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Old 07-18-2018, 10:02 AM
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Aggressive behavior ???

My 1 year old german Shepherd/rottie mix has recently started showing some aggression after he was attacked by another dog. Is that normal after being attacked for them to change? He wasn’t hurt or anything but I think it’s made him more on guard. This dog lives in the same house and they have gotten into a few times and I figured it was a territory issue and now he has learned to stand up for himself.

It’s been a few months since anything has happened. I took him to the park the other day and there was a husky there growling and showing teeth at other dogs because of a ball and that dog walked up to mine and they got into. No one was hurt but it took me by surprise because he has never fought with a dog outside of the house, ever.

Would using one of those training vibrate/shock collars help correct his behavior? I have spoken with a trainer and they evaluated my dog but said he didn’t seem aggressive at all especially around the other dogs, it’s just little things that set him off and it’s not every dog he meets just certain ones. I still plan on sending him to a trainer to work with him once I save up the money but I could use some suggestions on what I can do with him now.
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Yeah, dogs can learn to be aggressive towards other dogs after an attack. Its worth remembering too that he's at that age where his natural inborn aggression would start showing anyway. You're going to need to manage him for awhile while you work on it. Considering what happened, it would probably be smart to start researching " reactivity " as a starting point. Even if he's not an all around " reactive " dog the principles of how to work on it should be about the same. You're gonna want to get a handle on it now before it gets worse.
No, dont use an ecollar- liable to make things worse. Too much to go wrong if you dont know what youre doing. Finding a trainer experienced with stronger willed breeds is probably your best bet. For shepherds at least the reactivity is pretty common, so a trainer experienced with these breeds should have seen this before and should be able to give you a plan of action.
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Ime... Yeah, once two dogs living in the same home fight, future fights become more and more likely with each incident. Your dog is also hitting maturity and tolerance of other dogs can change at this time. I would have a certified trainer/behavior consultant/behaviorist assess in home if possible/not already done (I know you had a trainer assess but I'm not sure on their qualifications or where the assessment tok place).

Regarding the incident at the dog park, tbt it sounds like it was a fight just waiting to happen. While the other owner should have grabbed his dog and left immediately when his dog started guarding the ball (or at least removed the ball), unfortunately he/she didn't for whatever reason. In the future if you see similar guarding behavior or any other behaviors you are concerned about at the park, I highly recommend getting your dog out of there. It's not worth the risk.

No, I wouldn't use an e-collar or any other aversive training tool. I also would caution you about sending your dog to a board and train program.

Instead, I suggest finding qualified pro to help you in person.

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