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What a difference a leash can make! Many dogs, while attached to their owner by a leash, react to the sight of an unfamiliar dog (or, at times, an unfamiliar person) by barking and lunging. These same dogs, in contexts in which they can be safely off-leash, may actually display friendly and appropriate social behaviors. These vastly different reactions can surprise both dog owners & professional trainers. What accounts for this embarrassing and potentially dangerous on-leash behavior? And more importantly, what can we do to change it? For we know that facilitating pleasant on-leash walks is a key component of most successful behavior-modification plans. While there are several approaches to resolve “leash reactivity,” Kathy will discuss using classical conditioning to lay the foundation for a permanent solution.