Monday, May 22, 2017

Socializing Leash Reactive Dogs

Do you have a dog that on leash islunging, pulling toward, or barking at other dogs or people? If so, you know how stressful and embarrassing it can be for you! You may be offered “advice” from well-meaning individuials (who are not dog professionals) that tell you just to get your dog out more and socialize him her - only to discover that this seems to make the matter worse.

Do not "socialize" your fearful, leash reactive dog, aggressive dog in social settings. A simple rule - if you cannot control the social environment around your dog so that your dog remains under threshold aka not stressed, then leave him home.

Dogs don't need to be socialized in stressful settings. If you choose to take your anxious/nervous/leash reactive/aggressive dog somewhere, then you MUST devote yourself to keeping your dog safe from intrusive interactions and work on counter conditioning and desensitization - keep your distance, keep your dog safe, make it a training moment and redirect your dog with food, a toy, reassurance and instructions. Keep your dog SAFE.

If you need help, call me. I have a lot of experience in working with leash reactive dogs.

Here is a great video from Urban Dawgs - Positive, Reward-Based Dog Training trainer Drayton Michaels on how to manage your dog in social settings in public: Click here for video

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