Dog Aggressive on Leash

We adopted our dog Sally in February 2017. We did an obedience class with her in April 2017 and she did absolutely wonderful besides one thing — she tends to be aggressive on a leash. If we’re walking/running on a trail and pass another dog on a leash she starts lunging and barking at the dog. I’m not sure if this is out of excitement or if she’s being protective. We use a pinch collar on her and correcting her does absolutely nothing. In fact, it actually worries us because she is uncontrollable at these times. We try to keep her focused on our run/walk before getting close to the dog and tell her “leave it” and give a slight tug to take her attention off the other dog, but this hasn’t helped at all. She fixates on the other dog and goes crazy. Please if anyone has any suggestions feel free to share them. She is a wonderful dog but has this one quirk that we haven’t been able to stop since we adopted her.

FYI, when she is off leash and gets to meet a dog she is completely fine. She is very social and loves playing with other dogs. It’s only when she is on leash that she shows this aggressive behavior.

-Kim

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7 Comments on "Dog Aggressive on Leash"

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Amy

Have you tried a gentle leader? My dog was (is?) Crazy on a leash because she gets excited about everything. I think it might be a hound thing too? But with the gentle leader on she is perfect. It basically pulls her snout down if she pulls or lunges an leash.

Now this didn’t work for my other dog, he would just not move, lol. With where we live now I only need it when taking her to the vet.

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Kimberly Alt

We have an Easy Walk harness (from the same brand) but haven’t used it recently. We just purchased the Gentle Leader because of your comment. It was less than $15, so we thought it was worth the price to see if it helps solve our problem. Thanks for the idea!

Angela
Angela

One thing our teacher mentioned was instead of continue walking, make her sit while they walk past. Refocus her on ‘sitting’ and looking at you. If you stop her ‘energy’ (motion going forward), it’s easier to refocus her attention.

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Kimberly Alt

We’ve tried that a couple times and her lunging and barking is reduced drastically (still some). Maybe I’ll make a point to do that every time though. I just hate stopping during a run lol, it’s so hard to get going again!

Stacy
Stacy

Have you tried a spray bottle?

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Kimberly Alt

No we haven’t. We probably wouldn’t want to carry one on our runs since we are doing longer runs with her

Weirdo
Weirdo

Very interesting Kim, very interesting. Have you tried contacting Cesar Milan, the dog whisperer? Alternatively, go on Amazon and read every single one of his books until you run into something related to a dog on leash going crazy. Sally must be a cool pup, I love dogs that go crazy on leashes.

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