(Closed) Dog frustration

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
112 posts
Blushing bee

Did anything change in the household around the time the new behavior started? When did you get the puppy? Usually this kind of drastic shift is due to an environmental change, or a change in the people that the dog is around (if you’ve solidly ruled out a medical issue, anyway). 

Post # 3
9773 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

How much exercise does he get? Has anything else changed? Are they both spayed/neutered?

I’d get a second opinion.

Post # 4
152 posts
Blushing bee

Possibly growing pains from adding another dog to your household. It sounds like you’ve fostered short term with this dog, so he was probably really accepting of the puppy at first, right? But once it became obvious the new puppy wasn’t going anywhere he started acting out.

Honestly, some dogs need to be the only dog in a household. Do you have a freind or family member who could take the younger dog for a few weeks to see if the behavior subsides? Obviously, it’s not a long term solution, but if it is the cause, you’ll need to take a serious look at keeping both dogs.

Post # 5
32 posts

What kinds of training methods did the trainer suggest? I know strictly positive reinforcement is very popular here on the bee, but if the training isn’t working, it may be time to seek a trainer who believes in a balanced training philosophy. It sounds like your older dog is not understanding “no” and the appropriate limits inside and outside of the home. I’d recommend finding a new trainer asap.

Also, I’d start muzzle training your dog so that you can still walk him, giving him the exercise he needs, without the risk of injuring a bystander or redirecting on you. While property destruction can land you an eviction, a bite can lead to euthanasia real quick depending on the victim. 

Managing a reactive dog is so stressful. Best of luck to you. It sounds like you’ve been giving 110% and working so hard. You may just need to work differently to see the results you want. 

Post # 7
253 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Try an adaptil collar, it’s worked wonders on my antsy terrier. The collar emits the same pheromones a mama dog does when she has puppies and is scientifically proven to help relax anxious dogs. It was recommended to me by our dog trainer and we’ve definitely seen a noticable different. They’re relatively cheap on amazon or chewy.com

Post # 8
384 posts
Helper bee

I saw this and wanted to chime in. We have two dogs as well, our girl is an adopted dutch shepherd mix and is about a year and 1/2. Our boy is a german shepherd mix and just turned 10 months. Right around a year old, our girl began getting reactive towards other dogs. At first it was just when she was on leash and then it escalated to even other dogs coming over to play or at the dog park. Then for a few weeks she would literally “go off” on our boy while at home. We consulted with a trainer, but he told us we may want to consider rehoming. 

What we figured out is that she is sensitive on how she is approached. She does not like other dogs initiating the hello or sniffing her first. So we worked for a few months and she’s definitely at a normal level now. Our girl never turned aggressive to people, so I can’t chime in on that.

But we trained our girl by working with her one-on-one. Walks by herself, trips to dog friendly stores alone, etc. Every time she started to react, I’d walk the opposite direction and ask her to come and then give big rewards when she did as asked. Then we began saying “go say hi” to greet another dog. Giving her this command seems to let her know that I am in control of the situation and she doesn’t have to be anxious. She still doesn’t like it if other dogs set their head on her body or stand tall over her, but she’s 65lbs and fairly tall so this doesn’t happen too often. She is still crated during the day as we have cats but I would absolutely trust her and will leave her out for trips to the grocery store.

Any time you notice him starting to get anxious, take control. He may be needing guidance on the situation and since he’s not getting information from you, he’s lashing out. Also get him into something where he can let off steam. Our girl loves dock diving so we take her to a certain dog park with a lake. A tired pup is a good pup! And even if you don’t have time for that, stimulate his brain. Puzzle toys are great. So is hide and seek for rainy days. We also make barricades in the hallway and make her jump. She’s a completely different dog after all this training and while we still have to keep up on it, the results are well worth the trouble. 

Hope you find something that helps!

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