i have a boston terrier he is 3 years old. he is a good dog but has taken to literally attacking other dogs! he has done it for a while now but never use and i cant think of why on earth he is doing it!
i have another boston as well and when max does this she will do it too but wont do it otherwise. i cant take him openly to the dog park anymore, he has to be leashed. he will LITERALLY go up to a big dog and bite him in the face or neck or where ever he can grab him! i am worried about my little psyhco babe. any help would be so much appreciated. he has never been attacked by another dog anywhere either. this is just odd behaviour for him. maybe a small dog syndrom? he is not too bad with small dogs more his size but for him to go up to a black lab or dane and try to bite him is just crazy and the other dog does not show aggression towards him first, max starts it everyt time! help????!!!!
I had a dog in the past that did that. She'd sniff them, all innocent looking, then after a few sniffs, start a fight. I just didn't let her go up to any other dogs. Maybe your dog is protecting you and you need to do some obedience training and change in his mind who is dominant over who and then he might not feel the need to be the protector. Just a guess. My dog never changed, despite a lot of training. I just had to keep her leashed all the time.
Is your Boston neutered? If he is'nt I would get that done. This is common actually, and you must put your dog into obedience classes immediately. First of all, I would get him checked out by your vet, to make sure there is no underlying medical cause for his aggression. Was he well socialized with other dogs as a puppy? This might also be something to work on. The other dog will join in as part of a pack instinct. You would benefit from putting her in obedience as well, if you have not done so already. Do you know the breeder, and did you meet the parents of these dogs? What type of temperment did they have? Bostons don't know they're little dogs, and are not scared of big dogs, usually to their detriment, if they are aggressive towards others as yours is. On the other hand, I have had problems with dominance issues with a few of my males, and they were extremely well trained. I have heard of something called 'rage syndrome', but I still maintain that we as owners have to show that we are the dominant 'dog', and they should listen. I will admit, it has'nt always worked for me. My dogs were well trained, and well socialized, but at the age of 2 1/2 started showing aggression towards their sire. Neither one were neutered, as I had not made up my mind whether to breed them or not, and I was still showing them both. They have both since been neutered, and the aggression is still there. I have to keep them separated from their sire, or a fight will eventually ensue. These are 3 of the sweetest dogs with everybody else, and they're not aggressive towards other strange dogs. I have consulted an animal behaviourist about mine, and he assures me it's a dominance issue. Easy to say, not easy to correct, unfortunately.
***Edited By: Pen2 on 8/27/2007 9:14:27 AM*** Reason: spelling and addition.