Aggressive Miniature Dachshund

by Kayla
(Jacksonville, FL USA)

I have a five year dachshund that has always been somewhat aggressive towards children and other dogs. We recently brought home an 8 week golden retriever. It has only been three days, but my dachshund is constantly barking, growling, showing her teeth, and snipping at the golden. Sometimes, my dachshund will sprint towards the golden and show aggresion. Sometimes, my dachshund will hide under the couch and then snip at the golden when the golden comes near her.

During the day, while at work, they are seperated. I've been trying to give both dogs the same amount of attention. But not able to have them together. I have no idea what to do! Any suggestions?

It seems like my dachshund is acting this way out of jealously, but sometimes she seems to act that way out of fear.

Thank you,
Kayla Winfield

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Mar 10, 2013
Get a Muzzle
by: Adam G. Katz

Here's what I advise:

1. Get a muzzle.

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

3. Make him hold these commands (gradually) around more stimulating environments. If he shows aggression, correct him back into the sit-position. All while you're working with him or in public, he should be wearing the muzzle until you get him so that he's not longer showing the aggression.

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

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

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

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Mar 07, 2013
Nipping/Biting Rescue Dog
by: Anonymous

Help-My family loves our poodle mix that we just adopted from the shelter. He is four and has come with nipping and barking issues that revealed themselves two weeks ago.

I think that he is dominant because he is barking and holding himself erect tail up and nipping kids and adults on the heels and he has broken the skin on one-he does not really display aggression at home but clearly thinks he is the leader of the pack-

Have been working on training him otherwise but scared he will bite again- I crate him and keep him on a leash at home when he displays these behaviors-can you help???

Oct 11, 2012
Establish Yourself as the Pack Leader
by: Adam G. Katz

You need to:

1. Establish yourself as the pack leader.

2. Put both dogs on a "Nothing In Life Is Free" program.

3. Do not leave these dogs together unsupervised.

4. Get both dogs fixed/neutered/spayed.

5. Keep a leash and collar on both dogs, when you're with them-- so that you can start correcting the aggression.

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.

All the best,

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