We have a 12 week old female Newfoundland puppy, we also have a 9 year old female Aussie. The puppy keeps jumping on the adult's back and biting her neck and ears and when we make her stop she backs up and barks at us (as if to sass back at the no) and if we grab her to make her stop picking on the older dog she bites at us. I realize all of this is the way she engaged in play with her littermates but it isn't acceptable play now and I don't know how to stop it. When walking next to her she bite at your clothing and in the process sometimes also connect with skin.

This behavior isn't once in awhile, it's constant as long as she's awake and near the older dog. Our Aussie is getting extremely nervous and stressed over the puppy because of being attacked every minute she's near her.

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How to Stop Dog Aggression
by: Robert

How To Stop Dog Aggression

If you want to understand how to stop dog aggression let me start by asking you two rhetorical questions!

Firstly do YOU start the aggression with your dog simply joining in?
Secondly does your dog listen to you just before it behaves the way it does when you try show it another way to behave?
The answer will of course be the following:

At the point your dog starts to become aggressive she is taking no notice at all of you.

She is making her own decisions and will not listen to you if you try to show her a different way to behave. What she is doing is simply too important to her and is the right thing to do. Dog aggression is nearly always done in order to protect, their pack and their own lives.

Firstly there is of course a whole range of different types of aggression from dominant to fearful and everything in between. Then there is aggression that occurs the whole time and other aggression, which is very erratic, and random depending on a number of differing factors. We could also look at what your dog is aggressive towards; it could be people, animals, other dogs or objects.

The way to stop dog aggression however is very much the same, or at least the cause of the problem is the same. Your dog thinks that it is the pack leader, becomes fearful and attacks to protect, you and herself. Dominant dogs will be more proactive, often attacking when they still have the option of running away, fearful dogs will only attack if they have no place to run. All the other factors pale into insignificance compared to this.

The most important concept to grasp if you want to understand how to stop dog aggression is that your dog must first look to you as the pack leader in the home. (This is the easiest place to convince her you are the decision maker.) Only then can you convince her that you are the pack leader on the walk. There are some fantastic video sites now that show you exactly how to become the pack leader.

Once you have convinced your dog that you are the pack leader outside then upon reaching the point where she usually is aggressive you will find that she will actually start to take notice of how you are behaving! If you aren’t then your dog will probably continue to ignore what you are doing at this point forever.

Just remember, dogs are pack animals and they follow the pack leader.

One of the best examples of a professional dog trainer putting this all into practice is The Online Dog Trainer. The site has live videos of this method being demonstrated and explains exactly how to stop dog aggression by simply convincing your dog that you are the pack leader.


The Online Dog Trainer.

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