How to Train Your Dog Not to Lunge at Things

Adding Tips & Resources


• Jones, P. (2018). The ultimate guide to stopping leash reactivity and aggression toward strangers and other dogs: A guide for the sensitive dog owner. Dogwise Publishing.

• Lopatek-Pedersen, E. (2020). How to he a perfect dog trainer. Dogwise Publishing.


• Petfinder (2019). Teaching your Dog Not to Lunge at Other Dogs When Walking

• CertaPet (2020). Leash Reactivity: 5 Steps for Helping Your Dog Learn Self Control

• Zak George’s Dog Training Revolution (2020). How to Train your Dog NOT To JUMP on People – Puppy Training | Stop Jumping Up

• Ruffwear’s Explorer Series by Barkly Pets (2021). Stop leash lunging with our top tips!

Incorporating a “Preventative Measures” Section

It is important to teach your dog not to lunge at things, as lunging can lead to dangerous situations. To successfully train your pup, here are a few things you should know:

1. Consistency – Be consistent in your training and commands, especially when teaching your puppy the command for “Stop” or introducing new stimuli gradually.

2. Reward Positive Behavior – Make sure to reward positive behaviors and provide plenty of praise and treats during the process. Doing this will show your pup that lunging has negative consequences while calm behavior has positive consequences.

3. Use Leashes – While you are training your pup, use a leash to ensure they stay safe and under control while they learn how to behave appropriately.

4. Desensitize and Socialize – One of the most important steps in teaching a dog not to lunge is desensitizing them with outside stimuli such as other animals or certain environments. You should also socialize them with other animals whenever possible so they become more comfortable when encountering new people or critters that may trigger their lunging tendencies.

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Addressing Potential Triggers

Common triggers for dogs that cause them to lunge include other animals, people, and objects. To manage these situations, it is important to ensure the safety of both the dog and those around them. When encountering another animal or person, keep the dog on a short leash and have them remain seated or at heel until further instruction is given. If they appear to be getting agitated or start barking, stop movement immediately and give them time to calm down before proceeding.

When approaching objects such as bikes, objects in a store that are exciting for the dog, etc., increase the distance between your dog and the object gradually. Give treats along this journey if needed to help distract from their excitement of wanting to get closer. Over time continue this gradual progression until your dog is comfortable with staying at a healthy distance from whatever it is that may be causing them to lunge.

Create a Dedicated FAQ Section

FAQs may include information on why their dog lunges and how to address it positively. Provide tips on diversions, training techniques, necessary equipment, and more. For instance, detail how to teach the “leave it” command to redirect your pup’s attention away from unwanted items or how best to navigate environments that trigger on-leash reactivity. Give helpful advice on when owners should ignore lunging behavior and when they should intervene with positive reinforcement methods such as clicker training or verbal rewards like treats or praise. By offering a comprehensive FAQ section, pet owners can feel more empowered in their quest towards successful dog training sessions.

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Adding a Troubleshooting Section

1. Determine what is causing the reaction: Is it another person or an animal? Consider tighter control if your pup shows signs of aggression in a certain scenario. This could include more frequent walks, more practice with rewarding desired behaviors, and creating distractions.

2. Examine environmental factors: Sometimes, a pup may lunge due to external sources such as loud noises or a sudden movement of something they perceive as a threat. Consider finding ways to reduce stress triggers, like providing calming music and introducing scent cues prior to a situation that may cause a dog to lunge.

3. Talk to your vet: If you’re unable to identify the cause or feel overwhelmed by behavior challenges, consult with your veterinarian on how to approach the situation safely, humanely, and effectively.

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