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Old 05-31-2018, 11:33 AM
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Dog Suddenly Agressive?!

My dog, Huey, was rescued from a shelter by us when he was 2 months old. He’s always been very sweet and loving and we took him to several training classes and he listens pretty well. He’s a boxer-hound mix who was taken out of a horders home when he was a baby and the shelter he was at was very nice, so he’s never been abused. However, today I caught him sneaking some food off the table when I walked out of the room temporarily and I said “no, go to your cage, that’s bad boy behavior” like I usually do however, this time he did not go and he started to growl at me. I tried to corral him towards his cage but he ran upstairs and jumped on my bed. I told him to get down and he wouldn’t so I attempted to grab his collar to direct him off my bed and he got very aggressive and lashed out at me. He then ran into his cage and when I went to shut the cage door he started growling and barking at me?! I do not hit my dog as punishment and we have always used his cage as a “time out” of sorts when he’s been naughty but I don’t understand why today he got so aggressive?! Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 06-07-2018, 06:32 AM
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How old is he now? If he's still young, he may be testing his boundaries. Meaning, dogs go through stages of teenage years and young adult. During those times, they can test you. If you are firm and consistent, he will learn that's not acceptable behavior. If he's older, then I think a vet visit would be a good idea. Sometimes if there's an underling health condition, their attitude can change. Good Luck!
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Did he recent'y have a rabies vaccine? A reaction to that can cause a dog to suddenly become aggressive. If that's the case, get him to a vet for treatment. He needs to be detoxified.
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