11-29-2014, 03:56 PM
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What level of aggression does she react with? Snapping, lunging, or actual bites? At what distance away? if your dog is drawing blood, or even making contact, I would recommend finding a behaviourist right away. They'll help you faster than your own research can.
There are ways to make this..less stressful. it doesn't necessarily go away completely. Most dogs, once they have issues with reacting strongly, never become 100% comfortable and confident around those situations. Building confident in other areas of their lives helps, and you can build confidence around dogs as well, but these situations need to be controlled. Off leash dogs running in Koda's face is one of my nightmares, and she has good bite inhibition when she's scared-she isn't actually doing damage yet. We avoid these situations at all costs-even if that means I pick up my 50 lb dog. Some people carry umbrellas to startle/scare the dog away, and there have been so many times where I wanted to yell and scream at the idiot who lets their dog race right up in her face rudely, but it's going to be YOU and YOUR dog that get the worst of it if something bad were to happen, whether fair or not. Your responsibility is toward keeping your own dog safe, and others around you. Just because they're sometimes suicidal doesn't mean you don't have your responsibility to keep everyone safe.
Akitas are known for not being very social with other dogs, I wouldn't anticipate her or even attempt to force her into play dates. They won't be fun for anyone.
You might want to check out Fight! By Jean Donaldson for some basic tips/understanding. It short, but very well written and has lots of useful advice. The stickies on reactivity are also helpful. If you feel like reading a novel/training diary, Koda has a progress thread you might find helpful since we've been through the exact same situation.
Mostly, we walk in BUSY traffic areas, which means no nature hikes :'( It keeps us away from off leash dogs, mostly. The few that are off leash are easier to avoid because it's so crowded that they stick with their humans. If we encounter a dog, we go the other way if she's not ready to handle it. Once you get some management under control the training comes into play-you'll want to read up on counter conditioning, and pavlov's theory. That only comes AFTER management. If you're still having incidents commonly, then that needs to be the first thing to change.