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We have a 15 year old cockatooapoo with limited eyesight and here. He is a happy dog during the day but becomes very aggressive at night. We assume he becomes scared when it becomes darker. He has bitten several people as well as my wife and I. I have tried every supplement for aggression. It would break my heart to put him down men he is otherwise healthy. Has anyone used medication for sedation or aggression? We want him to be healthy and safe as well as people visiting. Thanks for your help
 

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Dog aggression: read your dog's body language to prevent biting!

We have a 15 year old cockatooapoo with limited eyesight and here. He is a happy dog during the day but becomes very aggressive at night.
It would break my heart to put him down men he is otherwise healthy.

We want him to be healthy and safe as well as people visiting.
Hi, I am sorry to hear about your dog's night time aggression. Poor little guy.
Is he having both sight and hearing issues? I wasn't sure from your post.

When is he biting, as in what happens right prior to the bite?

For example, is he being startled, or awakened from resting, thus biting? Or when people ring the door bell and come into your home? Or when family or visitors move, say get up off the couch or enter the room? Or when people reach out and try to touch/pet him? Or when people/kids are rowdy?

Does your dog give you any warning signs before delivering the bite?

Most dogs do give warning signs, but we humans aren't always so great at noticing the signs from our dogs. If you can read his body language and know when he is feeling stressed or nervous/fearful/anxious, then you can prevent a lot of the aggressive actions before they happen!

You can study up for free online about dog body language and calming signals. I watch my dog's body language all the time!!! Especially around visitors, strangers and other dogs we meet.

Use management techniques so he doesn't get over stressed or have the opportunity to bite visitors

If you are worried about your dog biting your house guests, simply put him in cozy crate or baby gated room with some yummy treats or a chewie or favorite toys. Or keep him on a leash with you when you have guests so you can monitor his interactions. Plenty of safe and easy management techniques can help you guys to all stay safe and less stressed.

One more thing. Has he been checked lately by a vet? If he is in some sort of pain or discomfort he may be more apt to become aggressive to keep people away from him.

I can't imagine putting your otherwise healthy dog down for this and I'm betting you would only do this as a last resort. Please tell us more so we can help you. Thank you for wanting to help your dog!!!
 

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Anxiety Meds can help some dogs, not all.

. Has anyone used medication for sedation or aggression? We want him to be healthy and safe as well as people visiting.
Some people have good luck with medications for helping their dogs to relax. I'm sure some people on this forum with good experience on this will chime in here for you.

I actually tried several meds and supplements early on for my fearful Gracie dog. When she was going through heartworm treatment, we needed her to be able to stay ultra calm during ultra scary vet visits so she wouldn't die from a blot clot.

Nothing worked for her. In fact some of the meds just made her more heightened. I tried tons of stuff, both RX and over the counter, as well as supplements.

This was before CBD oil came out for dogs. Had I known about CBD oil I surely would have tried it for Gracie! Don't know if it would have had any effect on her, but I definitely would have tried it since CBD oil generally has no side effects like most traditional medicine can have.

If you are interested in trying CBD oil I would strongly suggest you really study up on it and only buy it from a trusted source since there is no regulation out there and I am betting there is a lot of lame stuff being sold as CBD oil.

And even if you do try any meds, I would still recommend you work on behavior modification and prevention as meds alone generally are not enough to prevent/stop aggressive behavior.

Best to get to the root of the problem, then work on a solution:)
 
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