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how to stop my dog being aggressive when on his lead

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karren
Joined May 2008
92 posts

my lovely staffyx boxer boy is 2 years old this feb and has gone very aggressive when on his lead and we go past some dogs not all dogs but some he go's mad jumping in the air and like he would ripe them up its only gone like this since the summer and i dont know how to stop it or why he is doing it cus when he is of lead he is everone ,s best mate .. do's anyone have the same problem or tell me what to do to stop this .as he is such a lovely boy i dont want him getting a bad name ..


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Monday, 20 December 2010

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Ant&DecLover
Joined Sep 2010
285 posts

Hello my suggestion would be when you come across another dog make him sit and when he sits and dose not lunge forward give him a treat, use a food which he don't have such as maybe chicken and use that as his treat,i used to use sausages and that would be the only time she would have it, Doing this would make him understand other dogs are not a threat and will be rewarded with a tasty treat

the other thing you could do is as soon as he spots a dog and he gose for it qickly turn around and walk in the opposit direction, continue that untill he learns lunging at another dog won't get him far. as soon as you can walk past a dog with out him going for him give him a treat and lots of prasie, remmember Praise is the most important thing while training any dog :)

hope that helped :) Merry christmas and have a good 2011 xxx


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Monday, 20 December 2010

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ecookie
Joined Apr 2010
2324 posts

has he been to a dog training club????

Monday, 20 December 2010

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karren
Joined May 2008
92 posts

thanks katie for that i will try it tomorrow when we go out walking. he dosnt lunge he jumps 6 foot in the air and barks at me likes he is saying let me get them ..


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Monday, 20 December 2010

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Janine
Joined Jul 2007
1436 posts

My dog is exactly the same but will also go for people if they try to touch her. I spend half my life telling people not to touch as she may bite! You wouldnt believe how many idiots say, Oh shes ok. then she starts growling at them. It restricts where i take her as I cant be in confined spaces with her, such as bootsales as there are too many people about and i just dont have enough eyes!! LOL We have had her 3 1/2 years and she has NEVER bitten anyone. She is very hard work though!! She is a different dog as soon as you remove her lead.


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Monday, 20 December 2010

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cherylmoon
Joined Aug 2006
115 posts

helloooo

I have a new dog, Oscar, and he has behaved similarly when on his lead, though being a shi'tzhu means he doesnt jump 6 foot in the air... but the rest is the same!

what I did (and it appears to be working) is to quietly walk on.... ignoring him and as a result he has to move with me, being as he is attached to his lead, which of course I am holding. Initially it wasnt very pleasant, but then I didnt expect it to be. He is gradually learning that this behaviour doesnt get my attention, or anyone elses (they see me ignoring it and appear to do the same, although some people back off, not unsurprisingly!) so I dont know if you can do something similar, being as your dog is that much bigger.

I hope it helps, as I know just how limiting this must behaviour is for you, and for your dog. I would also suggest taking your dog to training classes as it will get them used to other dogs. I will be doing this as from next year.

good luck! X


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Monday, 20 December 2010

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bones
Joined Aug 2009
6891 posts

is he neutured??


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Monday, 20 December 2010

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Sprollie Mad
Joined Dec 2009
4758 posts

I had this earlier in the year with one of my dogs - although his lead aggression stemmed from being attacked by another dog that was off lead .... and then it happened again with 2 labs trying to tear him to bits. The Lab attack was the final straw for him so at 9 years old he went from being everyones mate and friendly to everything he met, to an evil little scrote when on his lead, and even attacked his two doggie best mates on different occasions - although in his own defence, there was never any biting involved as it was all snarling and growling and trying to get the other dog down so he could stand over it. But horrible for other owners AND me to see him doing it.

I got some great advice from some of the peeps on here (mainly Bones), some from my dad, and some of my own common sense.
I found that the main thing was that I was escalating the problem as I was tensing up and tightening my grip on the lead when another dog was approaching us, which in turn was winding him up and making him feel restricted and tense.
I started with the two dogs he had "attacked" and started walking them side by side. We just ignored the initial growling and kept walking on in a determined manner lol They'd do the "lets all pee on everything" as we were walking down the road, and then you could visible see the tension going out of him. Once they were all calm and walking nicely side by side and not staring each other out, we let them off their leads together. Not a single snarl or growl.
I found that trying to get him to sit and take a treat and ignore other dogs approaching wasnt working as he was so focussed, so any time we met a dog that he was looking like he wanted to have a go with, I would ask the other owner if they could stop, explained briefly what the problem was, and then ask if they would mind if I walked along with them for a short way to get my own dog to chill out.
I dont know how well socialised your own dog is - but mine had always been a very well socialised and friendly dog - AND he is entire. Now, if he shows any signs of the tensing up (which occasionally does happen when he's on his lead) I make a real effort not to try holding him back, I relax my hold on him, I let him say hello to the other dog if the other owner is happy for me to do so. If I hold him back the snarling starts, if I give him slack and dont tense, he's all waggy and friendly.
He's not shown any signs of aggression for about 6 weeks now and yesterday we met a lady with 2 collies up on the moors that I hadnt seen before. My two were off lead and went over to say hello to hers, and she sort of turned her back on her own dogs and said "My male isnt very friendly with others, but if I try to call him back he will attack so if I ignore him he will probably only snarl" so we left him and Murf sniffing and saying hello and then the Collie had a right old snap at Murf .... Murf backed down straight away not even attempting to snap back, and we just left them to it and eventually they started playing. I couldnt have done that 3 months ago.

