Not at all dogs and breeds are the same, and this is especially true with the Belgian Malinois. They’re a breed with a notoriously high drive and need appropriate handling and enrichment to fulfil their basic needs.
Iroh’s owners had contacted us for some work on his leash pulling and reactivity towards other dogs. He’d previously chase and nip other dogs when playing and when on a leash would begin to lunge, bark and growl in frustration.
As is common in most of our reactivity sessions, we addressed the leash pulling first and foremost. Disengagement with the owner and leash pulling in areas of higher distraction are usually always precursors of reactivity behaviour.
One slightly tweak that is almost always needed in sessions like this is for the owners (typically males) to get comfortable rewarding the dog for all of the good decisions they make, rather than focusing on only the bad. Relaxing and understanding it’s a learning process for everybody is really helpful in achieving this.
Once we had Iroh engaged with his owners and walking nicely on a leash we began work with one of our stooge dogs, Panzer. His initial reaction was less than desirable (video in comments) so we got to work on some threshold training and with a huge improvement in communication and handling from his owners his improvement in such a short session was admirable.
With some great foundations at their disposal and confident in what they need to do next, we know Iroh and his owners will crush it moving forwards.