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?
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