I know it's a long one so apologies for the essay lol But I know how upsetting it can be with your dog turning evil on a lead and how people look at you when you've got a dog that looks like it's the most badly behaved and aggressive animal in the world. My own dogs aggression was fear based - so if you know of anything that may have sparked your own dog's aggression then that's your starting point.
Good luck with him xx

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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

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tanzi_07
Joined Feb 2010
5868 posts

Great advice from peeps, my old dog used to be very similar and i put her in a halti or gentle leader then i had more contol over her in situations, she didnt like the halti one little bit but it worked wonders for us :) good luck x

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

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bones
Joined Aug 2009
6891 posts

hey sprollie i havnt said anything yet lol ya nutter, psml, i will now though,
so ok i have a staffy cagney she is the best dog off lead never evern bothers with dogs offlead just somehow finds a bottle and runs aboot the place minding her own beans haha, on lead sometimes she has "red zone moments" however this often is due to the energy projected by the oncoming dog if other dogs on lead are around her are calm and uninterested she is the same if a dog is excited howling barking she wanrts so bad to correct them she goes into the zone and will literally bite out at anything, near to me was a man with a gsd and a lab in the garden the gsd wanted to kill everything that walked by his gate, this was the first time i had seen caggers in this state, blinded by anything biting out and she caught my leg in her madness, by the time i had the correction in progress the silly man draged his dog away...gggrrr...so next time i went past his house the gsd had gone me thinks he was to much for the man but he still had the lab so off i went facing this redzone head on as opne should, i walked past the gate and yes caggers was fixated on this gate, we stopped she sniffed at the lab the moment she even lip curled i pinned her to the ground forcing her to submit to the lab who was a very submissive little thing i waited until cagney was calm and not fixating on the dog anymore asked her to get up and gave her a fuss for relaxing, i understand boxers are big dogs, often dogs on lead have to choose "fight or flight" however if u can catch the fight before it escalates by distraction correction and a follow through u will in the end train your dog out of this, carry a toy, a spray bottle of water, a bottle of stones, anything u can distract the dog with before it escalates but u must correct and distract at the same level as your dog if you are not hard enough nio your correction u will be ignored, saying all this its hard enough to know how another dog is going to be around your dog when meeting almost strangers when out and about, what i will say is never pressume anything remain calm, try n guage the energy of an oncoming dog if u feel scared or tense or unsure of whats going to happen you will project this to your dog he may feel he needs to protect you, get in first with a defensive stance or may want to run as he feels you are worried of the interaction, try n clear your head but allways remain calm, using your dogs name to correct wont help so choose a word he know s means "no" or whatever, erm....its early im tried lol coffee time for me


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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

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Sprollie Mad
Joined Dec 2009
4758 posts

Oy Bones - I was on about the great advice you gave to me with Murf lol I wasnt being spookily psychic or anything hehehe x


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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

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Tasha
Joined May 2010
268 posts

I agree entirely with sprollie, my terrier is a swine on the lead, and although only small she comes across like she wants to rip every other dogs throat out! she will not sit ignore etc as she is so focused on the other dog, but i have found that the more relaxed i am and the more i ignore the behaviour the less vocal she is. If i see another dog i leave the lead long and try not to automatically wrap it up around my hand, i ask the other dogs owners if she can say hello, expalining she is all mouth! lol and she is absolutley fine. Off the lead she completely ignores other dogs anyway - she has got a lot better since being spayed i have to say x

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

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karren
Joined May 2008
92 posts

hi yes we had him done at 5months . and today he was even worse he was off lead when a man and his wippet came near deffa went over all waggie and friendly the man had his dog on lead and swang his dog out of the way of deffa . deffa growled and jumped at the dog the dog sliped its lead and ran so deffa ran after it for about 5 mins in to the next field all the time they were gone the man was going mad at me ijust said look i am so sorry he has never done anything like this befor . then deffa and the other dog came running back to us they were fine i dont know why he went like that i dont no if it was because the man swang his dog out the way that made he go like that .. i will just have to make sure if i see any other dogs he is on lead was it my falut ??????


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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

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Tasha
Joined May 2010
268 posts

Hi 5 months seems a little young?? up my neck of the woods i know most vets won't entertain the idea until they are at least 6 months, some older depending on the breed. Anyway, have you looked to see if there are any dog training classes local to you, that could help? If its turning into a problem thats not just a lead issue i would be advise looking into classes or even 1 to 1 help. Until this is sorted i would definately advise keeping him on a lead when around other dogs when out and about, as if anything were to happen you would be responsible as he isn't classed as being under close control. x

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

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Yolanda
Joined Sep 2010
1672 posts

Sprollie mad and bones, i have read this thread and find your comments and advice helpfull
I have a longcoat GSD whos now 4yrs old and very beautiful. Shes aggressive towards dogs and people, although not my kids and family, shes fantastic with them and just want to play.
She got had a go at by my mums dog at 6months old and had a hole through the top of her muzzle and her nose had holes too as when she was bleeding and breathing the blood would spurt out the holes with every breath (she got worse after this happend). i know iv probley made it worse because with her being a gsd and people being scared of them etc, i always find myself tighting the lead and holding her closer to me so as to controll her, i get nervous and scared when other dogs and people approach now (cos of the way she is) and know it goes down the lead to her, its very hard for me to stop this as im trying to protect her too.
I dont enjoy my walks now as im on edge the whole time, i only let her off when i can see there is no one about, she has fantastic recall and sit to put her lead on etc, and finds and brings her toy back every time without fail, but as soon as shes put on the lead thats it shes on gard and i cant wait to get home.
I now have a baby and am scared to go out on walks with her as i know she needs my full attention for obvious reasons, sometimes i feel im at my wits end :-/
Before this GSD i had another who had to be put to sleep at 11yrs old due to cancer up he bottom, i never had any of these problems with her
Makes me sad cos i love her to peices and shes such a beautifull girl and fantastic at home

Wednesday, 22 December 2010
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