Dog Aggression

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Dog Aggression

Postby farmchic » Sat Jun 19, 2010 2:33 pm

I have a 19 month old heading dog who is really well behaved, with the exception that when she meets a new dog, she jumps on it agressively. She knows she's not the alpha and she's fine (and can be really submissive, i.e rolling over licking her mouth when she's playing with a particularly boisterous dog) with our 14 dogs at home. I think it's more fear/being unsure of what to do rather than dominance, maybe something to do with being socialised lots with the same dogs and never meeting new ones so not knowing quite what to do? She was the runt of the litter so is quite a feisty little thing anyway and I meet someone who has a dog of the same breeding and he said she's a bit dog agressive too. Anyway I want to be able to take her to dog trials etc as she's got really good breeding, but probably won't be able to while she's like this, any tips on getting her over it?
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Re: Dog Aggression

Postby Teddy » Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:25 am

its probably more likely the build up to the meeting rather than the background or upbringing... its getting worked up just before meeting new dogs... best to watch the lead up and work out the signals which are making it react like this... fixation, aniexity ... a well balanced dog will ignore the situation and not react to another dog... letting you do the socialisation.... dont let your dog just meet another dog, probably more control over the meetings... could be worth doing some training with your current dogs in different sitations that are foreign.. you might find if you take your dog out on the street and it meets one of the others it already knows it reacts the same way

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Re: Dog Aggression

Postby farmchic » Mon Jun 21, 2010 5:47 pm

Yeah-she's fine with other dogs at a distance but as soon as they get in her personel 'bubble' she freaks. I think I might have to start watching the build up though. It's just because we live on a farm, she only ever meets new dogs when she's in a complete new place and usually when there's heaps of new dogs round her. I'm trying to get her so she trusts me completely to keep her safe etc when she's not sure what to do-like teaching her new things that if she listens to me are completely fine-riding on new vehicles etc-not sure if that will help or not but hopefully if she's more confident in me it will.

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Re: Dog Aggression

Postby Teddy » Fri Jul 16, 2010 2:38 pm

I thought you were wanting to train dogs ;) you should be telling us how to train lol

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Re: Dog Aggression

Postby farmchic » Fri Jul 16, 2010 6:37 pm

Lol well that's once I've learnt how to do it too ;)
Haven't had much experience with aggression lol

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Re: Dog Aggression

Postby johnbaymore » Sun Sep 12, 2010 2:01 am

About your dog case, this kind of aggression is actually a normal thing when they get excited to see other dogs. He is probably very eager to show his affection. Probably also that he is attracted to the other dog.
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Re: Dog Aggression

Postby Teddy » Fri Sep 17, 2010 3:56 pm

Yeah you are right, the word aggression might be the wrong one to use... but definitly the energy is heightened whch can build up ... i think the only way to get a dog to trust you is to be consistant ....


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