Occasional Aggressive Signs From My Rescue Dog

by Samantha

I picked up my rescue dog just over a week ago, since then we have bonded well and she is fantastic in the home, no mess and listens to me.

She is fantastic on the lead until another dog is seen in the distance. Her ears are then forward and her head down, I still cant tell if it is her wanting to play or attack. She does have a grumble or even try to go for the other dog. I'm trying the food tip, when the dog is approching I give her some food, this seems to be orking a bit.

My problem is now the fight she had, she was playing wth a little staffie and they were playing well, but thn fight happned, when myself and the other owner got to them my little lady has the other dog by the neck, I had to force her jaw open, after getting free she went for the other dogs leg!!!

I know this is only the fist fight an I know dogs can fight but I am concerned that the aggressive signs on the lead will end up to aggressive play off the lead. She is a lovely natured dog so would love some advise from you fellow dog owners on how you have dealt with same problems....

She was rescued with 6 other dogs, they were all in a state when found, skin and bone, she may have had to fight for food.

Thank you in advance for you help :)

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Feb 06, 2012
Great........thank you
by: Samantha

Thank you Adam.....I have been taking the leader of the pack status....and fingers crossed it is working!!! I am seeing a huge improvement when we see other dogs, she is listening to me and not showing as much interest in the other dog. I think some may have been nerves as well and little miss Molly is now getting confident. Plus I have been doing some sessions back at the rescue centre in a controled enviroment....been very useful.

Thanks for your information :)

Feb 02, 2012
Stop Aggressive Dog Behavior
by: Adam G. Katz

Hi, Samantha:

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 DogProblems.com to learn more. (You can click on the banner, at right).

And finally: 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.

All the best,

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