her sit etc.

Then she shakes straight out of the collar/lead thingy, darts over the road, straight in front of a car... me shouting behind her... car does emergency brake, and she attacks dog on other side of the road ( or at least I assume she went for it rather than the other way round). Runs back into the road again before I finally get hold of her.

I apologised to everyone a thousand time, but of course i'm still getting all the dirty looks etc.

Why is it one step forwards and 14 back?

Sorry to rant, but I'm really at the end of my tether and I know some of you guys with problem doggies will understand!

Rach
 

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Oh no Rach!!!! That is awful, you must have been so worried! I am so happy the car could stop in time and there wasn't an even worse post for us to read today :(

I have a suggestion about the Gencon - and all similar systems (Canny, Halti, Gentle Leader etc) - always keep a regular collar and lead on the dog as well. I use a 2m lead, connected to the dog's regular flat collar, and then I clip the lead around my waist, so that I ALWAYS have a secondary tether between me & the dog. With a Canny Collar, I use a double-ended lead, clip one end to the Canny and one end to the flat collar - so that if something gives, you have a backup.

The Gencon is a fantastic lead, so I hope you are able to feel confident to use it again - I am using one at the moment trying to train my foster boy to walk to heel - he is a massive Golden Retriever so he'd tear my arms out of their sockets on a regular lead, but he is manageable on a Gencon.

Please don't give up hope, I really hope that with continued work you are able to get some progress on this

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Thanks Ness. I've just got out her harness which I had stopped using, and I think I will do exactly as you suggested and attach her long lead around my waist ( and it'll have to be a very long lead!)

I feel so angry with her, but then I look at those big brown eyes and think it could have been worse! I just have to hope that with another 6 months work with the right people that we might not have this problem every time we see another dog.
 

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So sorry to hear what happened. I agree with Ness, get an extra lead and attach it to her ordinary collar. I know you feel this is a setback and you are probably pretty shaken, but it was one of those things and the headcollars really do work.

Owning a dog that has snapped 7 or 8 collars and various leads and can remove a halti in 10 secs, I do know how scary it can be when they are suddenly loose.
 

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Hi.
I use a Gencon for both my girls and they are brilliant leads.
The first one my trainer gave me had a clip on the end (rather than a standard loop to hold). You can either clip it onto a metal loop a little lower down the lead to give you a standard loop to hold or you can clip it onto the metal loop of the dogs collar, so even if you dogs comes out of the lead around its head you are still attached to the dog by the collar.
That probably doesn't make a lot of sense but it I am sure if you looked up the Gencon website it would explain it much better.
Don't give up on it, this has been the only lead that has helped me get my two walking well on the lead.
Good luck,
Carolyn, Daisy & Katie x
 

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Simlar thing happened to me my lab kept running off to hunt to the point where she vanished once for 3 hours after that I could not stand the worry so went and got help from dog trainer really nice policeman not harsh methods nice possive rewards. So anyway went to see him gave me some guidance and I felt much more possitive, took her to the field were I followed on his instructions had her on line all went well till she saw a swallow!!!!!! started to chase it dragged me over I let go off line and she ran out of the field straight over the road!, she then looked at me by this time I was screaming stay !!wait !! but to no avail and she ran back over the road to me how she was not hit I dont know.
You end up with your heart in your mouth dont you!! but yes how can you be cross with big brown eyes!
 

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OMG Rach 8O 8O 8O 8O

So wish i had some wonderful advice as i said last week am gobsmacked that she is like this ..................wish i could help :( :( :(
 

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Oh no Rach....little monkey.....I know what its like one step forward and 3 steps back, keep on in there it will be worth it in the end.

Why dont you have a chat with that guy, Neil, who I told you about, he is really good, not saying yours isnt but he may have some more ideas for you.

Sorry I havent got back to you yet for our meet up, it has been so busy here with the kennels and school holidays. I will pm you for a meet next week as not got so much on in my few hours off!!

Trace x
 

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Well I've finally given into giving her a humungous cuddle after being distinctly off with her all afternoon! She knows she's in my bad books.

Marie... not much you can say! Today even took me by surprise, and really left me feeling shocked.

Tracy... Thanks, I really think the more dogs she can meet the better. She was good ish in Battle woods earlier on today. I'll talk to you about Neil when I see you.

The cat keeps looking at me all smuggly as if to say " see, told you to get another cat!"
 

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Oh no, how scary for you.

I can totally sympathise with you. I have Sophie who is fear aggressie and reacts in a similar way.

Not sure if you have been seeing a behaviourist with Cassie but if not I would maybe recommend it. Ours has worked wonders and has not only helped with Sophie but also with my own reactions ( I am far too protective!)

Hope you are all ok tonight.
 
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