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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-07-2017, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Leash Aggression?

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I have a 2 year old male GSD and he is neutered. He's very friendly with dogs and people. However, when we go on walks outside, he seems to be becoming leash reactive to dogs! not if they are walking behind us, but if they are coming toward us. He will let out a small growl or bark and try to lunge but I have him under extreme control. I will correct this behavior with a choke chain.

If I make him sit and watch the other dogs go by he's fine, or if we walk up to the other and see them he's fine!

How can you fix this? I've tried treats, seen a trainer, and redirected his attention but for some reason he has trouble letting them walk by us.
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If having him sit is working,there's your solution.If what you want is to keep moving without stopping and sitting, correct him BEFORE the growl/lunge.As soon as he sees the dog and it's obvious he's going to react,leash pop,"look at me",and keep going.No reward until he's relaxed and focused back on you.The timing of rewards and corrections is critical.
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Is it leash aggression or leash frustration, he wants to go play with the dog? You said off leash he is friendly with and likes other dogs?
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Is it leash aggression or leash frustration, he wants to go play with the dog? You said off leash he is friendly with and likes other dogs?
I would consider it more, leash frustration I guess. It's like he gets angry if I don't let him stop and see the dog!
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