Sometimes, it isn’t easy to walk in public with a dog that tends to react when seeing other dogs. Here there are some steps I found helpful:
Identify what situations make your dog react. It would help if you avoided those situations for a time. For example, you can change the walk routes and hours to decrease the probability of unfortunate encounters.
With time, you will develop a stress reduction program. It would help if you optimized daily routines in terms of walks, interaction, games, etc. And you should review the emotional state of our dog. In many cases, dogs react when they see other dogs.
In time you will develop a stress reduction program. You should optimize daily routines in terms of walks, interaction, games, etc. And you should review the emotional state of our dog. In many cases, dogs react when they see other dogs.
The next step is to help your dog to be calm when meeting other dogs.
In this stage, you should avoid correction or punishment. Please don’t be angry with your dog. If there is a situation, wait a few seconds without speaking or doing anything. It would help if you held the strap. Probably the other dog will avoid yours. Perhaps your dog manages it alone, and the reactivity decreases.
If this does not work, you should act quickly and get him out of there fast. Hold the strap, change direction, and leave.
You should transmit your dog: “I will get you out of here,” and although you may have to drag your dog along a bit, resistance will drop. Your dog will know that you always find ways to avoid these incidents.
Dragging a dog is not a good idea, but it is the best option, and you must do it, without speaking, without getting angry, and without touching or looking at your dog. All the time, the idea is to get the dog out of this situation.
A good idea for the meetings is sessions of sniffing. Your dog and the other should be focused on finding many bits of sausage that you previously scattered in the zone.
That curve will get smaller and smaller over time. Maybe your dog can see another for a few seconds, but the dog may react immediately. You should allow those seconds without tightening the strap, scatter some prizes on the floor, and then take the dog.
Little by little, you will need fewer rewards, and you will be less distance from other dogs. As we see the dog calmer, you should let the dog interact with suitable dogs.
Find safe and quiet places, also suitable dogs to do tests without a leash. There is a time of treatment that is important to hand over responsibility. They will know how to solve the situation properly.