Meghan Posted January 3, 2022 Report Share Posted January 3, 2022 Our Bailey is 16 months old now and has recently regressed in terms of his leash reactivity. We're hoping this particular bad patch could be in part down to adolescence? He's always been a bit leash reactive, our fault for mis-socialising him as a pup. Due to covid and lockdowns, we over did it trying to make sure we socialised him and let him greet every dog on lead. From there he became a frustrated greeter, very overexcited amd wanting to meet every dog. We worked with a behavioural trainer at engage-disengage/look at that with good results, although it's still a work in progress. But, over the last few months it's changed from what seemed like overexcitement to becoming very barky, with some growling or lunging. He's not an aggressive dog at all, and if he was allowed to meet the dog on leash he'd sniff them and then be fine, but it comes across horrible. Unfortunately our trainer has not been able to work with him the last few months, although we're seeing her again soon. We have been a bit slack keeping up with engage/disengage training so we're picking that up again, and keeping our distance from other dogs on lead to try and keep Bailey below threshold. As we don't have a nearby dog we can practice with, I plan to take him somewhere where we can sit at a distance and see dogs walk past, and reward him with high value treats, then slowly decrease the distance. Similar conditioning training to how we made him comfortable with traffic. Otherwise, he's a really wonderful and affectionate dog (other than alarm barking at the door, and horses, which we're working on). Off lead, he's great with other dogs, no issues whatsoever. We'd really appreciate any advice to help us and him work through this We're planning to have him neutered in the next couple of months, do you think that could help? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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