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Old 01-22-2013, 06:23 AM
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My 6 month old puppy gets aggressive towards bigger breed puppies

Yeah jed my 6 month old Border Terrier puppy goes aggressive if the bigger breed puppies want to play with he does not like to be dominated he never does it with smaller breeds just big breed playful dogs he goes into one what shall I do as he bites them and shows them his teeth I have to get him off the other dog i have to keep him on leash as I do not trust letting him off yet unless he's with a dog I know he will play with then he will come back I do not want him to be like this he's due to be getting castrated next Wednesday I just would like to know how I can do to snap him out of this behaviour as the other puppies stand on him and he feels threaten by it the owners well they never seem to keep an eye on there puppies so jed has like no way but to bite hard please help
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First thing to realize is that the aggressiveness comes from your pup being a bit afraid of and intimidated by these larger dogs. So if you understand that, then you can realize that any punishments or negatives you add to his world for his behaviors, will only increase his discomfort and fear.

So what I would do, is to not put him in a situation where he has to deal with these bigger dogs. Don't let him loose at the dog park with them.

Instead, make sure your pup is getting to play with other dogs he likes, in a controlled environment, perhaps just one or two playmates at a time, and for short periods so no one gets over tired and grouchy.

This is a time in his life when you want him to have Positive experiences with other dogs, so he does not become fearful (or in his case, more fearful). So you want to just plan those social events. Quality over quantity is your motto!

And certainly don't scold the puppy when he gets fearful-aggressive. It will make his behaviors much worse. Just gently remove him from the situation, and plan to prevent it next time.
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Another thing to know is that intact male adolescent puppies get a lot of flack from other dogs, that is other dogs tend to be hard on them. So neutering will help your dog because he won't have that same scent that tends to bring out the hostility in other dogs.
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Thanks it's powerful breeds he met a 5 month old Rotty and he was ok I still was very careful as he meets lots of big dogs its puppies he goes funny with only some boxers used to be a problem but he's gotten over that it's only if they play too rough with him he does not like it other than that he's fine he plays with other Borders mostly and a greyhound and he's fine I think he loves the chase games not the rough play fighting older dogs he seems to get along with I will take that into an account but he's not scared as he charges at the bigger breeds first and asks questions later he does need to be told in the most nicest of ways tho by another puppy I'll list the breeds he's goes mental on 1. Visslers 2.flat coated retrevers,3.Rotwillers 4. German shepherds 5. Rhodestion ridge backs 6. Border coilles. He will play with theses types of breeds if they are 2 of age and are very well behaved i'm hopeing him getting castrated will help I've been told its sometimes the body langue some dogs give off and the sent he try's to think he can domant them but thank you again
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Thanks it's powerful breeds he met a 5 month old Rotty and he was ok I still was very careful as he meets lots of big dogs its puppies he goes funny with only some boxers used to be a problem but he's gotten over that it's only if they play too rough with him he does not like it other than that he's fine he plays with other Borders mostly and a greyhound and he's fine I think he loves the chase games not the rough play fighting older dogs he seems to get along with I will take that into an account but he's not scared as he charges at the bigger breeds first and asks questions later he does need to be told in the most nicest of ways tho by another puppy I'll list the breeds he's goes mental on 1. Visslers 2.flat coated retrevers,3.Rotwillers 4. German shepherds 5. Rhodestion ridge backs 6. Border coilles. He will play with theses types of breeds if they are 2 of age and are very well behaved i'm hopeing him getting castrated will help I've been told its sometimes the body langue some dogs give off and the sent he try's to think he can domant them but thank you again

I have to disagree with you, and agree with Tess. Your pup is scared of those bigger pups that play aggressively. When a dog or pup is scared they have a flight or fight response and yours is choosing fight. He may know that he cannot outrun the bigger pups so he feels the need to fight.

