Leash Etiquette (January is Train Your Dog Month)

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Letting dogs meet on leash is a tricky thing — it is usually very stressful for dogs because the leashes interfere with polite dog-dog communication and because the people holding the leashes don’t understand how to adapt things to make it less stressful for dogs. On-leash greetings, even the very friendly ones, can lead to behavioural problems, including over-reactivity and aggression. Here is a quick article explaining some of the issues with on-leash greetings. For times when dogs need to be on leashes to meet, here are some good resources to help you learn how to do it safely and as “dog friendly” as possible.

The Art of Introducing Dogs by Louise Ginman

An article in the Whole Dog Journal with some tips

Photo by Bundo Kim on Unsplash

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