Anxiety on the leash can cause your dog to start pulling, barking or lunging. Other dogs, animals, bicylcles, cars or people, can all trigger this behavior.
Chances are someone has suggested that you try using treats.
It makes sense, right? Giving treats or pairing something positive with something scary or incredibly exciting should make your dog learn to be calmer and love or at least tolerate that “thing”, because that “thing” means other good things will follow, like getting a treat. We, behaviorists call this “behavior modification”.
This strategy makes sense and it can work but…
…if this strategy has failed or frustrated you, I’m not surprised because it’s easy to miss one important piece in this strategy.
Are you making this mistake?
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