Agressive ridgeback shepherd

by Andrea
(Northport, NY)

My son and his 2 year old dog ("OB") moved from NYC to our family home on Long Island a few months ago, joining a 5 year old mix and a 6 year old lab. Things were tense at first, then seemed to relax. However, there have now been 4 occasions where OB has attacked the older dogs, seemingly for no reason. Most recently, my daughter was playing piano with the lab at her feet and OB attacked the lab leaving deep puncture wounds. My daughter was forced to physically disengage the 2 dogs, at which point the 5 year old joined the fray. It was terrifying. The dogs are all trained, and OB in particular is very smart and responsive. There are obvious triggers, like toys and food, and we have controlled those settings, but the "out of the blue" aggression leaves us all very frightened. Can you help?

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Jul 02, 2015
Establish Yourself a The Pack Leader
by: Adam G. Katz

Your problem is that your dog didn't get a motivational correction for exhibiting the aggressive behavior.

You need to:

1. Establish yourself as the pack leader.

2. Put all dogs on a "Nothing In Life Is Free" program.

3. Do not leave these dogs together unsupervised.

4. Get all dogs fixed/neutered/spayed.

5. Keep a leash and collar on all dogs, when you're with them-- so that you can start correcting the aggression.

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