Post # 1
Hey Bees I need your advise. My first dog I got when she was a puppy 5 years ago. Six months ago we rescued a second dog who pound estimates to be around 3.5 years old. The problem is with the first dog…she appears to now be showing signs of aggression towards the 2nd dog. 1st dog was the sweetest and calmest dog until a about a month ago. Now she is showing signs of food aggression and resource aggression towards the 2nd dog. I have tried everything (training with proffessionals, research etc) and am now at a loss. Does any one have any suggestions they have tried with their dogs that work? Both dogs were taken to the vet recently for their check-ups and are in good health. They also go for nightly walks and to the dog park.
Post # 4
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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
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 # 6
Thanks for the responses, 1st dog growls and snaps at the 2nd dog. Few weeks ago it escalated into a full on dog fight. 1st dog snapped and started to bite the 2nd dog. 2nd dog in respone bit back and has a much stronger bite and 1st dog ended up with a puncture wound and needed antibiotics. I’m at a loss here because I have read Ceasar’s books, watched his shows and took both dogs to training. I would like to stop this problem before it becomes a regular occurance, I just don’t know what to do anymore.
Post # 7
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
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”!)