Bonnie & Clyde are two rescue pit bull type dogs who recently transferred from the shelter to their foster home. Like most dogs just escaping a shelter environment, the duo lacked doggie manners… big time!

They pulled hard on the leash and were nearly uncontrollable – pulling, lunging, barking, spinning in circles, etc. They were also wild in the house; it was pretty clear they had no idea what appropriate house behavior looks like!

Beltway Dog Training, based in the DC / Arlington area, had the pleasure of accompanying the duo on their “freedom ride” (their ride from shelter to foster home) and working with their new foster family the very day they arrived.

Check out this video to see their near-instant manners… just add dog trainer!

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Bella, a 4-year-old Yorkie, was experiencing several types of aggression including human aggression, dog aggression, and leash aggression!

Bella is sweet as pie with her owner… but only with her owner!

Bella is a member of a multi-dog household, and had started several fights with her fellow housemate, Amber. The fights had escalated to such severity that Amber went to live with another family member until the issues could be sorted out.

Unfortunately, that’s not the end of Bella’s aggression. She is also uncomfortable around strange people, and often lashes out aggressively. She does have a bite history. Bella is also nervous around other dogs, and has instigated many a fight.

Finally, Bella is completely out of control on the leash! She may be tiny, but she was experiencing leash aggression (leash reactivity), leash pulling, and was easily distracted.

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Zena’s leash manners left a lot to be desired… and left two of her elderly owners unable to handle her!

When 15-month-old Zena’s owner moved back in with his elderly parents, he knew there would be an adjustment period, but he didn’t realize just how difficult it would be!

Zena, a German Shepherd, is a strong, energetic dog. She pulled hard on the leash in whichever direction she wanted to go in, and she was very distracted by any and everything in her environment. Her owner was used to managing her behavior, but his elderly parents were not!

After just one dog training lesson with Camelot Dog Training, Zena’s leash behavior was much improved! She was following along politely and was even able to focus on her handler!

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Scout & Spanky were experiencing several behavior problems, including leash pulling and leash reactivity.

It seems that smaller dogs are more likely to get away with leash pulling and leash reactivity. This is probably because the leash pulling is easily managed (usually doesn’t take much to hold a small dog back, right?) and the reactivity (barking, lunging, etc.) doesn’t look quite so threatening coming from a tiny dog!

However, it’s important to remember that little dogs are canines, too, and they experience the same benefits from walking properly as their larger compadres. When leash behavior improves, the quality of life for both dog and owner improves with it!

After working with Heart of Texas Dog Training, Spanky & Scout learn how to politely walk on a leash for each owner in less than 30 minutes. Now that this has been accomplished, their owners are looking forward to taking them on many more walks, in many new places!

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This multi-dog household had three dogs, each with their share of behavior problems. When you put the three together, it was chaos!

Dog aggression, leash reactivity, humping, constant rowdy play, incessant barking, and the list goes on! Multi-dog households can quickly get out of control, especially when you add in individual behavior issues.

Our training approach begins by teaching the owners how to take back control, and teaching the dogs how to be calm. From this foundation of good behavior, we can then branch out to address other behaviors, like leash aggression, constant barking, etc.

Many dog owners are told that they cannot quickly achieve peace in a multi-dog household. This video is here to prove that theory wrong! This video is from Gotham Dog Training‘s very first lesson with these dogs and their owners. Watch how they go from rowdy play and barking, to calm and under control:

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Cooper’s leash reactivity and territorial behavior was fueled by his anxiety…

This of course made it very difficult to walk him, and very risky to have visitors! His family was confused because Cooper was a pretty great dog otherwise. He knew his commands, too, but he didn’t listen when there were distractions around.

Cooper and his owner learned many new skills, like how to heel, which helped overcome his leash reactivity. They also learned the place command and how to use it  to overcome his anxiety in the house.

Our first step was to teach Cooper’s owner how to teach him to relax, and how to focus!

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Roscoe is a 4-month-old Rat Terrier. His owner has limited mobility and was having a hard time controlling him.

After doing puppy training with us, Roscoe’s owner had a much easier time controlling him! He was able to solidify basic puppy tasks like housebreaking and teaching boundaries, and Roscoe also learned basic obedience.

His owner is doing such a great job of following through that Roscoe can now heel like a champ! He can also do a sit/stay, down/stay, and has learned the place command. Check out this short video update including footage of Roscoe heeling down the street:

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To prepare for her therapy dog test, Skye needed to overcome some behavior problems!  Watch this dog training video!

Skye’s owner has PTSD and needed Skye to serve as a therapy dog. The only problem with this plan was that Skye, although lovable, was very skittish! She also pulled hard on the leash and was very distracted in when out and about.

The therapy dog test required Skye to walk at a perfect heel both off and on leash, and remain calm in public, among many other tasks.

Skye has since passed her therapy dog test and is now serving as her owner’s therapy dog! This dog training video shows her progress about halfway through training.

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Zara had absolutely no recall (come command) and couldn’t be trusted in public!

Zara also had a bad habit of charging up to strangers and circling them while barking. This freaked out quite a few people! Her family felt like they had no control over her once she was off the leash.

Our strategy was to teach Zara how to respond reliably inside her home first. We established strong communication skills between dog and owner, and then once both felt comfortable inside, we moved outside! Zara’s next step was to learn how to be reliable in their yard. After just a few dog training lessons, Zara and her owner moved their training sessions to public places!  As you’ll see, her recall is looking good!

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Barney used to have issues with leash aggression….

Barney is a 1-1/2-year-old Yorkie mix who was recently adopted into a new family. The family was so excited to include little Barney in their lives… until they put him on the leash! They were taken aback by his leash aggression and how strong such a little dog could be. He pulled like crazy, was extremely distracted, couldn’t calm down, and worst of all, he would bark and lunge like Cujo anytime a car or dog passed by!

Their dreams of walking with Barney to the school bus stop, taking him to the beach with them this summer, and taking him to family events were dashed… but not for long! Check out this video of Barney’s progress during his second and third training lesssons.

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