Aggressive Greek Shepherd

I have a 2 year old Greek Shepherd dog that shows territorial aggressive behavior..I've tried many techniques that only seem to work for a small period of time and then she goes back to barking and jumping by the fence to every person that comes near the house..What should I do? please help!

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Oct 06, 2012
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Dog Aggression
by: Adam G. Katz

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 she's on a loose leash, she 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 she has to watch you because she 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 she clearly understands that this behavior is unacceptable. If she 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!)

- 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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Territorial Resident Dog

by Elizabeth Hughes
(Baltimore, Maryland)

My dog, a Gordon setter, an 11 year old male, is the Resident Dog at my Continuing Care Community. He is a found dog who is very sweet and beloved among the residents in the Health Care Center. The problem is that he charges and barks loudly when people visit me in my apartment. He is so possessive and I do not know how to redirect him. Is a muzzle a good idea? Or a shock collar? How can I keep him from making visitors feel uneasy? Elizabeth Hughes

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Apr 05, 2012
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Muzzles and E-collars ... Not yet!
by: Adam G. Katz

Hi, Elizabeth:

The muzzle is really just used as a control device, so that you can work with the dog without fear of getting bitten. It doesn't teach the dog anything.

Instead of spending $200+ on an e-collar, I'd recommend buying a $17 prong collar and learning how to give a motivational correction. The setters are actually a fairly sensitive breed... and my philosophy is: Why spend $200+ if you can get away with a $17 solution, right?


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Aggressive American Foxhound Attacked The Gardener

by Jeremy
(California)

I have a 3 year old American Foxhound/Dane mix who's friendly in neutral areas but has become territorial with places like the backyard and the house. We can slowly introduce someone to him in these areas and he's ok but a couple of days ago, the gardener suddenly came in the backyard and my dog sprinted outside, jumped, and nipped at the him; apparently it was enough to give him a bruise the next day.

This is definitely territorial aggression in my eyes but it's progressed from barking to now, nipping. Not sure how to correct this without making it worse. Thanks for the help!!!

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How to Fix Your Aggressive Foxhound
by: Adam G. Katz

Hi,

You need to start dog obedience training with this dog, asap. Buy a muzzle. Get your dog used to wearing it.

Buy a pinch collar and a six foot leash. Learn how to give your dog a motivational correction. There is hope, but you're going to need to get out and work with your dog-- with the muzzle on.

Have someone come into the yard and when your dog reacts give a motivational correction with the leash and collar.

- Adam.


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Territorial Aggressive Weimaraner

by Jason
(Indiana)


We have a 3 yr old weimaraner. He will bark and try to attack anything that comes near our yard. He has never tried to hurt our other animals or family members. If we take him to the store, he is a perfect gentleman not one sign of aggression, It is just while at home. We have resorted to having a muzzle on him when ever he is out side. And he hates it. He justs mopes around the yard and takes a long time to go to the bathroom.

I am not sure how to correct this behavior. We live in the country and do not have quests that often. When someone comes over, I put the muzzle on him until he knows they are save. Once that happens he is very friendly. The big problem is when someone is walking down the road. He will take off after them. I won't be able to stop him. We are going to put up a fence around part of the yard, But I really want to get this aggression out of his mind.

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Nothing In Life Is Free Video
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.





All the best,
Adam


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Aggressive Jack-Chi

by Rachel
(Surrey)

My dog has recently started to become quite aggressive, he use to be fine but he is now very territorial, he hates our neighbors, resorting in a biting (not skin) situation where he grabs trousers, snarls and barks constantly at them. (Use to be fine with them).

If the doorbells goes, he goes mad, even if he can't see the door, he knows if he doesnt 'know' them and barks, snarls and just wants to attack them.

We have a new baby coming into the family soon and worried about his behaviour and want it sorted soon but dont know where to start?? He is a Jack Russell crossed with a Chihuahua just over 1 year old. Thanks

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Here's How To Stop Dog Barking
by: Robert

Here's how to stop dog barking. Professional Dog Trainer Adam G. Katz takes you behind the scenes of one of his private client sessions in Las Vegas, Nevada to show you how to get a couple of "Morkies" to stop barking.



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Aggressive Rhodesian Mix

by Lilia
(Los Angeles)

I have 2 dogs that I adopted from my local county shelter 2 years ago. One is a Rhodesian mix and the other is a Dachshund mix. My Rhodesian is territorial when it comes to treats but does not seemed to have a problem sharing toys with the smaller dog. Within the last few weeks my Rhodesian has gone after my smaller dog for reasons that we cannot seem to figure. Jealousy is the first thing that comes to mind but in the lastest instance, the small dog was just walking by her because I was removing them from my mother's room. This time my Rhodesian injured (minor but still...) and left her afraid for several hours.

I do not know what is setting her off but I need some advice or even leads to a trainer (Los Angeles, CA) for help before the situation gets deadly. She is an absolute sweetheart to people and normally gets along with her packmate but there is something I am doing wrong.

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Stop Two Dogs From Fighting
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 both dogs fixed/neutered/spayed.

5. Keep a leash and collar on both dogs, when you're with them-- so that you can start correcting the aggression.


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Territorial Rottweiler Mix

by Brooke

Our lab (left) and Brave (right)

Our lab (left) and Brave (right)

Our lab (left) and Brave (right)
Brave (left), Tucker (back/middle), and Logan (right)
Our blind dog, Tucker (left) and Brave (right)

I adopted a Rottweiler mix, named Brave, about 5 months ago. He currently lives with my parents and their 2 dogs, while I am away at college. It seems that whenever I come to visit he gets overly territorial of his toys, our property, and myself. My parent's claim that he especially acts this way when I am around, but they are busy and may not notice the signs.

Most of the time (99%) he is amazing with our other dogs, and they do not have altercations, but while I was visiting he got in 2 fights with our lab. When the fights happen, there is never blood drawn, and neither even make contact with each other. But they show more aggressive tendencies, and it is a lot different than when they are playing. Usually a fight begins when one of the other dogs comes close to my dog's toys, and especially his bones. We do not buy specific toys or bones with any of the dogs, but Brave seems to think they are all his and does not share well at random times. He growls, and if one of the dogs touches or looks at "his property" there is a risk of an attack. Let me explain again that these are rare occasions that he growls or gets possessive, but it seems these occasions become more frequent when I am around.

While I was visiting this weekend Brave attacked a dog in the neighborhood. He was with me, and I saw the dog coming so I grabbed his collar and took him into our yard. Brave is strong and pulled his way our of my grasp, and when the other dog and he were sniffing each other I saw his fur raise, and heard a low grown, and before I had time to grab him he was attacking the other dog. The neighbor dog did not fight back, and no blood was drawn, but it was very scary. I was able to grab Brave, and as soon as he felt me he stopped. I felt terrible.

I love Brave, and he and I have a really strong bond, and I will do anything to help him. He knows how to "stay" and "come" but it you do not catch a distraction ahead of time, he will not listen. All I want is advice on how to fix Brave's aggression. I do not know if there are any training facilities that specialize in this type of territorial aggression, or if there are tips you may have. He really is a wonderful dog, and would never hurt a human. I want to be able to have him around other dogs and not worry about him getting aggressive at any instance.

Thank you for your time.

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Fighting Dogs
by: Adam G. Katz

You need to:

1. Establish yourself as the pack leader.

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

3. Do not leave these dogs together unsupervised.

4. Get the dogs fixed/neutered/spayed.

5. Keep a leash and collar on both dogs, when you're with them-- so that you can start correcting the aggression.

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

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