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How do i socialize and agressive dog ?

Brandy456
May 29th, 2009, 01:06 PM
Sparky, my year old Pomeranian is super agressive towards other dogs, and children.
I want to be able to socialize him with everyone but I just don't know how, help ?

bendyfoot
May 29th, 2009, 01:20 PM
It's probably something you don't want to try tackling without the guidance of a behaviourist/trainer, to be honest...I'd start by looking for a good one in your area with whom you can work.

Brandy456
May 29th, 2009, 04:04 PM
Yeah. We were going to bring him to a trainer but alot of the ones around here only train for tricks and commands. He knows all the sits', lay, let go, stop, stay, rollover. He doesn't need help with that and thats what alot of the trainers only do.

He's totally okay with Cats, and Bunnys.. it's just other dogs and children.
When we have company we'll have to put his muzzle on him but I just wish he'd just, be nice.

Masha
May 29th, 2009, 04:46 PM
try looking for a behaviourist... its more like 'training the human' how to 'behave appropriately' with our dogs :)

after all, you or the trainer can teach your dog how to do something, but if your dog doesn't respect/listen to you.. what use is it that the trainer taught him that command... i worked both with a trainer and with a behaviourist and hands down, my experience with the behaviourist was great.

good luck and remember there is no easy fix -- its all about commitment

LavenderRott
May 29th, 2009, 04:53 PM
I have a pom with issues. Can you describe your pom's aggression?

Rusty comes off like a killer maniac when he sees new dogs and people. While it sounds (and looks) like he really wants to kill someone, once he gets close enough to smell and meet, he is fine.

SnowDancer
May 29th, 2009, 11:42 PM
My 5 year old American Eskimo (cousin to the Pom) is much like LavenderRott's Pom - mainly with people and dogs on our street. In controlled environments such as at his Thurs. daycare where he goes for socialization, he knows the dogs, they know him (and his sexy tail) and he understands his place in the pack. My guy knows all his commands, he is very smart and stubborn and has had private lessons with a top behaviourist -unfortunately my husband will not cooperate so our pup listens more to me than to him which of course does not help. He is always especially bad on Mondays after spending the weekend with Daddy home. He met his human cousin for the first time the other day. We picked her up at the subway - I had cookies in my pocket. I got out of the car with our Eskie and my niece got in the back seat (no dog hair), I handed her the cookies and then I put our guy back into the car and she gave him cookies. Otherwise he wouldn't have let her in - protecting his turf. There are just the 2 of us and our dog and since we don't have family etc. he doesn't see too many people - and most of the people he does know are women - he is surrounded by women and Daddy - so sometimes he is better with women - and well he is a boy - and actually has started lifting his leg - at age 5. Go figure. He has mellowed a little bit with age, although Poms and Eskies are puppies until the end.