What Is Leash Reactivity?

Dogs can act differently towards other animals and/or people when they are attached to a leash or restrained in some way.  Does your dog, who peacefully greets other dogs at the dog park, start barking and jumping or chewing on its leash when seeing other canines when on a leash? This may be leash reactivity. In this week’s episode of the podcast, dog trainer, Emily Stoddard, owner of Canine Dog Sports Training, explains what this is, the different ways it might exhibit itself and what to do to help your dog.

Full Show Notes for Raising Your Paws Podcast Episode 70.

Title: Why Dogs Whine & What to Do If Your Dog is Leash Reactive.

Do you get annoyed at times when your dog is whining? Making you feel uncomfortable is one of the purposes of this high-pitched vocalization. I know that sounds crazy but once you know more about the mechanics and reasons dog’s whine, you’ll understand and respect the sound more.

When out walking your dog on its leash, are there times your dog starts acting very upset – barking and lunging – when it sees or encounters an unfamiliar dog?  This behavior can be triggered by the very fact that your dog is attached to a leash. What is leash reactivity and what can be done to help a dog that is experiencing this?  Find out, in part 2 of my conversation with dog trainer, Emily Stoddard, the owner of the Canine Sports Dog Training in Chicago, Illinois.

Finally, in this feline behavior fun facts feature, hear the answers to why cats roll over in front of you and what cats do to show affection to those they like.

Additional Resources for the Show.

Source for the story about dog’s whines – “How to Speak Dog” by Stanley Coren.

Emily Stoddard

Canine Dog Sports Training Company. Emily Stoddard’s Website.

Canine Dog Sports Training on Facebook.

Source for the story about cat behaviors – “How to Speak Cat” by Aline Alexander Newman and Gary Weitzman. D.V.M.






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