Aggressive rescue dog-Alaskan Malamute

by Carolyn
(Colorado Springs, CO)

This is my second malamute, but my first I had as a puppy. My first hated most other dogs, but she grew up with a husky and even learned to live with a female bull dog. She would go after other dogs but wouldn't hurt them. I took in this rescue after my first died as the people were desperate and she needed a home. She is 4 years old and apparently had been passed around and has had no stability. She loves people but would definitely hurt another dog if she got away. While I walk her at least 3 miles a day- I am older and not that big so this creates issues. She has never gotten away from me as I hang on, but I have ended up with skinned knees and minor injuries when she tries to go after a dog. It is always an adventure when I walk her. I have only had her about 6 or 7 weeks. She did ok the one time I went out of town and boarded her, but they kept her away from other dogs. She also barks and hits the sliding glass door when someone walks a dog by and she sees it. This adds to my problems as I live in an apartment. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Nov 20, 2014
Motivational correction
by: Adam G. Katz

Your problem is that your dog didn't get a motivational correction for exhibiting the aggressive behavior.

You need to:

1. Establish yourself as the pack leader.

2. Put your dog on a "Nothing In Life Is Free" program.

3. Do not leave dogs together unsupervised.

4. Get your dog fixed/neutered/spayed.

5. Keep a leash and collar on your dog, when you're with her-- so that you can start correcting the aggression.

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