Hi guys, I havent been on here in ages but I need some help. Recently I moved to college and have been lucky enough to attend one of the few pet friendly colleges. I brought Brooks with me and it didnt take long to figure out that she has a serious aggression towards other dogs. I am in a dorm full of girls with their dogs so it is impossible to avoid it. I am at a complete loss as to what to do. I have to warn other pet owners not to get too close because Brooks will try to fight. I think she is like this because about a year ago, she was at my dads and his german shepherd attacked her. A week ago I drove her back home because I felt the most responsible thing was to take her back. The look in her eyes when I left was horrible and I miss her like crazy. My family are not dog people and they want me to get rid of her, of course I cant do this. Im at my wits end. I really want to bring her back but Im concerned about what would happen if someone walked up to Brooks with their dog without me noticing in time. What can I do to stop the aggression? I need help.
One of the things I did was take my dog to petco and made him sit off to the side next to me of course and I had treats in my pocket, everytime a dog would go by I would distract him with a treat. If he tried to move then I would give the "leave it" or "stay command" and give him more teats. The dog will learn you and the treats are much more important than the other dogs. You can do the same when going on walks. I hope this helps.
The best thing for you to do is to find a good dog trainer in your area that works with aggression. Ask around at the local vets, and boarding kennels and try to find a good trainer. I am a dog trainer and have had and dealt with aggressive dogs. This is the advice I would give anyone who has an aggressive dog, because if you get bad advice online and it back fires on you, which without seeing the dog behave around other dogs, it very well could back fire, you are the one in a bad spot. Just my 2 cents :)
We should strive to be the kind of people our dogs think we are.
I have owned dozens of adult dogs over the past 15 years. I have never had any that were aggressive towards other dogs more than once. You have to gain control of the situation. It should be 100% not acceptable for you dog to challenge other dogs in your presence.
We have 2 working/intact male stud dogs. I know they probably wish each other dead. You dog should be responding to you, not the other dogs.
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