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Old 11-24-2012, 01:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I live in a very remote area, I have taken my dog everywhere with me, trying to get him used to life. I am going to be returning to work soon, I had to have a surgery so have had time with him. I have tried to get a trainer, etc. to help. They dont live anywhere near me and are not willing to travel in bad weather, snow is on the way here. So, my question still is, has there been dogs who can overcome agression towards other dogs after they are over a year old? I really dont believe the stupid saying that you cant teach an old dog new tricks, I think its bull****! If you have an animal as smart as these dogs are, they can learn at any age, thats what I choose to believe. Anyone else out there with that kind of thinking?
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am not knowledgeable about temperment to help you with your question, but I hope that you can find a solution to work for your boy. Hopefully someone will come on here who has more experience with this to help you.
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Dogs can overcome aggression, socialization, fear etc.. it just takes training. Is your dog aggressive?
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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A FA dog can be trained to tolerate some dogs and ignore others. It is a slow process and becomes management, knowing your dog's threshold. Many times it is a genetic - it is what it is. There can be improvement but there will be limits.

With my dog, I've had the most success using the BAT method. Others on here have used LAT with good success.

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Also BowWowFlix has a great DVD selection for the BAT method , as well for Patricia McConnel
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've always had a "nothing that can't be licked without some work" attitude, but finding fear aggression can't be treated or worked with on determination alone. It is a long, long process. And I call it a process for a reason. I'm the same boat you are, remote place. I also have limited funds. I've often felt like I take two steps back and one forward, but overall it has gotten better. Not what I want it to be, but better. Whole new learning curve. Twyla's resources have been very helpful for mucking it out on my own until I can get outside help from not a trainer, but a specialist who understands that this is very different than traditional training.
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