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What methods have you used to rehabilitate on-leash dog aggression?
Mostly clicker training and some drive training. Fortunately, by the time I realized Ris was leash-reactive, I had stopped walking her on a prong collar. I'll admit, though, that there were occasions when she was reactive that I used collar pops.

What worked? What made things worse?
I'll start with what didn't work. Collar pops definately didn't work. Neither did yelling at her. Yeah, not my proudest moments. . . Fortunately, I didn't use those methods often.

The first thing I tried that failed was having her in a 'sit' while the other dog walked past. She would sit and wait. . .until the dog got close and then she'd bark/lunge at it. Even when I took her far off the beaten path (which wasn't always possible). Part of the problem was that other people wouldn't keep their dogs away from her. . .but also that I made no attempt to tell them to keep their dogs back. I also tried sits with attention on me instead of letting her focus on the other dog. However, I tried this when she still didn't acknowledge my existance outside the house so it failed.

The second thing I tried was running past other dogs. We'd see another dog and I'd start jogging and encouraging her to come with me. I never really kept up with this one. I did get some strange looks from people when I tried it though.

Two things have worked so far. The first involved me kicking up my training and getting Ris to watch me around other dogs. It was basically a waiting game. You can watch the other dog, you can spazz out, but by looking at me you can get a treat. I did start by asking her for attention but now I get it almost automatically. This works pretty well when we're stationary. Unless another dog gets too close. Then I ask for her attention and remove her (or us) from the situation before it can escalate. I have also worked with her sitting with my right leg out in front of her chest and asking for attention in that position. Sort of my 'I will take care of this' pose. It has been working quite well so far in class though none of the other dogs have rushed us in this setup. One did get close, but I managed Ris by stuffing treats in her mouth and praising the daylights out of her for being calm.

For situations outside of class, using a form of drive training has worked best. If I'm 100% focused on her and she's in a heel, she is capable of not reacting to other dogs right in front of her or riding up on her butt. She has done this in class. But out in the world, it's been a bit less effective. So, when she sees another dog and gets riled while we're out and about, I ask if she wants to play tuggie. Immediately she flips focus from the dog onto me and we engage in a rousing game of tug. I have had a lot of success with this so far since it allows her to release some of that pent up energy seeing another dog creates.

Did any special book, training tool, collar, or 'set ups' using other dogs really help, or make things worse?
I'm my own worst enemy when I don't know what I'm doing. I'd say every dog book I've ever read has been beneficial to what I've done to help Risa. Our trainer has been helpful too as well as online sources. I think the Easy-Walk harness has been a good addition to my training tools but I know it isn't what has helped Risa be more calm. It has helped me since I know I have control over her mass and am not so worried about her hurting herself when lunging on a collar. Honestly, I think the thing that helped the most for me was ME getting a positive attitude and staying happy no matter what Risa was doing. Also having a plan of attack. Knowing what to do in the situation really helps!

Has any dog with dog aggression ever been able to consistently just stroll onlead by another onlead dog on a walk without firing up? Basicly, how successful have you been able to be with whatever methods you have used?
Our trainer's dog is reactive too, moreso than Risa. Her dog isn't reactive out of fear either. Yet she can compete with her dog in the showring, in dogsports, use her as a demo dog in obedience classes. . . But she has to be constantly vigilent with her. To make sure she's not focusing on other dogs or giving them the stare down. So yes, there is hope. You may never be able to 'cure' the problem entirely, but you can certainly get to a point where you can manage it.

And so ends one of my longest posts ever.
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