|09-12-2013 05:56 PM|
When the dog accepts somebody it will stop behaving aggressively. Then they can give a treat if you wish.
I stopped having people give my dogs treats as usually people have bad timing. It is better to make a dog beg for the treat and when it is calm and submissive then it can be given the treat. A dog who is nervous or fearful will not sit submissively and so should not get the treat.
|09-12-2013 05:53 PM|
|09-12-2013 05:50 PM|
I researched a bit and found that some people don't like this excitement and if it is avoided the dog will be more easy to calm down and modify behavior. I was like how do you avoid it as it is reenforced by everybody greeting the dog in this way.
The easiest way to calm the dog on entry is to ignore it. Here's my theory on entering and keeping the dog calm. It is based on Cesar Millan and Jan Fennel
I walk in, ignore the dogs and make a cup of tea or get a bite to eat. I will acknowledge the dogs after a few minutes. This tells them 'when this guy arrives we relax and wait for affection'. The dogs will be brushed off if jumping or excited.
The act of brushing the dogs off or pushing them and avoiding them jumping up is exciting in itself for a dog, so if the dogs are over excitable, I only open the door a small bit and allow the dog to get my scent and when they relax then I would enter.
At the beginning when you are trying to condition the dog to be relaxed when greeting you can open the door slightly and allow the dog to get your scent wait til it relaxes and then close the door and do it again and again until you see a relaxed dog or pup.
The aim is you walk in and walk out like that is normal and not a big deal for the dog.
|09-12-2013 05:20 PM|
Neutering your dog may or may not help with the FA. Occasionally, it can make it worse. It just depends on the dog. Keep in mind to allow around 6 weeks to allow the hormones to exit his system before making a judgement call of same, better or worse behavior.
I can say with my dog, altering him did increase the aggression.
|09-12-2013 04:26 PM|
He is very excited when he sees me, and even more excited when he sees my girlfriend. To the point where he's jumping all around. I think he's a happy dog. Even when he has an attitude, his tail is usually wagging.
It's something iv never seen. It's like a bi-polar. He will take a treat from someone, give them paw. Lick their hand, and 5 mins later he's lunging at them again.
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|09-12-2013 02:37 PM|
It is not easy. What do you want from the dog.
Maybe the neuter will help him somewhat, I don't know.
Some times the temperament is just a certain way and this doesn't easily fit in with our set ups. If you have noticed an improvement then it may get better in the future.
What were the trainers like. What were they trying to do with the dog?
Are there any group socialization and obedience classes in your area?
My only advice is research dog behavior more and check out as much Dog whisperer and maybe you'll see some tricks you can use with him
The bike is a handy way to give a quick exercise. A muzzle makes sure it can't bite any one. A long line insures he can't run away or towards trouble.
CM's advice of aiming for calm submission in side the house is really good advice too. Is the dog excited with the people he knows? You say he loves you house mates. But is he excited and jumping all around. Does he display separation anxiety?
|09-12-2013 02:07 PM|
Hes been crated at night since the day I brought him home. He likes it. He gets very angry if I bring someone near his crate while the door is closed, but calms down once the door is open.
|09-12-2013 01:41 PM|
|Jax08||My understanding is neutering does not affect a reactive/aggressive dog. If it were a female, that could have some ramifications but males might actually settle down a little. Having said that...fear is an issue all on it's own that may or may not be helped by neutering.|
|09-12-2013 01:15 PM|
I own a fear reactive male. He is great with people, but not so good with other dogs. He is almost seven years old now, and I have spent the vast, vast majority of his life working with him on this issue.
He showed fearful behavior towards other dogs from the very beginning. It ramped up from there, mostly due to my poor handling.
I had him neutered at 14-15 months of age and it did not make his behavior any worse.
|09-12-2013 01:14 PM|
How long do you have him?
Was he left in a kennel or run for long period before you got him?
Best to ask visitors to not interact or look at the dog and move slowly/
No touch, No talk, and No eye contact
Start to bicycle to with him every day and give him plenty of exercise
He'll have to ignore everything and concentrate on running.
It triggers a better state of mind imo
What is a flop?
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