If your dog is reactive on a leash, you’re likely accustomed to your beloved pooch making a scene while out on a walk. Just the sight of another dog approaching sends your dog into an uncontrollable tizzy; barking, lunging, and growling. This behavior is enough to fluster and embarrass any pet parent, making walks a dreaded chore instead of a pleasant outing.
While most Covid-19 precautions are a (necessary) nuisance, the “six-feet apart” rule has actually made walk time a little less stressful for pet parents of reactive dogs. Now, crossing the street when you see someone with another dog approaching isn’t just common curtesy, it’s a CDC guideline. But what happens when we no longer have to stay six feet apart and a friendly neighbor wants to try an on-leash meet and greet?
Let’s take a closer look at leash reactivity and what you can do to deter the behavior.