Aggressive when tired and excited

by Elaine
(Rockland ON)

I have had my Boston pup for four weeks now. She is a wonderful smart dog. I had her house-trained within a week of having her and she sits on command also waiting for her food until I tell her "go". I have an isssue with agression though. There are a few things that trigger it and I really don't know what technique to use to change it. She will bark and lunge and bite at hands and feet when she comes in from outside on the occasion ( when she has been running and is excited) or when she feels she needs attention I think. I happens mostly at the same time of the day, often when she is tired. I f you have any advice I would appreciate it. She is now 15 weeks old and I can only get a trainer in two months from now ( a good one that is available)

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Does the dog understand...
by: Adam G. Katz

Hi, Elaine:

You'll need to start by asking yourself two questions:

1. Does the dog understand that the dog aggression is unwanted behavior?


2. If she understands that she shouldn't be aggressive, then she's choosing to ignore me. In which case, you have a respect issue.

Get a prong collar and a six foot leather leash and learn how to correct your dog in a safe and humane manner. I can guarantee that you'll see an almost immediate, dramatic improvement. Check out to learn more. (You can click on the banner, at right).

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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