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    DefaultHouston we MAY have a problem!

    Right earlier when I took Alfie out he was on lead and this Westie approached also on a lead. The westie wanted 2 sniff alfie so i said yes as he loves other dogs but wish i hadnt as alfie growled and lunged towards this other dog! Very shocked indeed seeing as he said hello to a springer OFF lead not 5 minutes before.

    Thought it was a one off but just took him out again and he did it to a tiny black puppy, again on lead.

    He growls then lunges and i dont know what he would do i just pull him back v. quickly. Any idea what this behaviour is? I always made sure he was very well socialised and he loves to play with other dogs.

    Is it because he is on a lead? Is he prtecting me? Ill be asking the trainer on Tuesday for suggestions but im the meantime im baffled!

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    DefaultRe: Houston we MAY have a problem!

    They sometimes feel trapped when on lead and can get aggressive. My last lab was like that so when we met a new dog I would immediately drop her lead.

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    DefaultRe: Houston we MAY have a problem!

    Quote Originally Posted by nellies mom
    They sometimes feel trapped when on lead and can get aggressive. My last lab was like that so when we met a new dog I would immediately drop her lead.
    dont know if im confident enough to drop his lead lol :-\

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    DefaultRe: Houston we MAY have a problem!

    Has another dog gone for Alfie while he has been on the lead in the past?

    More often than not, lead aggression is a fearful reaction that relates to flight or fight. They can't run away (take flight) because they are restrained so instead they opt to take the defensive and react.

    I actually avoid meeting other leashed dogs unless we know them for this very reason. My dogs are not leash aggressive but I don't trust other people. I have had countless people tell me that their leashed dog "loves other dogs" only for it snap at one of my friendly dogs. I DON'T want my dogs to have negative associations with being snapped at while leashed so we avoid them.

    If you have to meet other dogs while Alfie is on the lead, have Alfie 'sit' before they meet each other and make sure the lead is slack. If you can drop the lead safely, do it. Don't be tempted to reel the lead in and cling on to it tightly for life. He will quickly pick up on your tension and anxiety this way. Don't correct him or jerk him away either. I know that it is instinct to react that way in that situation but it won't help. By making a big deal out of the situation, you are telling Alfie that HE should be making a big deal out of the situation too, and this will only fuel any negative connotations that he has with meeting other dogs while on the lead. If you are relaxed about the situation, hopefully he will be too.

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    DefaultRe: Houston we MAY have a problem!

    I agree with Rosie ^^^

    Henry has been attacked twice in his life while on lead. As a result, he is leash-reactive and we work on this every single day. He is not allowed to meet other dogs while on lead (I don't trust the other dog, and don't want to make the problem worse) and I will cross the road if there is a dog coming the other way. Other people may see this as rude (I've had people "comment" loudly) but I will do whatever it takes to protect my own dog.

    Off leash he's a completely different dog and will play with just about any dog (as long as they don't try to hump him!! )


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    DefaultRe: Houston we MAY have a problem!

    Thanks for your help!

    Trickster only time i can recall him being attacked on lead was at his xmas party (lol) a big hooch style dog (cant remember what they are called dogue de bordeaux is it?) had him while i was talking to someone else and silly me wasnt paying attention alfie cried and i let go of the lead so he could get away.

    Obviously that was ages ago 2weeks before xmas but sounds like he has remembered but he was fine last weekat obedience class on lead sniffing his classmates? maybe as he knows them now and maybe thats why he barked the 1st week

    Ok im rambling now will give everything you guys have said a shot!!

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