My dog SCREAMS when he sees another dog while walking on a leash

I have a female jack and male jack/rat mix. We walk daily. The problem is with my male whom I've had for almost 2 years. From very early on he started to scream whenever we saw ANYTHING while walking: bunnies, deer, cats, etc... but the worst by far is if we see another dog walking with its owner. I say scream because that's what it is. He starts rearing up on his leash and going spastic all the while letting out a blood curdling scream. I have tried everything from treats to distract him, telling him a firm "NO", spay bottle, having him sit/face me etc.. Nothing has worked. The only improvement that we have made is the facty that most days we can actually pass a house with a dog outside without him going into hysterics, but we cannot walk by any dogs. This of course makes our time out extremely frustrating since i live in an area that there is a huge amount of walking traffic. We have to either turn around or go places where there are no other dogs.

He has played off leash with other dogs (although the last time he did show some food aggression) otherwise he played fine and seemed to have fun.
Funny thing is he only does this in our neighborhood. If I take him to a dog event out of the area where there are literally hundreds of other dogs, he doesn't say a word-no reaction at all? Any ideas why he does this or how to stop it? My female jack never had a problem with walking, but when he starts she has also strated to chime in. It's extremely embarrasing and I look like a fool who can't control her dogs.

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Jul 18, 2017
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Can't understand why Mt dog screams at other dogs. NEW
by: Anonymous

I have just recently adopted a male pit bull and he screams his head off and tries to get to other dogs while we are out for walks or just out in public. It's very odd cause we have another dog at home and he loves her to death.I dont know what that means or why he does that when he sees other dogs besides the other one we have at home.

Mar 24, 2012
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Screaming Jack
by: Anonymous

Oh God! My jack russell shortie does a similar thing. She also screams at our neighbor. We used to think it was the neighbors dog until we realized it was actually her owner. She sounds like a girl screaming. She gets so excited and spastic, just like you said. I have found asking her to sit with a treat in my hand has helped. Jacks are very food motivated. Try it but you have to get their attention first which can be difficult I agree. Good luck and thanks for sharing. I thought ours was the only one and yes, it is embarrassing!!!

Mar 23, 2012
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Screaming jack
by: Anonymous

Yes, that has been suggested to me by others and I do need to try. The problem really is just lack of time since I have a long work day. For that reason I try to get both done at the same time. Others have also told me to take hime to obediance classes (which I never did) Funny thing is I actually think he would get used to the other dogs and be able to stay on task without reacting UNTIL he gets back into the real world and on his own turf lol!! Then I feel all that was learned would be a distant memory Ha!Ha!
The thing about him that is different from my other Jack is he is a very nervous/anxious dog and gets scared easily ~ On the flipside, he is curious about everything and extremely lovable with his humans.
You may be right though about working with him alone because it does seem at times (especially when we are walking with a friend and her dog) that he is worse - Maybe he thinks he is protecting his pack??

Mar 22, 2012
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Screaming Jack 2
by: MichaelL65

One thing you might want to try for a short while is walking the 2 dogs separately so you can focus on him, and as the behaviour improves, re-introduce the second dog to your walks.

Mar 21, 2012
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I'll keep trying...
by: Anonymous

Thank you. Yes, he is fixed. I have been making him sit and giving a treat. Maybe I need to give even more praise? The trouble is I am walking the other dog at the same time so it is harder to focus entirely on him since I am also trying to keep her calm! It is 10x worse if she starts to do it too lol!!
I don't want him to get used to avoiding other dogs by walking in the other direction, but sometimes it is hard to keep him distracted long enough for the other dog to pass us. Especially if the other dog reacts by barking- then I might as well forget it because my guys almost go into cardiac arrest! I have seen some improvement with other animals and dogs that bark from their yard. Hopefully in time we will be able to actually walk past dogs on leash as well.

Mar 21, 2012
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Screaming Jack
by: MichaelL65

A question, is he fixed? That might have something to do with it. Anyway, my male Jack Russell is also 2, and displayed the same behaviour, and still does with certain dogs. (He actually bit into my arm once.) It just takes patience and consistency. I use a lot of positive reinforcement with him. I tell him NO, when he jumps up and screams, but the second he gets down, I heap on the praise and pet him and give him a treat. His behaviour is much improved compared to what it was before! Also, I use a harness and leash. With the harness, it has a kind of strap that acts as a handle, and it I have to I can pick him up and remove him from the situation.
Keep working with him, it will get better!

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