Aggressive Frenchie

by Cynthia

Hello My name is Cynthia,
I have always wanted a French bulldog I researched the breed for years before my amazing Wife surprised me with a puppy for our 4 year anniversary. Dotty Love was the most loving sweet puppy we took her to the dog park everyday as soon as she was 4 months old and had all her shots she was great a social butterfly. but when she turned 10 months old our Chihuahua and her best friend was attacked by a black lab in our complex and after that attack dotty was not the same she gets really aggressive when we see other dogs not all dogs just certain ones. I try taking her to the dog park like before but she always picks 1 dog to be aggressive with so I take her on a leash and leave her on a leash to try to correct the behavior but it doesn't work. we thought maybe she wasn't feeling good cause she always had really bad hives from allergies and was supper itchy so we had her allergy tested and have switched her diet she is now supper health and still the aggression continues, so we have stopped going to the dog park for fear that she will pick a fight with a dog that will fight back and hurt her. I have tried exercising her by running her alongside my bike for about 3 miles before going to the dog park but nope she's still a butthole. we've tried doing obedience classes she did great at her puppy basics but when we moved to intermediate she couldn't focus all she wanted to do was get to the other dogs. I love my frenchie she's an amazing dog when she's one on one with a dog she's fine she plays and is perfect but when its multiple dogs and she's enclosed she tends to get aggressive. we've tried almost everything I am trying now to find an affordable dog behaviorist to work with us because I know she misses playing and being able to go to the dog beach or dog park instead of always being cooped up. please if anyone has any advise help us

thank you

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Feb 13, 2015
Stay Away From Dog Parks
by: Adam G. Katz

Hi, Cynthhia:

Stay away from dog parks. It's an unnatural environment, from a canine behavior perspective. They were created to make HUMANS feel better about their dog ownership experience, but it is not normal for a dog to be thrown into an environment with so many other dogs from varying packs. Plus-- the people who go to dog parks rarely have very good control of their own dogs, so ... you're just asking for a dog fight, even if your dog is not the instigator.

Still-- You'll need to address the aggression issue, when you're out in public with the dog. This starts by employing a "Nothing in Life Is Free" approach so that your dog starts to respect you, when you tell him, "No!" and is reinforced by using the proper training collar for your dog's temperament (and learning how to use it, of course).

Employ the "Nothing In Life Is Free" approach, so that your dog starts to view you as the "pack leader." If your dog doesn't see you as the leader, then your corrections will be meaningless. So, if you're doing subtle things (inadvertently) to undermine your leadership role around the house-- it will be counter-productive.

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