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Warmer weather brings more dogs, more children and more activity in general.
If you have not taught your dog or puppy to be calm in the face of distractions, it's unrealistic to expect him to do so. Raising your voice and jerking on the leash will only make it worse.
Instead, teach him that children, bicycles, basketballs, and other stimuli mean good things happen.
A beginning step might be to sit on your front step with your dog and feed small bits of a high value food item such as frozen meatballs, canned chicken or turkey (drained) every time a child on a bicycle, skateboard, dog or other distraction goes by. Continue to feed until the distraction is gone. Stop feeding when you can no longer see it. Begin the process again as something/someone passes by.
During your training, try to keep enough distance between you and the distraction so your dog feels safe and isn't barking or lunging on leash. How do you know how far is good enough? When your dog is not barking or lunging.
This tip is not meant to solve aggression or other more serious issues. Contact me for more information on teaching your dog to be calm around distractions.
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