(Closed) Tips for dogs that are aggressive with other dogs?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 17
7 posts

I am glad the class seems to be working well for you. There have also been some very good posts in this thread. I will add my post from a different thread here about leash reactivity:

It sounds like your dog is leash reactive. This is a fairly common problem. In order to teach your dog to be calm around the stimuli that make him uncomfortable, you start at a distance the dog is comfortable with, and treat for being calm. Slowly decrease this distance, and reward for calm behavior. If the dog reacts, you have gone too fast. Back up and start over from the last point the dog was calm. When out on walks, you will need to be proactive. If you see something that you know will trigger him (other dog, specific people) keep an eye on his behavior, and if you notice your dog start to get uncomfortable, put enough distance between yourself and the trigger that your dog calms down. If you ever get into a situation where your dog is reactiing, WALK AWAY FROM THE TRIGGER. Don’t just stand there with your lunging dog trying to get his attention, he is in a hyped up state and will not pay attention to you at this point. Your goal is to keep him from getting in this state at all.  It would also be helpful for you to work on his general obedience, such as sit and “look at me” so that you can teach your dog to focus more on you.

I also reccommend looking up youtube videos by Dr. Sophia Yin. She has some fabulously helpful videos about leash reactivity in dogs.

Keep up the good work! ๐Ÿ™‚


Post # 18
7288 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@oracle:  Awesome!!! Glad the class went well ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy the ride !!!

Post # 19
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@oracle:  I’m so glad it went well! Keep up the good work!! Cheese is a really high value for our dog!

Post # 21
3218 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Do you have a harness leash?  It might give you a little better control.

I think it’s good to keep exposing her to some of the scary houses– you have to keep her in line but also make it apparent that she’s just going to have to learn to deal.   I think I remember you saying she loves high-value treats like hotdogs, can you start feeding her hotdogs before you get to a bad-house and keep feeding her as you walk by it? I think eventually she should get accustomed to dogs barking, though I can understand if sometimes you just need a break and want to go on a quiet walk!

We use regular dog food as “treats” for walks with our lab.  He pulls but will stay close if I have a handful of dogfood by my side and periodically let him grab one as we are walking.  I use dogfood because we go through a lot of treats during these walks, so it counts as more of part-of-dinner than treats? 

Post # 23
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@oracle:  You need to get a treat bag! We bought a basic and cheap one from petco that has a clip to go on the waist of your pants. They also make fancier ones with extra pockets for keys and such. 

I’m glad its going so well! Our dog also remembers where she encounters dogs and goes on alert as we approach. When there is no dog there and she goes on alert, I make sure to make her sit and give her treats for doing so.

A couple of sessions with a trainer at home seems like it will defintely put you on the right path. So happy to hear that it’s going well!

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