Aggressive Schnauzer Mix

by Kay
(Mobile, AL)

Samson the Frenchie

Samson the Frenchie

Samson the Frenchie
Pistol, our problem Schnauzer

I have a 5 year old frenchie mix and in January rescued a 4 month old schnauzer mix. Both are male and nuetered. For two or three months now, if my partner is on the couch with the schnauzer and the frenchie enters the room, the schnauzer sometimes will attack the frenchie. We have tried several things and can't seem to get this under control. Do you have any suggestions as to what we may try?

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Motivational Leash Correction
by: Adam G. Katz

You need to:

1. Establish yourself as the pack leader.

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

3. Do not leave these dogs together unsupervised.

4. 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.

4. Keep a leash and collar on the dog that you are correcting, when you're with them-- so that you can start correcting the aggression.

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 correction

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Aggressive Male Schnauzer

We adopted a 4-6 year old Schnauzer in December and initially he didn't show much aggression nor did he bark much. He simply growled when being picked up. However, after being neutered and getting good care and regular meals, he's become more aggressive, growls and sometimes snaps at us when we ask him to do something he prefers not to do.

He loves to announce his presence whenever he's turned out.

Seems to be very territorial and he also will not leave our cat alone even though she's managed to scratch his nose. On the plus side, he's good with new people, loves attention (actually demands attention), walks pretty well on a leash and is doing OK with being groomer. We are attached to Gibbs and love him for all his good traits but we have grandchildren and great grandchildren so his behavior is a concern. Any help you can provide to help us make Gibbs a dog our whole family can enjoy will be appreciated.

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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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Agressive/Reactive Miniature Schnauzer

We are not sure if Scout our 4 year old miniature schnauzer is truly aggressive or reactive. As he is so reactive, I don't want to risk exposing him to our friends; dogs and have him perhaps bite them or aggravate them to the point he is bitten. We got him from a resuce organization 9 months ago.

We went through a series of reactive dog classes at the humane society and while using a citronella collar he could work within the class and even be walked at a dog park - not inside the fenced area but could walk outside. One day we came around a corner into the path of another dog and he set the collar off and continued to bark through the collar, that was last November. Once that happened he would not let the collar prevent him from barking.

I enrolled him in a second series of classes and he could not complete the series this time as he was too disruptive. The trainers volunteered to work with him one on one which we did. There was no improvement. I don't need him to be friends with other dogs, just to be able to ignore them. His life is stressful, whenever he goes on a walk, which he does at least once a day, most days twice a day, he acts like he is on sensory overload and starts panting before we even leave the house.

He will sit and wait on command and follow me out, but all the time he is panting and revving himself up. We have tried counter conditioning, reward and verbal correction.

Any suggestions?

Thank you for any suggestions.

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Get a Prong Collar
by: Adam G. Katz

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

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

and

2. If he understands that he shouldn't be aggressive, then he'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.

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.



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All the best,
Adam

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

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