June 2nd, 2004, 02:20 PM
I need some pointers as to curb dog agression in my dog. He is a male neutered Poodle X, about one year. He hasn't had this problem before, but it seems to be different when he's on leash because it is really bad then, and when he's off leash he's usualy good.
Today he tried to attack two really big dogs. They were comming at him in a friendly way, and usualy he loves to see both of them, but today he started pulling, snarling, lunging, and barking at them. Why is he doing this, and how do I stop it? I've tried every way and it isn't getting better. :(
June 2nd, 2004, 02:24 PM
Spoiled, I'm sorry that I can't help. There was a lady in my building that had similar problems (Poor Goldie thread). I really hope someone can help you with this, but I'm sure you'd never go the route that this lady did!! Good Luck!
June 2nd, 2004, 02:28 PM
Spoiled,what have you tried doing in this situation?
June 2nd, 2004, 02:31 PM
Here are some of the things I've been doing:
I've taken him to the side and told him to sit until they've gone by.
I've walked him by on the other side of me so he can remain calm.
I've distracted him with treats when I see another person comeing.
June 2nd, 2004, 03:04 PM
Is it always the same dogs or can it be any dogs?
June 2nd, 2004, 03:06 PM
Any dogs that he doesn't know. He is fine with the dog friends that he sees regularily.
June 2nd, 2004, 03:13 PM
Okay well it sounds to me like he's again playing leader of the pack with you.
When you 'see' a dog approach you make him sit stay until they go by. You must give him a command and make him keep it. After they go by, you continue on your way.
After doing this several times, speak to the dog owner from a distance ask if the two dogs can meet but not so they can touch one another.
The meet should keep them 4 to 6 feet apart. You instruct him to sit again.
He won't like it at first.
Just let them see one another smell one another from a distance. This should be done for only 15 to 20 seconds.
You then turn and go the other way.
Keep this up a few times, then let him get a little closer. If he goes to lunge. You pull him back, it's too soon and begin the same thing all over again.
In time he 'should' begin to realize that he doesn't have to protect you, that you are in control and he has no need to lash out.
Eventually you will or should be able to let them get close enough to sniff. BUT for the first time let Bentley only do it for about 10 seconds then walk off.
I hope this helps, persistence is the key and use someone who knows how to control their dog.
June 4th, 2004, 09:50 AM
I found a new method. I have a choke chain that I use for him that works really well. I put it high up on his neck.
The problem with letting dogs sniff each other from a distance is that nobody knows how to control their dogs. A lady with a yellow lab got dragged down the hill as the dog was trying to see Bentley. Other dogs lunge at the leashes and it is all the owner can do to stay in one spot.