|08-28-2013 10:46 AM|
It's weird because I take walks around my neighborhood quite a bit. This reaction only happens on the street our house is on. The other day he was barking and lunging at a sweet older lady that lives 2 doors down, I was shocked! One street over or anywhere else for that matter and he just ignores passers-by. I've had a fearful dog before , and this one is very confident and happy go lucky most of the time.
Regardless of why, sounds like I just need to get out there and start working with him to focus on me. Although it's pretty crowded with homes, a couple hours can go by without any people passing. Kind of an odd mix up here, some of our neighbors are musicians or writers and hole up inside for days. We live up in the hills so not much foot traffic either. But I have to make it work somehow! Thanks for the advice.
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|08-28-2013 08:50 AM|
Need to snap him out of it. My female bullmastiff mix went through a similar time getting suspicious at people entering cars or doors around the entrance of my house. It was around the 9-10 month stage. She was fear aggressive but is still a very good guard dog but her guardian instincts were way to high at that time. Over time she got better and accepted all these distractions. It did take a lot of work though. She did get corrected pretty heavily as she was a danger to society.
Any ways, Good to spend some time out side your house. Don't rush. Show the dog it is normal and he will get corrected for getting fixated on strangers. Go and find some place where you can watch the world go by with the dog. He will start to relax more.
What ever you do won't affect how well the dog guards the house when necessary if the instinct is there.
|08-28-2013 02:22 AM|
With territorial aggression it's usually the opposite. Agression is on, what the dog considers, his "territory" - that is usually defined as the property that the dog is kept on. So the fact that he is getting defensive when outside, leads me to believe that it's just fear based aggression. Hackles up indicate sharpness, the dog is getting defensive around unfamilar stimuli in his environment that he percieves as threatening. The dog has to feel genuinely threatened for this to happen.
So the first step is understanding that your dogs response is fear based. Then it's up to you to decide how you want to deal with it. I ge tthe impression that you want to eliminate this behaviour. If so, you need to work on desensitizing your dog to the things that he is having a reaction to. Learn to engage with your dog and do this at distances that don't elicit the wrong response from your dog, then gradually increase the distance. Praise and reqard him for engaging with YOU in the presence of distractions BUT don't set your dog up for failure by approaching to close.
Dog aggression can often be a problem with male dogs. Sometimes all you can do is keep it at a level that is managaeble.
All dogs have protective instincts, but it's unrealistic to expect the to conform to our expectations of what "we want" from our dog
|08-28-2013 12:17 AM|
Overall Remy is doing great. He's a one year old neutered male. Good on walks, at agility, he's also doing well on off leash hikes. Does great with guests. No aggression, just playful and friendly.
But... Different story outside on our street. He barks at the neighbor's dogs and at people walking past. I can tell its not being playful because he gets the "body mohawk." Nothing traumatic has ever happened to him around here and we are friendly with the neighbors.
I want him to have protective instincts but only when necessary. Is he protecting his territory? This is clearly unwanted behavior. Any suggestions on how to address? We do most of our training with clicker & treats although I do corrections when necessary.
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