Features May 2012 Issue

Understanding

The tense, tall, forward posture of the Labrador – caused by his pulling on the ineffective choke chain – looks very similar to an aggressive posture, and could cause the other dog to be defensive.

Understanding "Leash Aggression" in Otherwise Friendly Dogs

Why otherwise friendly dogs may behave aggressively when on-leash.

If you hang around with other dog owners, you’ve no doubt heard the same comment I have, over and over again: “My dog is fine with other dogs when he’s off-leash; he’s only dog-aggressive when his leash is on.” You may have even said it yourself. The reason it’s an often-heard comment is that it’s a common behavior: A lot of dogs who are fine with other dogs when left to their own devices become aggressive if they are leashed when they meet other dogs.

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