(Closed) Dog aggression-HELP PLEASE

posted 9 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

This seems to be something that happens really often when a new dog comes around. Is she being physically aggressive by biting, attacking, etc. or is she just growling? 

Our dog really likes his space when it comes to other dogs, and our puppy sometimes wants to try to cuddle with him – if Cullen is sleeping and Ranger touches him at ALL, Cullen will growl and move away. Technically I guess that would be called aggression, but he’s really just telling Ranger he needs his space, and sometimes that’s okay. So if your dog is just being vocal about wanting to be left alone, I feel like that’s not necessarily a problem – if she’s being physical, that’s where it starts to be a bad thing! 

The only advice I can think of, and it’s something that’s worked wonders with us for pretty much every behavior we want to eliminate, is to have a “no” signal for your dog, rather than just saying the word “No”. Our dogs hear the word “no” so much that they get desensitized to it, so for example, with our dogs, if they are doing something they shouldn’t, we make a really loud sound that startles them (can’t figure out how to type it, but it’s basically “Eh eh eh” really loudly…does that make sense?) and when they hear that sound they immediately back off. Maybe if you establish a “no” signal for your dog, you can use that when she is aggressive and she will learn that it’s something she isn’t supposed to do.

Post # 5
3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i now use the ceasar (tsk) sound with mine when we first got a second dog. now they love eachother and even cuddle and sleep together. but at first she was not a happy camper. she growled and would get up in the puppies face… now dont get me wrong they still fight over toys and stuff…. but no gnarly growls or raised hair or anything… most times they are just playin….

Post # 7
995 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m sorry but I don’t really have any advice for you. Ceasar’s always stressing exercise. Can you maybe take them for a good long walk in the morning as well? I hope everything works out for you. Thats a really tough situation.

Post # 8
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Great advice, Cardigan –I second it!  We were told the same things by dog trainers and animal behavior experts re: correcting & a no signal.  (Our dogs are “twins” and normally fine with each other, but OTHER dogs and sometimes people…”eh, eh, eh”!)

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