Practice reinforces dog's lunging and barking. To rehabilitate, prevent these behaviors. "Practice makes perfect" applies here too.
Know your dog's triggers to gain control. List them hierarchically. Be aware of hyperreactivity that may expand reactions beyond initial triggers.
Use desensitization (gradual exposure to triggers) and counterconditioning (creating positive associations) to modify your dog's behavior effectively.
Understand your dog's body language to gauge their emotional state. Analyze slow-motion recordings for precursor signs. Modify behavior plan to prevent reactivity.
Train alternate behavior gradually. Start at home, away from distractions. Use dynamic behaviors for reactivity cases. Dogs struggle to stay still when concerned
Prioritize safety in behavior modification. Use a bite-proof muzzle for aggression concerns. Wire basket or Jafco muzzles recommended. Muzzle train with desensitization and counterconditioning.
Ensure control and reduce stress during walks. Use a front-attachment harness for better control. Attach leash to collar and harness for security. Consider head halter like Gentle Leader. Avoid prong, choke, and shock collars.
Master body language, desensitization, counterconditioning. Use systematic exposures, games like Look at That, Open/Close Bar, Engage Disengage, Treasure Hunt, Treat Toss. Create positive associations, focus on triggers
Associate trigger with treats, calm state. Ask for attention heeling near trigger. Treat every step. No treats past trigger. Trigger starts the fun!
Reactivity means progress is too fast or trigger too intense. End positively, treats from safe distance. Adjust trigger presentation for next time.