My Question for Dr. Diane: Scout is a 2-year-old terrier mix rescued at 7 months. She is a very happy, peaceful dog with an excellent nature, never bitten or nibbled at anyone. Recently she has started growling and snarling and pulling on the leash when we pass other dogs. Help!
Scout is “growing up” and asserting her identity and independence and testing her dominance. Have you been taking her out for walks in the past? If not, she may also feel insecure outside the boundaries of your home and back yard. If you haven’t already, socialize her by taking Scout with you on errands and places that allow dogs. Also take her to Obedience Training classes where she will interact with other people and dogs.
In the meantime, try to avoid close contact with other dogs during your walks by crossing the street or changing direction and walking away from the other dog. If Scout does encounter another dog, verbally correct her by raising your voice and firmly telling her “No” or “Bad.”
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