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My Australian Shepherd Is Leash Reactive
We adopted a 3 year old Australian Shepherd approximately 7 months ago. She is a sweetheart, loves everyone, adults and children, and is very quiet and gentle, (and on the shy side) but needed a lot of TLC as we were told she was kept indoors using pee pee pads (she's 39 lbs.) to eliminate. We needed to house train her which she took to almost immediately with me taking her out every 1/2 hr for a few days.
She was also very afraid of all the outside noises, cars, wind, birds and was not leash trained and would drag me on our walks and lunge at any animal, insect or bird. Still working on the leash walking but she is 90% better than when we brought her home.
The one BIG problem is her leash reactive/aggression when she is on leash walking and we see another dog being walked. She turns into Cujo, lunging, flipping crazy barking. I have tried everything I've read on the subject and she's not quite as bad but it's still a big problem and very embarrassing.
If she is let to meet and sniff the other dog, though not everyone wants to trust a dog with this behavior, a few times (she does not growl, snap or try to bite) then if she sees the same dog a few more times she is defused but she can't always go up to and sniff every dog we see.
I occasionally take her to doggie day care and there is no problem at all there but there all dogs are off leash.
I believe she was never socialized with other dogs. We have been taking her to Petsmart and also Fresh Markets where there are always a lot of leashed dog walking and she does really well but there is so much going on at these places that she can't complete focus on an individual dog.
I do walk her everyday 4-5 times a day. Does anyone who has had this problem have any suggestions for me? Thank you!