Aggressive Rescue


I recently adopted a dog from the Humane Society. She is about 20 lbs, and a mix breed. They say there is some JRT in her. Her name is Lily. My girlfriend, who is over all the time, has a 3.5 lb Chihuahua name Chloe. Lily at times will try to pounce on Chloe out of no where. I believe this is due to a prey drive. She doesnt seem scared. At the same time however, when both are relaxed and just laying with us, Lily wont seem to care, and will even lick Chloe. I try to distract her when she gets tense and seems to pounce, and if she does, I will send her to a quiet place with no attention for punishmetn. I am just not sure what to do with her or if we will ever be able to trust her.

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Mar 10, 2013
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.

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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.

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

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