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I have a 3 year old Akita, neutered male. A few weeks ago someone decided ( I kid you not ) because our dogs "looked like each other" that they would get along, so while my dog and I were sitting in a fairly small room, this gentleman brought his male wolf hybrid in with no warning and blocked the only exit. My dog sniffed his nose and then went totally crazy, snapping and jumping.

Before this when we would walk he was always very excited to see other dogs, wanted to sniff them and it was like 60/40 (not try/try) whether or not he'd try to show dominance, but it was always really manageable. He goes to daycare twice a week and meets new dogs all the time and is very playful, which hasn't changed. But now when we walk if there's another dog walking he just goes crazy. I use a prong collar, I have since he was maybe 1, before if he seemed agitated I just gave it flick told him to stay with me and we'd keep going but that doesn't come close to cutting it now. I've had to get him down and kneel on him repeatedley to get him to calm down and he isn't respecting me, he fights me the whole way and snarls at me and tries to get up right away, so I have to keep him down a lot longer until he stays until I give him a command.

We also got attacked by a dog through a fence while we were walking in the same neighborhood about a week ago, like he wasnt already on edge!

He's still really great with people, he responds to strangers well and had always respected me as the alpha.

So any suggestions? I really want to correct this behavior asap so it doesn't become the normal.
 

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You need to ditch the prong collar and the idea of corrections, respect, being the "alpha" and also the alpha rolling -- now. If you don't, this dog is going to bite you - I promise you that.

What do you mean by "acting dominant"? Are you referring to growling/snapping/lunging?

He sounds reactive. It's either based in overstimulation or fear. Honestly, it doesn't much matter which as the way to handle it is basically the same.

Look into counter conditioning/desensitization and "look at that" (LAT) games. You want him far enough away from the other dog that he doesn't react, but close enough that he notices the other dog. This is his threshold. When he sees another dog, give him tons of delicious treats, when the other dog leaves the treats stop.

Once he seems to catch onto this game, you could move onto behavioral adjustment training (BAT) type stuff - I use a modified version with my dog and have had some success after just a few sessions.

In all honesty, since you are so deeply involved with punishment based training, I think you'd be better off just hiring a positive trainer or behaviorist (there's a sticky on this board that can help find one) to teach you how to better work with your dog.

This will take time. In fact, it will probably take more time since the relationship between you and your dog is already damaged. But it can be done.

The funny thing is, a lot of people who subscribe to the 'alpha' ideal get so hung up on their dog respecting them....your dog will "respect" you much more when he no longer fears you and you can work as cooperative team.
 

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Your dog is scared in these events and trying to show you that he's scared. But you're punishing him for showing you how he feels, so he's taking it up a notch to show you he's really not comfortable.

Please follow @PoppyKenna 's advice so that you and your dog can better understand each other and work together well.
 

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Holy smokes, let me say first off that must have been terrifying. I've met some wolf hybrids and yes, they really do change moods at the flip of a coin. Dogs give plenty of warning before getting into a fight but wolfdogs tend to skip straight to Step 3 and throw down.

Now, it sounds like at his daycare he is a lot more relaxed around other dogs. You might try looking at the factors at play in the daycare (no leash, no prong collar) and see how you can adapt these to his walks. I'm not saying you should have him off-leash, but if you ditch the spikes and give him enough leeway to avoid other dogs, he will start to think "Nobody's forcing me to get close to that sketchy-looking dog. I don't have to fight if I can just put distance between the both of us."

It's not so much that he's disrespecting you. It's just that he doesn't feel as safe around you as he used to be and believes that he has to fend for himself when it comes to his own comfort and safety.

Start making it clear that you are the one person in this world that he can "trust", that you will make sure everything is always fine, and that he doesn't have to fear "screwing up" around you and making you mad. That's probably more or less how he feels at daycare... Like he has no reason to defend himself, because he has never had to defend himself there in the past.

The LAT and BAT training programs are both fantastic. I would also see if you can meet some daycare clientele outside of daycare so that he is reminded that not every dog he sees on the street is out to get him. The more fun and positive experiences he has with dogs, the more optimistic he will be about canines in general.
 

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It's not so much that he's disrespecting you. It's just that he doesn't feel as safe around you as he used to be and believes that he has to fend for himself when it comes to his own comfort and safety.

Start making it clear that you are the one person in this world that he can "trust", that you will make sure everything is always fine, and that he doesn't have to fear "screwing up" around you and making you mad.
A hundred times this^^^^!

I'm very happy that you came on here now. There are lots of people here (including myself) that once thought Cesar and dominance theory was the bomb (embarrassing now) but you will quickly see how much better for you both, it is to do things strictly positive. The trust and the relationship you will have will be so strong! :D
 
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