Extreme Leash Aggression
I am 21 years old living in Delaware. I have a German Shepherd named Reggie. Reggie is 2 years old and a pretty big and strong dog. I got Reggie when he was a puppy and took him to obedience classes. He is very smart and learned sit, stay, down, and come very quickly. Reggie is friendly and lives with 2-3 other dogs depending on if I am at my mom's house or my apartment at college. Reggie however cannot go in public with me. He is extremely dog aggressive in public places. I cannot take him to Petsmart, the dog park, to tailgates, walks where he will encounter other dogs. I am starting to think that his aggression stems from being on a leash. He is only aggressive when he is on a leash. If he meets a new dog without a leash on and in a familiar setting he is fine and I do not have to worry. Normally this would not be a problem for me but I want to be able to take Reggie with me when I go places. I am not strong enough to hold him back if he really wanted to attack another dog and I do not want that to happen. Reggie when he sees another dog goes into another state of mind and I cannot seem to get his attention at all. I do not know what to do!