Leash reactivity is a fearful or aggressive response in dogs when they're restrained by a leash. It can lead to barking, lunging, growling, or even biting.
Dogs not properly socialized may feel threatened or uncomfortable when encountering people or other dogs.
Symptoms include barking, growling, or snarling at people or dogs, lunging, whining, intense focus on others and exhibiting body language like raised fur and dilated pupils.
Basic commands and communication can help your dog feel less anxious and stressed when approaching unfamiliar or scary stimuli.
Counterconditioning involves altering the emotional response to a trigger by associating it with something positive, like treats or playtime.
Desensitization involves gradually exposing your dog to a trigger in a controlled, safe, and stress-free environment to reduce their fear and anxiety response.
Use equipment like a front-clip harness or head halter for better control. Consider calming supplements and pheromone collars during training.