It's common for puppies to be friendly and outgoing. But sometimes, a puppy can suddenly become reactive to other dogs, people, or objects.
Puppy reactivity is when a puppy reacts to something in their environment with fear, anxiety, or aggression.
There are a number of factors that can contribute to puppy reactivity, including: Lack of socialization, Past negative experiences,Fear or anxiety, etc.
The signs of puppy reactivity can vary from dog to dog. Some common signs include: Excessive barking or growling, Lunging or, pulling on the leash, etc.
Socialization is the process of exposing your puppy to a variety of people, places, and things in a positive and controlled way.
Desensitization and counterconditioning is a process of gradually exposing your puppy to the trigger in a controlled environment and rewarding them for staying calm.
A muzzle can help to protect your puppy and others if they do become aggressive.