I saw that my boy was dog reactive at an early age--11 weeks. Fantastic dog with all kinds of people, noises, equipment, etc. On this forum I learned about doing exercises from Control Unleashed and worked on a lot of engagement. I walked early morning and just before sundown on 35 ft. lunge line and harness. One park is better in the morning for avoiding dogs and a different one in the pm. I avoided other dogs on purpose so as not to make the situation worse.
When I went places where there were dogs, like the feed store, I corrected him with a prong collar which suppressed the barking and lunging.
I waited until I had lots of engagement behind us and signed up for a basic obedience class at 8.5 months with other dogs. He is reactive, but settles quickly because of the exercise (games) I did in Control Unleashed. I am also going to take a Reactive Rover class in January to counter condition. I slept in late today and went to the park later than usual. He knows that if he sees another dog in the distance to come back to me and I will give him lots of treats.
If a dog is too close, he's an embarrassing maniac. That's why we are taking classes specifically for dog reactivity.
I want to do off-leash sports with my dog, so I need to do more than suppress the behavior. I am not using a prong collar now. I use a gentle leader which has been effective on a 6 ft. leash.
Last edited by Moriah; 11-27-2014 at 04:55 PM.