How to Fix Leash Aggression in Weimaraners

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!

Further reading:

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

 

 


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