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Q: How can I get my dog to have better social skills??

October 13, 2008 | By Bbrodman | 7 answers | Expired: 2243 days ago

Bbrodman

She does not like other dogs, primarily females if we happen to be outside, and she sees someone walking by with their dogs, We can hang on for dear life, she will charge after them and it makes it very tense!

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Jessica P.
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Oct 15, 2008

I agree consult a professional trainer, IF you have a good educated one in your area.
Your energy is important in these situations...if you tense up when you see a dog, your dog learns that that other dog is a danger...stay calm, and in control, and walk/run the opposite direction FAST (Not in fear ,but to "snap" your dog out of an obsessive trait). Or if you have friends with dogs, have them walk around and by you while you distract your dog with a favorite toy or treat (a really special treat she loves, but doesn't often get). Have then start off VERY far away, when your dog remains calm PRAISE PRAISE PRAISE. (Oh and make sure your dog has had ALOT of exercise before hand). After lots of trials, have your friends get closer and closer, will take days if not months...But PRAISE is a key along with staying calm....If you can find a good professional trainer (ask about their education and experiance....both count) then it is best to have them work with your dog....if not stay calm do some research and ALWAYS ALWAYS have your dog on a good collar and leash.

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stacy b.
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Oct 14, 2008

watch the dog whispper

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Sarah  W.
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Oct 13, 2008

Is she spayed? if not get it done! Second consult a dog trainer.

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Sandy F.
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Oct 13, 2008

Is she spayed? Sometimes that will help. Also, are there some dogs she does get a long with? does she have any doggie friends? If so, then the situation is not hopeless. How is she meeting the other dogs? They should sniff first so she should meet their butts before their heads. A head to head confrontation is never going to be good.

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Ready4friday
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Oct 13, 2008

Tough problem, I can sympathize. I would recommend seeking out a good professional dog trainer or dog behaviorist, as unfortunately this can quickly escalate into a dangerous situation. It's important that your dog understands that you are the leader and that she is safe, she's to look to you for guidance instead of becoming defensive or protective. By leader, I'm not referring to yelling or punishing or fear, but by being confident and in control. Having dealt with dogs similar, you need to address the issue as soon as she begins to fixate or look at another dog, not after she's wound into a full on pulling match/barking/lunging, etc - once her mind goes there, you're screwed as she is no longer thinking, she's just reacting.

Personally, I feel as if Cesar Millan does great work with this sort of issue, I highly recommend looking into his work, but I would also look for help from a local pro. With a local pro you can set up situations to help her address these issues while still maintaining control of the situation, that way you can guarantee success walking past other dogs before meeting strangers on the street.

Good luck, I can only give you my input based on very little information, but I will say I've seen some dogs with rather aggressive behavior quickly adapt with proper guidance... so there's hope!

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daryl b.
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Oct 13, 2008

i am not sure that there is anything you can do about a dog agressive dog except talk to them and try to see the other dog comming before she does. you could possible try school. there are some that don't charge but you canhand them something at the end. i really liked school and wwas so proud of the progress they made good luck

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S H.
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Oct 13, 2008

i think socialization should start from when they are puppies and since she is older now that makes it harder. i would take her to an obedience class first of all, i would also try taking along her favorite toy on walks and when she becomes aggressive towards a passing dog try to distract her with the toy and then reward her. i dont know much about the pit bull breed in particular, but i also think if she is not fixed having her spayed could help, and i am also guessing she is being protective of you or whomever in the family is walking her, somehow she needs to be taught these other animals are not a threat, good luck

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