Dog aggression on leash can be pretty scary. In fact, dog aggression on leash can not only be scary but it can be embarrassing to you, and intimidating to others in your neighborhood.
You don’t want to develop the reputation of having the “neighborhood menace.” Many people who get into this situation just quit walking their dog all together. This is like sweeping the problem under the rug. It’s not good for you or your dog. But what do you do?
How it starts
See if this sounds familiar to you. A very concerned or even distraught dog owner called and said, “We’ve had our 5 y/o, 75lb hound mix since she was 4 months. Within the last year, she has demonstrated aggression when on a leash toward other dogs. She is not aggressive toward dogs when off leash.
I need suggestions on how to walk my dog as I don’t walk the dog much anymore. See, I am afraid of what the Hound will do as she can pull me. More than a few times she got really close to the other dog and it was very unnerving.”