Sort of Wordless Wednesday – Walking to Help Leash Reactive Dogs

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.

Dog Pierson in Group Walk

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.

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.

Welcome Sign for Lucky Dogs Bakery

Dogs welcome to the Lucky Dogs Bakery and Barktique.

Maya Gets Treats at Bakery

Treats are being passed around at the Lucky Dogs Bakery and Barktique.

Maya at Dog Bakery 1

Maya and others in the Lucky Paws Bakery and Barktique in Downtown Lawrence.

Small Dog Walking Group

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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8 Responses to “Sort of Wordless Wednesday – Walking to Help Leash Reactive Dogs”

  1. Marcie Says:

    It’s great that your dog is getting better on the leash with other dogs around. Hope you’ll see lots more improvement as you two keep working on it.

  2. rumpydog Says:

    I need to join a group like that!

  3. Roxy the traveling dog Says:

    I need to work with Torrey too. I have to make her sit and be still when other dogs approach. She does good until the person on the other end of the dog lets the dog stop and say hi.

  4. 2browndawgs Says:

    Keep up the good work!

  5. sarahhosick Says:

    Those groups are such an awesome way to work with leash reactive dogs! Good for you and best of luck with Pierson’s progress!

  6. Clowie Says:

    That group is a great idea, I’m glad it’s helping! Others in the group understand.

  7. snoopys@snoopysdogblog Says:

    It’s so cool that you’re taking the time and being patient with them whilst they get the hang of being with other dogs and new environments, I’m sure you’ll all get there in the end….

    Big wags,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  8. leash pulling Says:

    My dog has no problems at the dog park with the leash off, but gets a little nutty around other dogs with the leash on. These groups sounds like a great idea.

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