Agressive Newfoundland

I have a 17month old male Newfie, who appears more and more aggressive as he gets older. The main problem is his continuous barking at absolutely anything. We are fully fenced, with 6 foot fences and a large yard. In the mornings, he runs around the section, barking towards the neighbours or even just the slightest noise, within the neighbourhood. We cannot leave him outside at night, as he will bark on and off, continuously. He will bark directly at us, if we are busy and will then proceed to pinch anything that is not nailed down and taunt us, just to get attention. Yes, he does get plenty of attention, but we will not give in to him, when he becomes dominant. The only thing that stops this behaviour, is to grab him (if you are quick enough) and put him out in the laundry, until he settles down. This alone can be quite trying, as he will run flat out, back and forward, not letting you get close enough to grab his collar. He uses the full extent of his size to push his way through anything and will sometimes lurch, when being walked. Grooming is a task, as he grabs at everything and while he may lie quietly for a few minutes he has recently become quite aggressive towards me. I'm not sure if I am miss-reading this behaviour as he has never intentionally bit me and is generally gentle when he does grab my hand or arm, but the growling is starting to frighten me, even though this is the same sound he makes when rolling on the ground and just being an idiot. I'm sure he just likes the sound of his own voice, but this is also putting quite a strain on our marriage, as my husband is less tolerant. Please note that this is not our first Newfie, but he is the complete opposite of our last boy. Although both boys were not neutered and I didn't want to have to, I have now resorted to booking an appointment for surgery, this coming Friday. I have no way of knowing, if this is going to make any difference, but something has got to give.

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Dog Training Tips
by: Online Dog Trainer

Dog Training Tips

There are a few real keys to dog training, whether you are trying to train your dog to come when called, sit, stop barking or any other behavior. Understanding their importance is critical to achieving rapid results that are long lasting and help develop the bond between you and your dog.

The first is simple; you must win your dogs mind. If you don’t achieve this first then you will be struggling the all the way. When I talk about winning your dogs mind what I really mean is that your dog looks to you for all the decisions. Before you do anything else watch one of the amazing video sites that show you the 5 Golden rules to establishing yourself as the pack leader. If you aren’t putting these in place then you are setting yourself up to fail. Just at the crucial point where you really want your dog to listen they will go and do their own thing. For sure your dog may play ball occasionally or even most of the time, you may even have a dog that is obedient 99% of the time, however if you want a dog who always listens to you and does as you ask then you need to win your dogs mind.

The second key to success is to motivate your dog. It is really important that you discover what it is that your dog enjoys both in terms of exercise and play but also in terms of a reward. If you can make the experience enjoyable then you will both achieve more and look forward to training.

Some dogs love to fetch, others love agility, and other dogs simply love obedience training, or swimming out into water and retrieve. At least to start with find out what your dogs love is and help them develop this, what I am saying is work with your dog. The other point to recognize is to make training enjoyable reward your dog.

The three main rewards are:

Food- anything from a single dry biscuit to a whole piece of sausage!
Affection- pats, cuddles, lots of high verbal praise
Toys- games, throwing a stick or object, chasing your dog etc

Your dog is always going to work harder if you are fair in your training. Even if you do not want to use food you should make sure that you use affection accordingly when your dog does well

If you want to use food rewards then always follow these simple tips:

Always vary food rewards
Do not give food rewards every time
Never let your dog know what the reward is
If your dog doesn’t come first time then do not give them the reward

The third key to achieving perfection is practice! Learning how to encourage behavior that is closer to what you want than the last is the third key to success. Again this is where rewards come in so handy! Motivate and then show your dog what it is that you want and there is no need for any negative training!

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