Terrier Cross

by Sarah Cavanagh
(Belfast, Ireland)

I took Ben a rescue dog. He was very timid and quiet, very rarely barked, loved to go out for his walks, and was always well behaved.

About two months after i had him neutered his temperment changed he has become very aggresive toward other dogs barks when anyone comes to the house tries to attack other dogs when out for his walks. I dont know what to do i dont want to get rid of him but i dont know what else to do does any one have any answers

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Stop Terrier Cross Aggression
by: Adam G. Kaz

Yes-- you can fix this. It's what we call "dog aggression" (in contrast to handler aggression).

You need to focus on two things:

1. Teach your dog to walk on a loose leash around all distractions. If he's on a loose leash, he cannot be paying attention to you and the other dog at the same time. It's either one or another, and if the leash is loose, then he has to watch you because he cannot FEEL from the tension in the leash, where you are.

2. You'll need to learn how to give a motivational correction, so that he clearly understands that this behavior is unacceptable. If he already knows that it's unacceptable, then the issue is that your correction is not firm enough, or you're not using the proper training collar (or it isn't fitted correctly!)

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