Understanding Leash Aggression in Dogs

Even though restraining a dog is not that harmful, however, you should try to ensure that this is done. The sooner you can eliminate any form of aggression, the better.

What then is leash aggression? This is the impulsive, offensive and belligerent approach of a dog towards other dogs, especially when on a leash. This is however very strange to many dog owners, who are cut abrupt by this sudden change in the dog’s behavior.


This is harmless since the dog on the leash can only barks and snarls at the other dog without necessarily inflicting any serious harm to the other dog. However, dog owners who are taking a walk with their dog often get confused by this new experience.

Even though in most instances, the dog does not get to inflict any harm on the other dog or human being, this unwanted behavior often leaves the owner asking a lot of questions.

Abruptly, the owner definitely has to change their walking style, which is considered not too healthy, since walking a dog through the park was meant to be fun, relaxing and an enjoyable task for the owner. This aggressive behavior tends to spoil the whole fun for either the dog or the owner.

Furthermore, this aggressive behavior often leaves everyone around there confused, since this dog only gets to show signs of aggression when they are on a leash. This unfortunate behavior cannot be attributed to any particular incident in the dog’s life. It is, however, an inherent quality that affects most pets, especially dogs.

Understanding Leash Aggression


It is of utmost importance for you as a dog owner, to fully comprehend that a dog is liable to display leash aggression only if it social skills are mal-developed. Dogs that often interact with other dogs scarcely show any sign of aggression when they are in the presence of other dogs. This unwanted behavior usually occurs when there is a buildup of both frustration and agitation to an extent where the dog cannot accommodate it, thus it often comes out in the form of aggression. Normally, when our dogs get outside of our apartments, it comes across different smells and sights that sometimes get them very confused.

Then there is a gradual buildup of disturbance. In most instances, this agitation is mostly at the sight of another rival dog, which causes the dog to “loss it”all together. The combination of all these finally boils down to aggression, and the best method of curbing this is by ensuring that gets maximum interact right from the tender age.

Imagine you are walking outside of your compound to explore new sights, but you are restricted by a leash tied around your neck. There is bound to be the buildup of frustration, which might come in the form of unwanted behaviors.

This is certainly the same thing that happens in dogs, and there is absolutely nothing that you can do about it. The only to go about this type of behavior is through dog leashing training and good conditioning to actually change this bad attitude of your dog.


Containing Aggression

However, there very few ways of eliminating this particular problem, but one thing to note here is the fact that this takes time and patience. Also, it requires a bit of change from the owner’s own angle.

You definitely need to train your dog well and ensures that the dog actually listens to some the basic commands. All this can only be achieved through a training routine which requires the owner to reward the dog whenever the dog is obedient.

Fully comprehend the dog’s behavior and try as much as possible to read some of the signs of leash aggression and other unwanted behaviors right in their early stages. There can be some distinctive movements at the sight of another dog, but you should be able to distract the dog at the sight of these signs of leash aggression. Since the buildup of these behaviors might escalate into something that you cannot control. But the most important thing here is for you the dog owner to remain as calm as possible.

Normally, leash aggression often leads to the buildup of tension in the owner, and if allowed can arise to physical actions. This behavior is sensed by the dog in less than no time through changing of posture, tightening of the leash that causes breathing problems, thereby causing serious agitation.

To avoid all these things from actually happening, the owner needs to, first of all, stay calm, and communicate with the dog in a soothing manner, while taking the dog away from the scene.

Most leash aggression scarcely results in any physical violence. This behavior is simply to show some level of supremacy over the other animal. The main thing here is for you to stay calm, and try to move your dog away from the main source of aggression.




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