I'd also advise you to stop thinking of aggressive behavior in terms of dominance. The dominance theory is outdated and has been debunked, it is the product of faulty science, you can read this sticky https://www.dogforum.com/dog-training...nce-dogs-4076/ to see what I mean. Instead try to figure out why the dog is acting aggressive, is it fearful, resource guarding, has leash / barrier frustration. Once you figure out why it's aggressing you can work to counter the behavior. In the case of your pup being fearful of bigger, rough playing, pups avoiding them would be the easiest thing to do.
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Are you certain the big dogs are playing nice? I have seen bigger dogs do some sneaky stuff to young dogs...humping, circling, putting their mouth over their heads. You probably need to stick with dogs you know in a more controlled environment.

I think the neutering will help both with your pup's attitude and the other dog's attraction to being rough with your pup. Mine settled down a lot since neutering but if he feels threatened he'll be vocal about it. Several times I have felt he was warranted but sometimes I'm like "what is your deal, man???"
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Are you certain the big dogs are playing nice? I have seen bigger dogs do some sneaky stuff to young dogs...humping, circling, putting their mouth over their heads. You probably need to stick with dogs you know in a more controlled environment.

I think the neutering will help both with your pup's attitude and the other dog's attraction to being rough with your pup. Mine settled down a lot since neutering but if he feels threatened he'll be vocal about it. Several times I have felt he was warranted but sometimes I'm like "what is your deal, man???"
maybe they are not owners i've met have no control on there pups so i'm like hello control your dog it bounds up too him jed does sniff them and is nice to them then the other dog like trys to control the play jed will play for a bit with them then he will just get very grumpy i will stick to dogs i know i think its also a terrier thing lots of people have tolded me lots of terriers don't like big dogs over towering them you see the trainner i went to get jed used to lots of puppies kepted on picking jed up because he wanted to play all the time so he missed out of on playing somtimes and the other puppy jed was playing with was just being just as playful and did not get a time out
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First thing to realize is that the aggressiveness comes from your pup being a bit afraid of and intimidated by these larger dogs. So if you understand that, then you can realize that any punishments or negatives you add to his world for his behaviors, will only increase his discomfort and fear.

So what I would do, is to not put him in a situation where he has to deal with these bigger dogs. Don't let him loose at the dog park with them.

Instead, make sure your pup is getting to play with other dogs he likes, in a controlled environment, perhaps just one or two playmates at a time, and for short periods so no one gets over tired and grouchy.

This is a time in his life when you want him to have Positive experiences with other dogs, so he does not become fearful (or in his case, more fearful). So you want to just plan those social events. Quality over quantity is your motto!

And certainly don't scold the puppy when he gets fearful-aggressive. It will make his behaviors much worse. Just gently remove him from the situation, and plan to prevent it next time.
he gets bored with play and grouchy its only on his terms if he wants to play he does get very tired i think i also think hes bored being on the lead i do not trust him because Borders are bad at coming back well i'm getting him done asap the hummping on pillows has increased at home after walks aswell so its his hormones for sure i'm sure of it
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update he was a goodboy today lots of dogs said hello to him even an 8 month old great dane puppy said hello he was such a good boy
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My terrier is good with other dogs HOWEVER with big dogs if they do something to abuse their size advantage (humping, biting, circling) he won't tolerate that or back down. I don't know how to really address this because truly he's fine with dogs playing nicely...his motto seems to be "don't start none won't be none".

He gets along really well with some big dogs and the ones he doesn't like I have observed them doing some not-so-nice things to him. Unfortunately he seems to be prejuiced against huskies now after a bad incident with one at the dog park.

Mine also does better with other dogs off lead but he's like yours and cannot be trusted. Even my old scottie couldn't be trusted at 9 years old not to run after a squirrel or something if he got loose, but at least he had the sense to come sit on our doorstep and bark when he got tired of the chase. Either that or go see my neighbor who is in the garage all the time and ask him to make us open the door
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