Just over two months ago I visited two gorgeous Shiba Inus, Shoko and Azuki (http://www.dogidog.co.uk/?p=15394)
Amongst other problems Azuki was very fearful when out on walks – of loud traffic, anything unusual and most particularly of approaching people. He would lunge and bark. His humans were not enjoying walks.
We developed a plan that combined management, training and behaviour work – most particularly with Azuki out on walks, working with him by himself.
Life now is a lot easier. I received this email today: “I actually enjoy walking the dogs now! The baby gate has made a big difference, it’s so much calmer in our house. Energy and excitement levels stay much more steady! Much less jumping up happening too – which is great. Because I’m not concerned about them knocking over my nephew like I was before they can interact a bit more which helps them learn more about kids too”.
NB. The precise protocols to best use for your own dog may be different to the approach I have worked out here. Finding instructions on the internet or TV can do more harm than good sometimes. Every dog is different and every situation is different. If you live in my own area I would be very pleased to help with strategies specific to your own dog (see my Help page)