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My dog is a 2 year old rescue. He’s very reactive but we have been working hard on his training. He loves the dog park, and goes on adventure walks with a group of dogs each week. But on leash is a different story. It was never a huge issue, but recently has becoming worse. Things will be going good, tails wagging, they greet and have a sniff and then 10 seconds later my dog switches and attacks and we’re all caught off guard. And then sometimes he’s completely fine! It’s unpredictable and there are no negative signs leading up to when he’s going to switch. The leash is loose and sometimes I talk him through it which I find helps. Any advice on how to approach this? Thank you!
 

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Your dog does not need to interact with other dogs. Domestic dogs were bred to interact with humans.

I've had dogs that got along well with every dog they've met, and I've had a few that had a pretty determined dislike for any other dog. Neither suffered in the least as long as they had a relationship with me.

Leash aggression, in particular, is pretty common. I have no suggestions for how to "train" that out, since I simply avoid interactions with other dogs when I've had leash aggressive dogs.
 
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No on leash greetings. Ever. VERY unnatural to the dog. Can cause dogs to fight.

When you see another dog, step off to the side and have your dog sit and focus on you until the other dog has passed. Even if the person says anything, ignore them. If they ask to meet your dog the answer is NO and please move along I am training TYVM all the while staying focused on your dog and not looking at the passerby.
 

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My dog is a 2 year old rescue. He’s very reactive but we have been working hard on his training. He loves the dog park, and goes on adventure walks with a group of dogs each week. But on leash is a different story. It was never a huge issue, but recently has becoming worse. Things will be going good, tails wagging, they greet and have a sniff and then 10 seconds later my dog switches and attacks and we’re all caught off guard. And then sometimes he’s completely fine! It’s unpredictable and there are no negative signs leading up to when he’s going to switch. The leash is loose and sometimes I talk him through it which I find helps. Any advice on how to approach this? Thank you!
I’m no dog professional but it could be possible that meeting other dogs on leash can be an anxiety producing situation because they’re restricted and feel trapped. Whenever dogs may try to interact with him, he could feel threatened by them being in their space and a leash unforced smaller boundaries and less of an escape route if the dog feels confronted or such. I would avoid any random leash encounters with stranger dogs out of safety for a long time. Until then it could be good to introduce familiar dogs through fences and stick to the same particular dogs. It’s important to have positive reinforcement and distraction in stressful situation. Give the dog a moment to sniff then detach him the dog from the others by treats and pets and positive affection. Keeping the dogs busy in their own world and yet in a coexistive environment is essential. Make sure they have their own space.
 
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