It is not uncommon for dogs to develop fear, anxiety or frustration about other dogs while on leash (or while behind a barrier such as a fence or in a car). The behavior can develop even in the most well socialized dogs. This behavior is very frustrating for dog owners, but the good news is that it can be fixed! I offer Day Training programs for basic obedience as well as many other behaviors, but leash reactivity is one of the most common behaviors I see. Day Training helps to get the dog “over the hump” as I call it, when owners have been having difficulty addressing the behavior. Leash reactivity can range from a low growl or a little barking and some pulling on the leash to a full blown barking, screaming, lunging intense display. Whether the dog is displaying mild or severe leash reactivity, it is possible to create a dog who is well mannered around other dogs.
Pictured is Brenna, a Toy Australian Shepherd who will be finishing up her leash reactivity Day Training Program this week.