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Old 06-27-2012, 07:52 PM
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Default I'm still struggling with Bandit's leash reactivity

The area i live in I rarely am bumping into other dogs. Which is an odd thought when you think how close all these houses are together. It seems I'm the only person to walk their dog. Bandit is fine walking by dogs lunging at fences, loose dogs, non reactive dogs but naturally a leashed reactive dog does set him off.

I have no idea how to redirect his attention and reward him because food is not an option when he locks in. Sometimes I can't prevent the lock in either. A dog will come around the corner too quick. I know leash reativity can take a long time to help him through I just want to know if I am doing things properly.

The only way I can get Bandit to refocus on me is to turn around and run away from an approaching dog when they've come around a corner. Is this okay to do? I feel like I might be getting his energy even more up around other dogs and I don't want increase reactivity but if a dog comes whipping around a bend it's either I run in the other direction with him or he lunges at the other dog. I'm thinking leaving in the other directi s way better than letting his normal reaction carry through where he lunges forward and barks.

The distance in which he is reacting is getting less and less but we are no where near ready to pass another dog who is also reactive on a street side by side.
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