Tag Archives: leash aggression

Dog Reactivity – what actually is it?

Posted on: February 17, 2017 - No Comments

Got a reactive dog? A fearful, anxious, or aggressive dog? A dog who barks and lunges at everything she sees? This is just for you!

Positively Dog Training Episode 601

Posted on: November 11, 2016 - No Comments

Victoria and Holly are back with a bang for the first episode of the Positively Podcast's sixth season.

How to Prevent Leash Reactivity in Dogs

Posted on: April 25, 2016 - 7 Comments

Hopefully these tips will be helpful to prevent leash frustration, and will give you a blueprint on how to approach on-leash greetings.

Confessions of a Dog Trainer: I Have a Reactive Dog (Part 3)

Posted on: February 1, 2016 - No Comments

As promised, I am going to talk about some of the things I did that helped curb her reactivity towards other dogs. These are things I did in addition to handling exercises designed to keep Charlotte’s attention on me AND the behavior modification to help her feel differently about dogs.

My dog wants to greet everyone! 5 ways to reduce frustration on walks

Posted on: November 18, 2015 - No Comments

Does your dog pull you over in his eagerness to greet another dog? Here are 5 ways to change your hooligan to a well-mannered dog.

It’s Not The Dog, It’s You! A Simple Way to Stop Leash Reactivity

Posted on: November 3, 2015 - 50 Comments

First steps to changing your dog's over-reaction to other dogs when you're out and about. You can stop the barking and lungeing!

Give Your Dog an Instant Safe Haven On Walks

Posted on: October 26, 2015 - 3 Comments

We’ve all seen a small child clinging to Mom’s neck while he safely views the world from under her hair. A little puppy has the same need for a safe haven. You may have seen your own puppy hurtle in from the garden when there’s an alarming noise, and dive into her bed. Plunging into the Read More

Rehabilitating A Reactive Dog: Topher’s Story

Posted on: August 12, 2015 - 23 Comments

This is Topher's story. I tell it now, even two years after it happened, to stress that while training takes time and patience, it’s worth it to help your dog have a better life.

Dog Training is Like Your Retirement Account, an Investment

Posted on: August 5, 2015 - No Comments

You will see the returns of your effort by sticking with the program for the long haul. If we want to see a change in our dog’s behavior we have to do the work, simple as that.

Positively Success Story: Libby

Posted on: November 17, 2014 - 2 Comments

I adopted Libby in May of this year from our local animal shelter. She initially showed up last December at approximately a year old as a stay that no one claimed. She was adopted once but was returned because she continued to scale a six-foot fence and roam the neighborhood. My husband and I are Read More

Positively Success Story: Jasper

Posted on: November 4, 2014 - No Comments

This is the story of Jasper. Jasper is 5 year old Hound/Retriever Mix that we adopted from a local rescue group when he was 3 months old. Jasper completed Puppy, Intermediate, Advance training and his CGCC with a great positive trainer. Jasper also is a K-9 Blood Donor. When Jasper was about 2 years old, we Read More

Heading for the dog park with a dog-reactive dog?

Posted on: September 16, 2014 - 25 Comments

Gaining some insight into how their dog might be feeling can be a big motivator for people who use heavy-handed methods with their dog-reactive dogs, and can potentially make all the difference. They may commonly label their dog ‘aggressive’ and resort to using force, which makes matters even worse. Without realizing it they are giving Read More

How Does Your Dog See and Understand the World?

Posted on: September 8, 2014 - 1 Comment

Scenario: A pleasant neighborhood on a sunny day, we observe a human and her dog taking a walk together. All of a sudden, the dog strains on leash, barking and lunging. The human tries to calm the dog down to no avail. She keeps looking around and sees nothing that should make her dog react Read More

How I Stopped My Dog’s Leash Aggression

Posted on: August 17, 2014 - 15 Comments

If you’ve ever had a leash reactive dog, you know the feeling of dread that I had before going on a walk. Learn how I stopped my dog's leash aggression--positively.

The Yellow Ribbon – Good Idea or Not?!

Posted on: March 18, 2014 - 16 Comments

The Yellow Dog Project is a movement created for dogs that need space. By tying a yellow ribbon or something similar to the dog's leash you are indicating that this dog needs space, for whatever reason (or perhaps the human walking the dog... either way). However, there has been much debate with this whole 'yellow ribbon please ignore us' movement. What do Read More

Teaching A Leash Reactive Dog To Make The Right Choices

Posted on: June 18, 2013 - 31 Comments

When Sadie first came into my life four years ago, she was what I would call a reactive dog, lunging towards and barking viciously at any dog that walked past or came close to her. Fortunately I was able to temper her reaction and teach her a new way to cope and behave in similar situations. The techniques I used meant I could change her behavior without physically punishing or imposing my will upon her in any way. I just gave her choices.

Dog/Dog Aggression

Posted on: July 2, 2011 - 12 Comments

Dog/dog Aggression: There’s nothing pet parents like better than socializing with their dog in the summer sun. There are, however, two important questions to ask: “Is it safe?” and “Is my dog really having fun?” Your dog speaks to you through body language--ear and tail carriage, stance, behavior and vocalizations. Perhaps your dog is telling Read More