08-01-2018, 07:33 PM
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Michigan, USA
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It sounds to me like your pup might be having some 'fear aggression'. She's getting a strong "Fight or Flight" response, and since she is leashed, she doesn't have the option of "flight".
You can combat this with careful, controlled desensitization to her triggers. Make sure to keep an eye on her body language and take a step back if you need to. Only move closer if she is keeping calm, and don't push her. Remember; you always want to end the session with a win. If, during these sessions she is just too freaked out, try getting her tired with some exercise beforehand.
Reward each successful step, no matter how small. I like rewarding with a game of tug. Getting the dog to play in the presence of a stressor helps get them release their stress in a productive way, reassures the dog that you are aware of and in control of the situation, and helps them relate these 'scary' things to fun times. It's also a good gauge for you to tell if the dog is too stressed out, since they won't engage in play if they are overly nervous. Of course, if your dog doesn't like tug/isn't play motivated, you can always use treats.
I'd also suggest teaching strong 'leave it' and 'look at me' commands; these go a long way in training for behavior.
Finally, if the problem becomes too overwhelming I suggest finding a dog behaviorist in your area. They will be able to better evaluate your situation and give you a more comprehensive plan-of-action. It might take a lot of work, but your girl should be able to get over this with some time and dedication.