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Old 01-15-2018, 03:58 PM
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Question Reactive (not aggressive) towards other dogs. What do I do?

My dog will (it seems random) lunge and bark at other dogs when we are on walks. Usually bigger dogs. I have to hold him back and we walk away. He calms down once the dog is out of his sight.

I don't know what he would do if I let him go. He is not aggressive that I know.

He is a year and i have had him for 3 months.

I can't get a sense of what is upsetting him. I usually cross the street if i see a dog coming. His former owner said he gets along with other dogs and usually ignores them. I don't know how true that is, but he does not ignore anything. He watches people and dogs when we go out.

I took him to a dog park and he was fine except he barked more than the other dogs. I think it might have been too much for him. It was too much for me. I think we will not do dog parks. He has plenty of room to run around here.

I will praise him when he does not react, but what do I do when he does? Give him a treat when he calms down?
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I am reading the links now.

If you have anything more please let me know
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The good thing about dog parks is they get social interaction and play time. Running around alone isn't much fun for a social dog. You could also try play dates with friends with dogs or doggy daycare.
Dogs that are reactive on leash could be very different loose. When they're loose they're not tied and have space to get away and choose their own space. My dog loves dog parks but if a dog growls at him on leash he'll growl back and lunge. Loose in a dog park he'll walk away and not fight.

You could always go to a dog park at a quiet time when there's not a lot of dogs and people there. If you're overwhelmed he'll pick up on that and that could make him more nervous to protect you. Especially if he was fine with other dogs at his last home and now nervous with you. Dogs pick up on their owners' feelings and react to them. So the barking could have been because you were overwhelmed.
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@Lorib64 here's a nice thread with a bunch of info and training vids for reactivity.
https://www.dogforum.com/training-beh...2/#post3129962

Ideally, you'll want to be working underthreshold (distance he is aware of but not reacting to - then moving closer as
he relaxes) and rewarding as soon as your dog notices another, before he reacts.

The open bar/closed bar game is a really good starting point. Dog appears, you start funneling treats to your guy. Dog leaves and treats stop. It is explained in more detail (iirc there is a video or two as well) in the thread I linked to above.

What you should achieve, if you can keep the distance your dog need to think clearly, is an automatic head turn in anticipation of goodies when your dog sees another. Once you have that, then it is so, so much easier to transition over to your dog working/responding to what you ask him to do around other dogs.
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