Post # 1
Bees, I’m not sure where to begin. My dog has become aggressive all of the sudden. She’s just over a year old. We’ve had her since February. She’s very stubborn, training is difficult. she was always a barker, but it never lasted long. And we have an aircan that makes her stop.
Well, this week stuff got weird. She snapped at my father the other day( she’s never snapped at anyone she loves all people. Seriously. Even babies just last week she was playing with one). And then today while I was walking her she snapped her leash and went after a pit bull a block away. She didn’t attack but it looked like she was trying to establish dominance. Oh btw she’s 20 pounds And has separation anxiety. I had to haull ass to get her away from the dog. Luckily, the other owner had a non aggressive dog. But it was hectic. I have never had to deal with any of this. Ever.
I have no idea what to do. Any advice?
ETA: I shouldn’t stay she’s stubborn with training. She’s very smart and catches on Fast. She has the attention span of a fruit fly so she looses focus very very easily.
Post # 3
Usually dominance doesn’t take place outside of the home. This could be territory aggression or perhaps she’s being overprotective of you?
I’d talk to a trainer about aggression, it’s usually something that can be fixed. If it’s that she is overprotective, you’ll need to change the social hierarchy and assert yourself as the alpha.
Post # 4
She’s probably not feeling well. You should get her to the vet ASAP.
Post # 5
I’d seek a professional trainer to nip this in the bud before it gets worse!
Post # 6
Can you bring her to a dog training/socialization class?
I think that would seriously help!
Post # 7
When a dog exibits sudden changes in behavior, the first thing you want to do is take him/her to the vet. Dogs tell us something is wrong by acting different than usual. Make an appointment ASAP. If your dog gets the all clear from the vet, your next step is definitely to contact a trainer. I’m not sure what kind of dog it is, but there is a thing called “small dog syndrome” that small dogs often get when not given the proper leadership and are allowed to become the boss. I have always found it best to talk to a professional who can show me exactly what to do, and exactly what not to do. Of course, training is essential to having a happy and safe dog, so you should contact a trainer anyway just to get the basics at the least, but make sure there are no health reasons causing this change. Good luck!
Post # 8
i know she needs socialization. She’s only been around 4 dogs. However, she does not bark or anything at them when everyone is inside, in fact she’s playful. It’s only when she Is outside does she bark excessively. From inside the home she usually barks at squirrels or birds.
I need to talk to DH about a trainer. Our other issue is that he allows her to do whatever. And I’m tired of it.