Introducing 2 Dogs On Leash

This article is going to address some of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to introducing 2 dogs on leash.  Introducing 2 strange dogs always has some possibility of their being an aggression issue.  This article will hopefully give you some pointers that can possibly reduce that possibility.

Let’s start off with, let’s keep moving while the introduction takes place.  That’s right as the strange dogs and their owner come toward each other just start walking as if you are going for a nice brisk walk.  Remember this should always happen in neutral territory not on one of the dog’s turf.

As the walk continues you and the other owner can start moving closer to each other trying to maintain a nice loose leash.  There is something about a tight leash that always seems to cause a problem with new dogs meeting each other.

I never approach a strange dog that is pulling the owner toward me on a tight leash and barking at the same time.  In fact on walks when meeting another owner and their dog if the other dog appears to be stressed, is barking, or pulling the owner I simply pass on allowing my dog to approach it.  Keep in mind you should never feel obligated to have your dog go nose to nose with an unknown dog.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you should never introduce more than 2 strange dogs at one time. Remember that introducing 3 or 4 dogs at the same time increases the chances of there being a problem.

Another thing I always do is before introducing my dog to a strange dog is asking the owner if their dog is dog friendly.  If I get a maybe or sometimes then the introduction is off.  There is no reason for me to take a chance with my dog or a client’s dog introducing them to a maybe type dog.

Keep in mind that if your lifestyle has you taking your dog around other dogs with friends, family or even the dog park make sure that you socialize your dog well during the socialization period from birth to 20 weeks of age.

Following these few simple suggestions will help you enjoy your dog and help it find new canine friends that it can enjoy playing with and going for walks without having a dog fight.

Mark Mansfield
 

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