My dog Maggie is reactive. She’s just turned three and what were occasional warning signs has now developed into a fully fledged personality trait. She demonstrates this most in her greetings. She eagerly make a bee line for the other dog and goes nose to nose with a hard stare.
As you can imagine this type of greeting isn’t polite. So when the other dog starts to signal that Maggie needs to back off … Maggie will snap. She lacks the social skills in how to communicate calming signals effectively and she resorts to the fastest way she knows how to signal she’s uncomfortable with being uncomfortable.
Her nervousness and frustration is rubbing off on Orbit. So now as a pack, when leashed, they will start to bark and lunge at dogs that enter their “space”. At this time I’m asserting this perimeter to be within 20 feet.
This behavior reared its ugly head at Blog Paws. Imagine my surprise when upon arriving at the convention they proceeded to turn into little barking monsters are every dog in the lobby. Luckily my friend who I traveled with Oh My ShihTzu had trained her Boston out of this behavior.