Taking your dog for a walk can be a relaxing way to get a little exercise and take in the beauty of nature. Unfortunately, this peaceful walk can turn dangerous if you have a dog with leash aggression. It is a natural instinct for dogs to want to investigate each other, but this is impossible when being pulled on by a leash. The result of this frustration can be barking, growling and lungeing at the other dog. A dog might also exhibit this reaction because of fear caused by under-socialisation.
Stay vigilant. Keep your eye on any other dogs that might enter your path. Move away from the other dog if you sense there might be a problem.
Place a gentle leader on your dog. This leash differs from a choke chain or pinch collar because it does not cause any pain to the dog to correct his unwanted behaviour. The leader will also make it less difficult to control your dog during the walk so you can pull it away quickly if a problem does arise.
Feed your dog after you go out for a walk. Take a bag of treats with you, and reward good behaviour when your dog does not leap or bark at another dog. Your hungry dog will be much more receptive to accepting commands if it knows there is a treat to be had.
Give your dog time off the leash if it is friendly toward other dogs when not restrained. This will help eliminate any aggression that might have built up.
Walk away if the dog begins to bark and jump at another dog. Return to your previous direction once the dog calms down.
Things you need
- Gentle leader
- Dog treats