I had to buy fencing to keep charlie off the fence and kept him on a leash lead outside. I could no longer walk Charlie as he addressed at every dog he saw.
When we moved here I kept him on a leash lead or a chain run for the first year as there were alot of strays about.
I finally started letting him off the leash the second year... but then we had a stray that came up to the gate and Charlie took off after it.
I ran after him and found them down the road - the stray (not a stray after all) was cowering in the bushes. Charlie had backed up and was not aggressive at all. I grabbed his collar and took him home.
That is when he had the tear in the corner of his right eye.
I do not know if the other dog was injured. Apparently it was a female and had been allow to run free. After that it was on a lead.
This is Charlie's property and last year if he was aggressive towards a dog, deer or a person walking
he took it out on his BALL. As long as he had it in his mouth it kept him from doing anything aggressive except to run to the fence - bark and shake his head aggressively from side to side.
Only lately have I let him be outside without his ball. Any deer or dogs or people he runs to the fence and shakes his head violently side to side.. but only once did he stand on his back legs and bark.
He is very possessive of his yard. Now that he has the run of it.
The ball apparently allowed him to close his jaws and feel as if he was attacking the critter.
At least that is what I think is happening.
I still raise my voice to call him and sometimes I have to touch him to bring him back to the house. Other times he responds to my HOME command. And goes home.
He was out of control until we moved here and he turn 5.5 and now 6. Plus I was very weak in the park and until after my operation. It took me at least 6 months to get back my strength. And 6 more to regain my confidence and physical strength.
The walking helped both of us. The ball gave him his job. He's a hunting lab and retrieves not ducks but his balls. It was an accident that I discovered that. Luckily I have had enough dogs that I knew pretty quick what was happening.
The vet at the SPCA in Dallas warned me that it would be when he turned six that he would begin to obey.
The first time I met the woman up hill, CHarlie was on his leash and she had a little dog on a leash that was yapping very loudly at us. Old tapes ran in Charlie's head and he literally dragged me from the door across the porch across the driveway and up over the retaining wall.
Now he finally pays no attention to the two little yapping dogs she has. But if she puts them on leashes and walks past our house... Charlie goes nuts. Thank goodness she doesn't walk them often and I try to keep Charlie inside if she does.
Charlie can hear, smell or sense dogs, people, deer outside and he runs to any window and barks like mad. He can start in my bedroom goes to the window over the loveseat - he stands on it - then races to the window in the library that looks out on the road... only 12 feet from the window.
Luckily most of the neighbors who ride bikes, walk, have dogs... have gotten used to him.
Oh he now ignores the two new big dogs behind us
at the new neighbors. He ignores the 2 little uphill dogs also and ignores the dog down hill that I've cared for so often.
But the dog across the street that that neighbor lets run - it comes over and pees along the gate and the fence I share with the uphill neighbor.
I try to scare it off as does my uphill neighbor. It drives her tiny dogs nuts also.
Plus the deer poop and pee outside my gate as well. That drives Charlie nuts too.
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