Pierson is very leash reactive when he sees other dogs. He probably wasn’t properly socialized when he was young and I have not done a good job of consistently working with his socialization skills. But now that the weather is getting nice, I intend to do better. Recently, we joined a dog walking group that specifically gets together to work with our dogs’ behavior. I say gets together but in reality, we have to walk a distance apart.
I’m working on Pierson’s dog aggression by going on group walks with other dog owners.
Some dogs are doing really well and can now walk with other dogs without much trouble. Pierson is doing better, but as you can see from the photo he still has to stay a distance away. We can get a few feet closer than this before Pierson starts going crazy. Over time, I expect we will be able to get closer and closer. I’ll keep you posted on his progress.
Teaching the ‘look’ command to get my dog Pierson’s attention when we see other dogs.
This past Saturday, I took Maya on the group walk. We decided to walk downtown and this would be too much for Pierson. Maya has her issues too, but with excitability, so I took her instead. If I had taken Pierson, we would not have been able to visit this nice dog barktique.
Dogs welcome to the Lucky Dogs Bakery and Barktique.
Treats are being passed around at the Lucky Dogs Bakery and Barktique.
Maya and others in the Lucky Paws Bakery and Barktique in Downtown Lawrence.
Our dog walking group is still small. Thanks to lots of practice, these dogs are not as leash reactive as they used to be.
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