Aggressive American Bull Dog

by Lizette
(Miami, Fl USA)

I took in an American Bull Dog to breed her with another American Bull Dog. She was skinny and looked ill. When she became pregnant, she developed an infection and lost the puppies. The vet suggested to spay her because of the infection. In a few months she started eating more and became healthier and active. However after being with me for 3 month, one day i arrived home and found her sitting on my driveway. Somehow she got out of the fenced yard. Neighbors call the police and animal control.

Apparently she chased a person who was walking his 2 huskies. The person used his mace to deter her. Another occassion while walking her, she came loose from her collar and went after another person walking their dog, unfortunately she did take a bite of the walking dog. For a second time, she got out of the fenced yard. Neighbors immediately called the police but when the police arrived my dog was on my property sitting in front of the fenced gate. She goes crazy when she see someone walking down the street especially with a dog. (This is especially true when the owner of the dog she bit passes by) I am convinced she is aggressive and wonder was spaying her contributed to her behavior? I am afraid to walk her so it is something I will not do anymore.

As for climbing the fence (I assume that is how she is getting out of the yard) I installed an invisible fence. Its the only thing that gives me a piece of mind when i leave the house- even so, I am still unsettled when I am gone. Can an agressive dog be trained or should I look for other options. She is not aggressive with me. I have grown attached to her in what was suppose to be temporary care.

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Aug 21, 2012
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Aggressive Towards People
by: Adam G. Katz

Here's what I advise:

1. Get a muzzle.

2. Teach the dog obedience exercises, so that she learns she must hold a sit-stay and down-stay, regardless of distractions.

3. Make her hold these commands (gradually) around more stimulating environments. If she shows aggression, correct her back into the sit-position. All while you're working with her or in public, she should be wearing the muzzle until you get her so that she's no longer showing the aggression.

4. Work boundary training exercises, which will quickly teach her what "No" means.

5 Use the "No" command if she shows any aggression.

Right now, she either doesn't understand what "No!" means; Or she doesn't trust that you'll keep her safe.

Adam

Adam G. Katz is the author of, "Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer!" -- which you can find at DogProblems.com.

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