Rhodesian Ridgeback Aggression?

by Dom

Does anyone else's Ridgeback or dog copy the exact behaviour as another dog? Say for example one of the dog's is afraid of the washing machine and then the other dog who was never afraid is afraid all of a sudden?? - need help as my RR never had any issues until recently... its waaaaay out of character for him and I have since taken him away from that dog to do a little experiment and see if that dog is the cause of his change...

This is a dog that greeted everyone with sloppy kisses, wagging tail and vibrating body. He has been humped on by many males while out and about and just shakes it off unless that dog has repeatedly come back then he snips a little "leave me alone" - but never EVER in his almost 3 years ever tried to bite someone who only wants to pat him.

He now walks with his tail in between his legs and walks very low to the ground.

Similar behaviour to my sisters dog who I believe he is copying... he lives with the dog and she is the dominate one. He will not challenge her and will move out of her way so that she can also eat his food and so he cannot get patted by anyone.

Basically she wants all the attention and nips him with jealously

Amazing because he wouldn't hurt anyone/dog and now I am to afraid to let anyone touch him because he is unpredictable

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Sep 16, 2014
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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Adam G. Katz is the author of, "Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer!" -- which you can find at DogProblems.com.

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