How do I break my dog fr being agresive toward other dogs?

How do I break my dog fr being agresive toward other dogs?

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Jana Rade
5 years ago

Ideal way is to find a good behavior modification trainer/class in your area. The goal of such training is to re-program the way dog feels about the trigger (other dogs in this case). Changing the feelings is the best way to change a behavior. The theory behind this is pretty straightforward. The actual application depends on complete control of the environment. A good trainer/class will provide guidance as well as controlled environment, decoy dogs etc. Something like this require a bunch of resources to do it successfully.

Jana Rade
5 years ago

Laura, it’s quite interesting, actually, because our experience with a veterinary behaviorist was highly negative – it was a total waste of money; just completely pathetic. Of course, there are individual differences in every profession.

Working with a (GOOD) behavior modification trainer was so much more beneficial. Like day and night. (Note I said behavior modification, not obedience. Not the same things at all)

I do agree with the physical evaluation. Somehow this struck me as chronic issue; not sure what made me make that assumption.

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Anonymous
5 years ago

is this a recent change in behavior, or has your dog always been dog-aggressive?

i would look for a veterinary behaviorist, NOT an obedience trainer.  start here: http://www.dacvb.org/about/member-directory/

i’d also make sure your dog is in good health.  sometimes hidden problems can cause apparent aggression issues.

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Anonymous
5 years ago

the problem is so many “trainers” are not the sort of person i’d want this dog seeing, you know? a good behaviorist is the best start i can think of, especially not knowing the individual situation OR the types of trainers in the Tampa area.

Brian Downie
5 years ago

All good suggestions.  I would add in the meantime that caution and prevention on your part is imperative.  Should your dog injure another animal or person he/she will be taken away from you by Animal Control and held for a ‘hearing’ with worse case scenario being put down and best case being labled as a ‘dangerous dog.’  If you take your dog out of the house for any reason, be sure to use an appropriate harness and a muzzle.  Muzzles have a bad rap but it is to protect your precious pup as well as others.  They sell many different… Read more »