How do I stop my dogs leash from reactivity?
- Do not let your dog meet other dogs while on leash – ever.
- Require that your dog sit next to you when meeting new people on leash, and use food rewards to reward appropriate behaviors.
- Avoid retractable leashes – nothing good comes from having a dog walking several feet in front of you.
What does it mean when a dog is leash reactive? Leash reactivity is when your dog overreacts to a stimulus while they are on a leash. Dogs can be “reactive” towards any kind of trigger they have a negative association with, such as other dogs, cars, or people. The reactivity could look like lunging, barking, or growling.
Can a reactive dog be cured? Can my adult reactive dog be cured? Dogs of any age can start training to improve their reactivity. You do need to keep in mind that the longer a behavior has been ingrained, the longer it will take to retrain the dog.
What causes leash reactivity? Leash-reactive dogs are triggered by stimuli in the environment, responding with over-the-top behaviors that increase stress levels for the pet parent, the dog and everyone within barking distance.