I have an almost 10 month old red male Doberman that I got from a breeder. Both parents have good temperments. My puppy, Krueger, has become fear aggressive ever since he was attacked by another dog at the dog park. I have taken him to a behavior specialist who is helping me help him. At the first visit he was barking at large objects he had never seen before and his fur was up. He has never been aggressive with me or anyone that comes into my house, but he has barked and seemed fearful/nervous of small children. They can eventually pet him if they aren't screaming or jumping around. He has also barked and growled at a guy jogging towards me on a dirt road who had a hat and a scarf covering part of his face. Krueger is very lovable and VERY willing to please me when given commands, he learns super fast. So my question is- can this behavior be corrected? Will it get worse? He was fixed one month ago so I'm hoping that will help somewhat. The behaviorist says that dogs that become aggressive towards people need to be put down. This is freaking me out a little...Any help or advice will be appreciated.
I have a dog similar to yours. A dog that's unsure of the world. What we need to teach them is the world is safe. I do this very slow...because to fast seems to push the dog into more stress. You need to learn to see signs of stress. If my dog starts to get upset.
Your dog I am going say is showing signs of fear not aggression. The dog is not wanting to engage, the dog wants the stress to go away.
I take my dog to places where there are stressors. but I keep my dog far away from them. Then slowly, over the course of a long time I will try to get closer. If I see the dog feels pressured i back off. like the dog starts staring at people or objects. thats a sign the dog is getting concerned.
Dr. Patrica McConnel has a good book on fearful dogs. Research, Research, Research. And do not take every trainers word a face value. I am sure this dog can be helped. We just need to go slow.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."