I took my 8 month old for a walk tonight - it was a nightmare! It's just the beginning of spring where we live - more people out than usual - people in their yards, kids on bikes, other people walking their dogs, etc. It seemed that every corner we turned, someone was there. My dog - who is not an aggressive dog -was barking and growling and trying to run at everyone! She is usually fairly good on a leash, but when someone or some other dog was near, she would run circles around me while barking, or stand on her hind legs and growl while trying to get at these people. Even to people across the street! Like I said, our walk was a nightmare! Anyone have any suggestions as to what I should do? She's well socialized with other dogs - she goes to daycare, we have another dog, and she's familiar with a couple of the dogs who live on our street. She may need to be better socialized with other people??? Maybe some more obedience training? I don't know... Also - she ate a small piece of orange peel on our walk - some idiot just left them on the ground. Is orange peel okay for dogs? Thanks.
Have you looked into obedience training your dog - maybe a personal trainer could help, or if your dog is only poorly behaved when there are distractions, a class. As far as the orange peel goes I would keep a close eye on her.
Piper use to act like that when I took her to the park. She would bark and growl at people. I would tell her bad dog .Eventually she has become more tolerant of strange people .I just kept on taking her and walking her. She's much better. Last Sunday the park was packed ,she only growled at 2 dogs walking behind her. For her it's a stepping stone .
socialize her more with people; lots of walks, parks, you can take her to a mall and walk outside. gentle leader is good. also when she starts to lunge and bark tell her no take her in a different direction away from the distraction. in a place crowded that's a pain for you always changing direction, so start where there are less people. but keep doing it a lot.
The training is a good idea, she'll need to learn to focus on you instead of everything else. I don't know if this applys to your dog but, in the wild, wolves/coyotes will mark there territory on a regular basis and will guard it when needed, they usually stick the same boundaries and continually mark to let others know his territory. Try not to take the same route when your walking your dog, change the route daily. It may not eliminate the aggression but it may cut it down.