Aggressive Shepherd Mix At The Vet

by Carolynn
(Glendale, Az)

I recently found out my dog has Panis, had to take him to the Opthomolgist to have some tests done, long story short, I think I can understand him being scared of a stranger in his face, but he does seem to be protective of me in the same room so they had asked I wait outside and they ended up having to sedate him to do the tests. There will be more tests like this in the future and they suggested I look into training for his aggressive behavior since sedation is very costly.

He is between 5-7 yrs old neutered and apparently a sheperd mix. He's never aggressive at home and has 2 other dogs he plays with. I'm not sure how to handle his behavior when going to the opthamologist in the future, any idea's especially since I'm on a budget so taking him to the trainer is not really an option for me financially, but neither are his vet bills but he's one of my kids.



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Aug 19, 2012
You Need A Good Base Of Obedience Training
by: Adam G. Katz

Hi, Carolynn:

You can get this problem under control, but it is going to require that you educate yourself and commit to the process. It will (most likely) not be an overnight fix but rather a process.

You need to:

1. Start your dog on a "Nothing In Life Is Free" program. This will help to establish yourself as the "pack leader" so that when you tell him, "No!' ... your verbal correction has meaning and he ceases the aggression.

2. Start training the five fundamental obedience exercises that every dog should know. Going through this process will do two things: First, it will further establish you as the "Alpha dog". And second, you will learn how to give a motivational leash correction. This same leash correction can be used to correct the aggressive behavior.

3. Once you've established a proper relationship between you and your dog, then you should start doing the training exercises in the lobby of the vet clinic, on a day when you're NOT there for services.

I go into more detail on how to do all of this in my book, "Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer!" available exclusively at

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

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