- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
Hi! Hope someone can give me some advice. We are thinking about going to a trainer if we can’t solve the problem ourselves, but I’m hoping that we can figure something out…
Our dog Max is a Maltese/Yorkie mix. He’s one and a half, and is the most playful and loving dog. He loves people and everyone in our neighborhood really loves him back. He’s mostly very well-behaved, and enjoys playing with the many dogs that FI and I run into while walking him.
However, for the past few months, Max has gotten aggressive when other dogs jump up on my FI and I while we are walking him. He’s fine playing with the dogs on the leash, but when the other dogs show us attention by jumping on us, Max growls an awful growl and tries to lunge at the other dog. He’s on a leash, so we usually just pull him away, but this has to stop. I guess it stems from him growing out of his puppy phase; it seems like he’s just trying to “protect” us (he usually only lunges at other boys). That being said, it’s embarrassing, and I worry that (despite his teeny tiny size), he might hurt another dog by nipping or even biting – or get himself hurt by lunging at a much bigger dog. I’m also concerned about how he’d act if he was with these dogs off-leash. He is fine with girls off leash, but I’m afraid to bring him around the dogs he used to play with because I’m afraid to see how he will react. How can we teach him to not lunge/not feel threatened when another dogs jumps and tries to play with us? Any advice is appreciated!