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Napoleon Syndrome

March 30th, 2010, 06:04 PM
Well, Buster and I are starting to get out more for evening walks now that the weather has improved. Tonight we were doing great when a large dog and his owner came into view. I got Buster to sit as did the other owner. We were good ...... dogs went forward, sniffing, happy looking and then....Buster lunged and barked and barked and barked. I explained he wouldn't hurt anyone and the guy just said....ya, but he has "Napoleon Syndrome"

:( I know...small dog, big attitude ....

I think we need to get back to basic training... :shrug:

March 31st, 2010, 01:17 AM
Yep, back to basics for you :D. Likely he will settle back into the routine soon. Until then when he starts to get like that I would body block him backwards into a sit position and then allow him to visit again if you can find a willing owner/dog.

March 31st, 2010, 08:01 AM
"Napoleon Syndrome"LOL, I haven't heard that expression for awhile. I always think of it as "the best defence is a good offense."

I've read about a couple of techniques you might want to explore. This one is the Two Reward System. It sounds from your post as if it might apply but you give a read and see what you think. This one is the author's website. Leslie McDevitt has written up several "games" as she calls them meant to help dogs with troubles such as yours. And other problems. I bought the book to help me work with my unfocused young Lab and I think it is a miracle. I'm very pleased with his response. See what you think. The reviews from folks who bought the book are impressive.

March 31st, 2010, 12:30 PM
The links Longblades posted are excellent, BusterBoo. Control Unleashed also has a complimentary DVD collection :thumbs up.

If you're ever thinking about classes again, there's an amazing center not too far from you I think...

I wish I lived closer, I'd love to attend those classes.

March 31st, 2010, 03:04 PM
Thanks for the links...I will definitely check them out.

LP....the training centre is a good hour away from me....other side of Ottawa, but looks excellent. I will give them a call and see when the classes are and which ones my little devil should be registered in :)