Laredo has become very agressive towards little dogs. I don't know why, but he hates them. He playes with big dogs just fine (as long as we are out of our yard) but he acts like he wants to kill smaller dogs.
A few weeks ago we were coming out of our driveway to bring Laredo and Dakota for a walk when the neighbor's Shih Tzu mix got out of the door and came charging at us. That dog has tried to attack Laredo since he was a baby and has bit me before.
I tried to get the dog to go home but it came straight towards Laredo trying to attack him. Laredo grabbed him by his neck and tossed him around like he would a toy. It didn't hurt the other dog at all but I don't want him to do that.
I can control Laredo as long as the other dog stays away but if the other dog comes towards him all hell breaks loose.
I don't know what to do if a little dog comes towards us again. I'm afraid to bring the dogs on a walk now. What if Laredo kills that dog? Or another small dog? It wouldn't be our fault since he's on a leash, but I would feel terrible if he hurt or killed a dog.
How can I get him out of this? I socialised him with small dogs and big dogs as a puppy.
I know I'm just reading the obvious portion of your post, but wouldn't it be a normal thing to react if an agressive dog (large or small) came charging?
I can't believe the smaller dog is still able to run around freely...
I know I didn't offer any advice-sorry for that :( I just thought the reaction would be normal and if it happens with other smaller dogs, could it be him recalling his bad experience with the neighborhood meanie?
I think I would have a talk with your neighbor and voice your concerns about their dog running free and attacking other dogs and people. I would express to them that you don't want their dog getting hurt. If they don't hear you and still allow their dog out freely I would call animal control for the sake of the dog. I would have to agree with Pebbies seems to be more a defensive move on the part of your dog. He is only protecting you.
He is associating all little dogs with the little nuisance in your neighborhood. He just needs to be resocialized with other small dogs to understand that they are all not the same. If you have a friend that has small dogs I would start having doggy play dates. I would keep him on lead and use a mussel until he has become more relaxed with them. IMO
azynda I really worry when a rescue will place a dog with issues like this. Yes, you said he was placed in a home with no other small animals, but what happens in a case like this one? And what if he gets loose from the adoptee, and kills the neighbors little dog. I don't like to knock any organization that works so hard to help place unwanted animals, but there is a certain liability when a dog with a known issue such as this is placed. If your shelter or organization placed this dog and it did kill another small animal, your shelter/organization could be held legally accountable.
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion
Windy Valley, Very true. Sorry, I still think that every rescue has the same guidelines as ours... I'm a "newbie" so I'm continually learning ours, it is a bit unique in that once the dog has been temperament tested by our in house animal behaviorist and a flaw is found the dog MUST go through training and a certificate must be provided at the end of the 3 months (it's in the contract and our founder is very STRICT and actually DOES the follow-ups herself)
We even provide the information to the new owners for local animal behaviorists and trainers in the area (who will provide a BIG discount to the owners that adopt through our organization).
Lucky, for this hound, they were able to find close friends of the organization who understand the prey drive, have a lot of fenced in land, have had hounds before, and were willing to work with him. (Also in his extreme case the animal behaviorist volunteered to came to the Fosterís home 2 times a week to help work on this problem and the owners agreed to continue with the same program).
Being that most of these dogs come out of a big city such as Miami they literally have a day (sometimes hours) to evaluate and pull them out before they are euthanized and being that they are shelter dogs some have not been through the best of treatment, (so as you can imagine having an animal behaviorist in our program helps a lot!). Itís all apart of it, our organization even microchips the dogs back to the rescue to ensure their future safety as well.
I am going to start fostering soon (as we are finally moving onto some land) and in the case we may receive a hound I was going to run the techniques I learned on here, by her, to see what her take would be on it. As a volunteer, I even have to take a course and pass before I am allowed to foster.
She is an older woman who is straight to the point when it comes to problem dogs. For me being a twenty something "newbie" it actually helps to ask her if she would do it this way, versus which way she would do it... if that makes any sence? *She likes to laugh, letís just put it that way* =)
Sorry if I made anyone question rescue organizations, be it the one I volunteer for or others, most have stellar credibilities and reputations for placing the right dog with the right person. I am very disappointed in myself for not making myself clear and making rescue seem like they are just trying to "place problem dogs on anyone".
MOST work VERY hard to make sure these dogs receive excellent care and training in their foster homes and then continue in their new homes. With strict follow-ups our founder ensures that these dogs never have to go back to the shelter and have found truly found their forever homes.
*I now realize that instead of questioning the problem I should have recomended an animal behaviorist, as they can usually determine exactly what and why the animal is reacting to and how to deal with the problem.