Leash Walking with Frenemies

Leash reactivity is a learned behavior.

Dogs that bark and lunge while on a leash are reinforced to do so because the behavior of barking and lunging makes the bad thing (person, other dog ect) go away.


Dogs that bark and lunge while on a leash do so because they learn to be frustrated greeters. The barking and lunging happens when they see the other dog or person and they anticipate the tightening of the leash.

Well, if its a learned behavior to bark and lunge on a leash, your dog can learn to be calm and relaxed in the presence of another dog.

Jack for sure is one example.

Jack was for sure a menace when we first brought him home. Always barking, totally frustrated and had a hard time relaxing in the presence of another dog.

He learned to be more relaxed.

Now he’s teaching other dogs to do the same 🙂

This is another Growl to Grow client. They brought home a new dog and Charlie had some trouble with seeing other dogs, kids whatever.

My clients took to Force Free training right away.

They integrated the desensitization and counterconditioning plan into their routine.

They achieved more calm departures, door greetings and now adding into the mix leash walks.

Charlie is still learning, but the consistency of her pet parents really shows.

They’ve come a long way and they are so proud of all the learning she’s done.

AND I’m proud to say, another powerful breed not needing a choke, prong or shock collar to teach the behaviors you do want!

All that was needed was Charlie’s pet parents being benevolent leaders and established a secure and trusting relationship with her.

Do you want the same?

Find a time that works for you to set up a free Discovery Call with me: https://fourpawsandyoudogtraining.as.me/

Published by houndbiz

Katherine Porter is a force free, reward based dog behavior advisor and consultant serving clients and their companion dogs worldwide. Her calm and gentle approach in coaching clients in effectively communicating what they want to their dog blends her MSW background into her dog training and behavior practice. Katherine was a behavior consultant for Heeling Hounds after graduation. She opened Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC when the military relocated her family to Fort Sill, OK in 2015. During this time, she volunteered with Rainbow Bridge Can Wait where she provided post adoption consultations to new pet parents. She also developed and implemented tailored behavior modification plans for highly reactive dogs residing at the shelter. She also provided educational programs to military children through interactive workshops at the Fort Sill School Age Center. In 2017, Katherine relocated Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC to Germany. She served the Armed Forces communities in Bavaria. She continued coaching and advising her clients in addressing their companion dog’s fearful and reactive behavioral issues. Katherine takes a Do No Harm approach first and foremost in providing behavioral plans. She is committed in serving clients with gentle and modern science approaches in modifying behavioral concerns such as reactivity, aggression, separation anxiety and fear based responses. Katherine is a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is focused on integrating a holistic and modern approach in addressing her client’s pet companion reactive behavior issues.

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