[quote="EsqCaucasians"][quote="Platz"]Stacey - I didn't ask, "about "dealing" with a dog in public" as an open question for discussion. But, your ego once again over rode your reading comprehension.
I asked a very specific question to the OP about her dog:
Now going forward you know for a fact that you can not physically control that male dog when it goes into defence mode. So how are you going to deal with him in public now?[/quote]
Not surprisingly, you try to hi-jack the thread and make it about yourself.
Then conduct private communications privately if they aren't for group discussion. Sorry to steal your thunder, but the needs of the owner outweigh your soapbox chastizing others that they can't handle their dogs/shouldn't own these breeds. Since you are newly self appointed advisor to the LGD breeds, the technique is a good one to keep in mind.[/quote]
All of my CO's weigh more than I do. I am 5 '.. This means that I can not count on being able to control these guys with my bulk or sheer strength. I start out with these guys as puppies and train, work with them on obedience, conformation, tricks, and play for the duration of each of their lives. They are always being trained in some way or form.
I start with a Gentle Leader instead of a choke collar. This way they are use to the GL when they are older and thus do not object to it being on. The GL, is like the halter on a horse, where the head goes so does the body, thus total control! With a GL on, the CO, is not going to do anything you do not let them do, no matter what your size or theirs. I love my GL's that I have for all of my guys!
Now when we go to classes or shows, be it obedience or conformation, I have the choke collars on. as these are controlled conditions and there is total control due to the training that they have received at home on a dailey basis. I can not stress how important it is to get these guys into formal classes and to work with them at home also.
This is my recommendation to anyone with these guys. Kat