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Old 03-29-2013, 05:35 PM
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Aggressive towards other dogs

My 11 month old schnauzer is aggressive towards other dogs when I walk him. He didn't use to be but he got bit by a little pugle during puppy class when he was only like 4 months old and since then he doesn't like most other dogs. It wasn't too bad but lately his aggression has been growing. How can I fix this. I've noticed that it's usually with bigger dogs that he growls at and tries to bite. He hasn't bit another dog yet because I keep him on a short leash. I was thinking of taking him to a dog park to meet other dogs but I've been told by numerous people to avoid dog parks as they are an easy way to pick up diseases.
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First off try to identify what type of aggression your dog is displaying. I had a dog start reacting around 8 months and sought the help of a trainer with a background in animal behavior. She identified it as fear aggression and we developed a plan that incorporated building her confidence, recognizing triggers, and counter conditioning those triggers into positive experiences. It has been a long journey but so worth all the time and effort.
If there is such a trainer in your area, seek them out, it will be so worth having your dog being confortable around others.
I would not recommend a dog park for the simple fact that not all dogs there are good 'playmates' for a dog with issues. It make make your dog's issues worse by being in such and environment.
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First off try to identify what type of aggression your dog is displaying. I had a dog start reacting around 8 months and sought the help of a trainer with a background in animal behavior. She identified it as fear aggression and we developed a plan that incorporated building her confidence, recognizing triggers, and counter conditioning those triggers into positive experiences. It has been a long journey but so worth all the time and effort.
If there is such a trainer in your area, seek them out, it will be so worth having your dog being confortable around others.
I would not recommend a dog park for the simple fact that not all dogs there are good 'playmates' for a dog with issues. It make make your dog's issues worse by being in such and environment.
I'm looking for trainers now. I used the same trainer for puppy class and manners class but I'm not sure I liked her technique and she is relatively new to the training scene. I found a company called bark busters that I just e-mailed.
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I wouldn't recommend Bark Busters, I've heard to many iffy things about them. You want to find a trainer that uses positive methods only, any trainer that uses dominance based / punishment type methods RUN from. Alpha rolling, leash corrections and the like will at best suppress the behavior and at worse make the behavior worse. The pup will associate the corrections with being around other dogs and it will just confirm to him that other dogs cause bad things to happen.

I agree that figuring out why your pup dislikes other dogs will help with at least having him learn to tolerate them. Try getting your pup as close to other dogs as possible without him trying to attack them then play the look at that game. Get him to glance at the other dog then look back at you to get a treat.

Please avoid dog parks, a dog park is one of the worst places to take a dog that is showing dog aggression.
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I wouldn't recommend Bark Busters, I've heard to many iffy things about them. You want to find a trainer that uses positive methods only, any trainer that uses dominance based / punishment type methods RUN from. Alpha rolling, leash corrections and the like will at best suppress the behavior and at worse make the behavior worse. The pup will associate the corrections with being around other dogs and it will just confirm to him that other dogs cause bad things to happen.

I agree that figuring out why your pup dislikes other dogs will help with at least having him learn to tolerate them. Try getting your pup as close to other dogs as possible without him trying to attack them then play the look at that game. Get him to glance at the other dog then look back at you to get a treat.

Please avoid dog parks, a dog park is one of the worst places to take a dog that is showing dog aggression.
They're no good eh. There are some other trainers around here too. I have no idea who to choose.
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The trainer/behavorist I used had a free 1 hour consultation to talk with me about what my training goals were, met my dog, and discussed options prior to anything. I was so impressed that my timid dog was allowed to approach the trainer (45 minutes after we arrived and started talking) and the whole time my trainer observed her, made comments to me about what she was seeing, and discussed what would be part of the training plan.
Find someone who has valid credentials, not "I was trained by the big box store I work at" and who is willing to meet your dog/observe your dog before you commit to a training plan.
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The trainer/behavorist I used had a free 1 hour consultation to talk with me about what my training goals were, met my dog, and discussed options prior to anything. I was so impressed that my timid dog was allowed to approach the trainer (45 minutes after we arrived and started talking) and the whole time my trainer observed her, made comments to me about what she was seeing, and discussed what would be part of the training plan.
Find someone who has valid credentials, not "I was trained by the big box store I work at" and who is willing to meet your dog/observe your dog before you commit to a training plan.
A free consultation would be nice. Here are some trainers around here. Any thoughts on what one?

the one I did the pupp and manners class with
Karen Pryor Clicker Training Academy Certified

Regine's Dog Training

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Omega Dog Training - Owen Sound Pets & Animals - Kijiji Owen Sound Canada.

I'll e-mail them tomorrow
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They're no good eh. There are some other trainers around here too. I have no idea who to choose.

I was being lazy earlier and should have posted these for you:

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)

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Hopefully you can find someone to help one one or the other of the links.
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The home link is for The Certified Council of Pet Trainers.
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I was being lazy earlier and should have posted these for you:

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)

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Hopefully you can find someone to help one one or the other of the links.
nearest one is 127 kms away lol. I live in a relatively small town in Ontario, Canada
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