So many of you have dogs I’m hoping you have suggestions for me… The short story - my girl as gotten increasingly reactive to other dogs when she’s on a leash and I need it to stop, but how?
The long story - people in our neighborhood do not believe in leashing or otherwise containing their dogs so we have been chased and attacked for than I like to think about. I’ve been knocked over on top of my dog, she has been nipped, I have kicked, screamed etc. With multiple calls to animal control, cussing matches with owners, and multiple complaints to the HOA by myself and the few others that walk the situation is improving. I’m the first to admit I am not calm and confident when being run down by a barking and unknown dog and I’m sure my girl picks up on that. The compounding factor was a guy with a little yappy dog suprised us early one morning while we were walking and I jumped, the dog jumped, his dog barked and ran to the end of the leash and mine when into full defense mode. OYE A week later the same dog is out off leash and runs us down and is snapping at my dog as I push the little dog away and about strangle my dog to keep her from eating the little dog. Now walking in the neighborhood on leash she is terrible when we see another dog on leash. Off leash and outside the neighborhood she is fine - she goes to the park, dog park, doggie daycare etc.