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Q: Aggression toward other dogs?

November 4, 2008 | By Ann T. | 6 answers | Expired: 2131 days ago

Ann T.

How do I get control of this? I adopted this dog 2 weeks ago from the shelter and she is ferocious when she sees another dog. Barking, hackles raised, lunging and pulling on the leash. My neighbor is afraid of her and told me this morning that I had a vicious dog. We went to an intro to Obedience class last night and there were other dogs there. She was tense, but did ok. No barking or anything remotely vicious. We've even had a few - FEW - other encounters with dogs that were ok. So, is there hope? This is my first dog - 6-mo old Jack Russell Pug mix - am I in over my head? Can this be cured? I know - socialize, socialize, socialize. But HOW if she's a snarling mess whenever she's near another dog???

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Jenna P.
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Nov 04, 2008

One thing to ask? Think of when your new pet gets worked up. Are you tense too? Dogs can sense your emotions. Posssibly when you first encountered another dog you were unsure and got nervous. If you blood pressure elevates so will your dog. One thing that is critical is keep them socalized. If you think that avoiding other dogs will cure it. It will only make it worse! Try simply being the pack leader andd showing/ telling him that that behavior is unacceptable. When he gets mad give him a leash correction and sternly tell him no. Then walk away from the cituation. Teach him that when his behavior is bad he is removed from the cituation. Remember that you must remain calm and dominant. Be the alpha!

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Nov 04, 2008

You need to contact a dog trainer who has worked with aggression before. It sounds like fear aggression. Aggression is progressive and will get worse if the problem isn't fixed. Taking him out and having him around other dogs is making the behavior worse. Every time he explodes in a barking lunging mess he reinforces this behavior. I am not saying that you should keep him away from other dogs. You need to teach him to remain calm with other dogs around. For that training you need a private trainer. A group class isn't good either. This will cause stress in the dog and he could really hurt another dog(I wouldnt allow him in one of my classes). He needs one on one training to help him change this behavior. This behavior will take some time to get over as you need to teach him to trust other dogs. Improper socialization at this point will make the behavior worse. Contact a dog trainer (who doesn;t use shock collars-he's scared enough as it is) who has worked with fear aggression. Best of luck.

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Jai H.
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Nov 05, 2008

I have an aggression issue with my dog too. It started after he got attacked by another dog. He started growling and lunging at other dogs during our walks. (before the attack he would actually play with other dogs). I went to a trainer that specializes in behavior issues. She has taught me a lot and we continue to work on him not going after dogs. He has gotten much better and at times we totally enjoy our walks. But it is up to me to be disiplined to work on it everyday. I definately would recommend to get with a personal trainer.

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