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Understanding why your dog pulls on a leash...

Allison Hartlage, CTC, KPA-CTP, CBCC-KA, CNWI
Director, Animal Behavior Services

Did you know? Not all dogs who pull, bark, lunge and fuss when they see another dog while they are on a leash are saying the same thing. Some dogs are saying “move away, I need more space; I don’t feel safe.” Others are saying “I’m frustrated that you are so far away; get closer so that we can play!” We all use our behavior to communicate our needs. It takes education and practice to understand the need that is being communicated.

When behind a barrier – a window, leash or fence – Sally barks, lunges and makes a fuss when she sees other dogs. To understand Sally’s need, our expert Training and Behavior Team took things slowly, ensuring safety at all stages, beginning with helping Sally to make different choices when seeing dogs while leashed. Soon, Sally showed us through body language and behavior that it was safe to approach and she was comfortable interacting with other dogs. Thanks for helping us to better understand your need, Sally!

Learn more about how to better communicate with your dog. We can also help you find a humane, certified force-free trainer so you and your dog can thrive.

*Not all animals displaying reactivity can be safe with other animals. Visit our Training Services page to hire a professional, certified force-free trainer to help you to make this determination and to explore our class options for dogs who are reactive towards other dogs while leashed.

To understand Sally’s need, our expert Training and Behavior Team took things slowly, ensuring safety at all stages, beginning with helping Sally to make different choices when seeing dogs while leashed. Sally showed us through body language and behavior that it was safe to approach and she was comfortable interacting with other dogs.
Thanks for helping us to better understand your need, Sally!