Annie Phenix is a professional dog trainer who reminds readers leash laws are in place to protect dogs and their owners.
Annie has five recommendations for dog owners on how to protect their beloved companion from an unleashed dog.
1. Find a reputable, professional dog trainer
A trainer can help your dog overcome any leash reactivity by teaching your dog to trust your leadership. Leash training can also assist your dog in appropriate behaviors with other dogs.
2. Take note of your dog’s mannerisms while on walks
Try to learn what types of stimuli elicit negative reactions from your dog. If your dog demonstrates alarming behaviors, such as growing or showing its teeth, among other signals, offer a distraction. Distracting your dog and encouraging positive behavior will help keep your dog safe.
3. Use multi-purpose training treats
Treats help with training your dog by rewarding desirable behaviors. Treats are also an easy distraction for an off-leash dog that may otherwise cause your dog stress.
4. Focus your energy on preventative measures
While you cannot change a dog owner that does not abide by leash laws, you can make sure you have the right tools and a plan to protect your dog.
5. Use caution when confronting an off-leash dog and its owner(s)
Tools, such as dog whistles, citronella spray, umbrellas, and more, can deter a dog attack. But, always be prudent as these preventative tools can also intensity a situation.