Spring has FINALLY arrived, and we’re enjoying a lot more time outside: taking long walks, playing in the backyard, having dog friends over to romp.
Still no word on our next foster, but we’ve truthfully enjoyed the break. It’s nice to have a few weeks off, with our normal routine and our low-maintenance dog. That being said, I am excited about our next foster, whoever it will be! (Selfishly, I’m hoping for a young adult who would be a good playmate for Pyrrha… She loves having other dogs around, particularly ones she can wrestle with.)
Update on her new leash-reactive behavior
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m keeping an eye on her behavior on walks. The interesting thing is that her aggressive displays are not consistent. On some walks, she’s totally fine; happily wags her tail at dogs that pass and seems like her “normal” self. But on other occasions, she shows this new fear/aggression display (barking, lunging).
There are consistent factors to her leash reactivity, however. She will react badly if: a.) we’re walking with another dog, especially a puppy, or b.) we’re walking solo, but the passing dog barks at her. If the passing dog just looks at her or wags its tail, she’s fine; no reaction. But she suddenly feels like she needs to respond in-kind if the dog lunges or barks at her.
I definitely want to manage this behavior before it becomes consistent (i.e., she responds with an aggressive display to every dog that passes us, not just the barking/lunging ones).
Do you have a leash reactive dog? What have you done to help mitigate this behavior?