A university in the Czech Republic has done a study on almost 2,000 dogs on how they interact with one another while on walks.
They found that the gender of the owner doing the walking was a very large factor in aggression towards other dogs.
When a male was walking the dog on a leash, the dog was hour times more likely to be aggressive.
Another interesting result is that when the dog was walked without a leash they were only half as likely to be aggressive, compared to dogs that were on a leash.
The researchers believe the on leash dogs were frosted with their inability to circle around the other dogs and sniff them, in the customary canine greeting.
This led the dogs to be unable to tell if the other dog was friendly or not, so they took a more defensive approach to the unknown and would be more likely to act aggressively.
The researchers suggest that the dog is very sensitive to the deposition of the walker.
So keep a calm, assertive energy on your walk and your dog will pick up on it too. Greet other walks to let your dog know there is nothing to worry about.
Then everyone will have an enjoyable walk! So get out there and get some exercise.
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