Aggressive Terrier Cross

by Troy DeForest
(Sundre, AB, Canada)

We brought our dog Lucy home to us when she was about 4 years old. She is now 9 1/2 years old and has much of the same energy levels that she had when we got her. Lucy loves to go for walks on leash and off. The problem we have with her, is when she is on leash and sees another dog coming toward her, she goes into a low crouch and starts stalking the other dog. Then when she gets close, she will lung at the other dog. Or she will sniff first and then if the other dog gets to frisky, she will attack. I have tried her off leash and some times she is okay but most of the time she will behave aggressively. It doesn't matter what size of dog is around her.

I have tried distracting her when she starts this but most of the time it doesn't work. When I hold her close to me, when the other dog is close, she will either whine to be let go or she growls and barks.

When ever the kids would be a little over aggressive with her, she would snap at them. She has settled down with that but she will still get growling at our youngest son when she doesn't want him around.

I want to have her socialize but I don't want her to be attacking other dogs.

Can this be corrected?

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Aug 28, 2017
Nothing In Life Is Free
by: Adam G. Katz

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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