My dog becomes very aggressive towards other dogs when we’re outside walking on a leash. There’s no problem when she’s at a dog park or other off-leash place. How do I curb this behavior?
The behavior is called leash aggression, or leash-reactivity.
This happens when Weimaraners (dogs of all breeds, actually) react, over over-react to other dogs who approach them while they’re on a leash.
Consider taking an obedience class with your Weimaraner (or another one, if you’ve done one already), and work with a trainer who will teach you how to redirect your dog’s behavior. In a nutshell, reward behaviors you want to see (walking past a dog without getting reactive) and correct behaviors you DON’T want to see (reactivity).
Please note that Weimaraners don’t respond well to punishment, yelling, or other non-positive reinforcement.
Best of luck, and please contact me if you need additional troubleshooting!
ASPCA – Dogs who are Reactive to Leash
Paws 4 U – On Leash Aggression
Suzanne Clothier – Handling Lead Aggression
Positively – Working with a Leash Reactive Dog
When Hounds Fly – On Leash Aggression Towards Dogs
Three Dogs Training – Manage Leash Aggression
The Whole Dog Journal – Teaching an Aggressive Dog How to Be Social Around Other Dogs
Loving Paws, LLC – Reactive v. Aggressive Dogs
Mutt About Town – Leash Reactivity is Trainable
Pawsitive Feedback – What is a Leash Reactive Dog
Paw Rescue – Aggression to Approaching Dogs and People