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12-10-2013 05:06 PM
debbiebrown Absolutely! its a disaster waiting to happen.............take care of the problems you have first...........you will be doing yourself, your current dog and your future pup a Huge favor......
12-10-2013 10:00 AM
MaggieRoseLee
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Originally Posted by debbiebrown View Post
i would wait to get a puppy until you have had a chance to work on things with your current dog. anytime you have a problem dog that really needs to be addressed before adding another. because no matter how careful you are things do rub off on impressionable pups. get a private trainer and focus on the issues you have, it may take a while, but you can get to a better place. then at that time you will be more prepared and can experience the joy of a new pup without the stress of other issues.
I'm 100% in agreement with this. I purposely have a 5 year split in age between my dogs EXACTLY so I can spend the time to train, go to classes, socialize and make one dog 'practically perfect' before even thinking about adding another.

Our dogs absolutely pick up things from the other dogs in the family. So if the older dogs are good, then it's wonderful. If the older dogs have issues then I've just now DOUBLED the problem and usually the older dog gets worse with the 'reinforcements' joining the mess!!

12-10-2013 06:12 AM
debbiebrown i would wait to get a puppy until you have had a chance to work on things with your current dog. anytime you have a problem dog that really needs to be addressed before adding another. because no matter how careful you are things do rub off on impressionable pups. get a private trainer and focus on the issues you have, it may take a while, but you can get to a better place. then at that time you will be more prepared and can experience the joy of a new pup without the stress of other issues.
12-05-2013 10:48 AM
pets4life I agree with bailif some dogs are also sharper than others and will see something as a threat that might not be, these dogs are usually for more experienced people but it doesnt mean they wont tear someone a new one when things go bad, the problem is these days most seem to be nerve bags that is why people will label them that but in reality aftering seeing a lot work in pp you realize nothing is really what it seems.. SOme dogs have a lot of social aggression.


Like the other person said if the dog is very stable in public but aggressive around the house sounds like territorial dominance to me.
12-04-2013 04:23 PM
bill Also boomer could also be right.really need to see dog

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12-04-2013 04:21 PM
bill
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Again it's not really important for changing the behavior itself but protection from a threat that isn't classified a threat to us but is to the dog is still protection. It doesn't mean the dog is super fearful per se it just means there is a difference in opinion between what constitutes a threat between you and the dog.

In protection work the dog isn't usually allowed to make that determination on his own, it's instilled in training or put on commands. The dog flipping out or reacting to littler stuff doesn't always mean nervy sometimes it's just boredom and it can be relieved through the addictive reactive process I described above. Sometimes it's mistakes in leash work that build drive and frustration and that becomes misinterpreted. Could be the dogs drives for resource guarding behavior are stronger and you're seeing a reflection of that.

You could be right the dog could be nervy but to just assume so based on what was written by the op is in my opinion jumping to conclusions a bit. Ones that I've seen start fights on here time and time again especially if someone brought into question the value of the dog. Not saying you did that, just saying I see it a lot.

I'd hate to see some of you guys with malinois you'd just go assuming the dog is a bag of nerves because it's reactive. If you had a malinois that isn't leaning on the reactive side you might want to worry a bit.

In short we don't know what we don't know and it doesn't really matter that much. The solution is generally pretty similar if not identical in this situation. Also how do you expect a dog to know what and who is a threat and what isn't without training.
In my humble opinion you hit the nail on the head! Bill

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12-04-2013 04:08 PM
Baillif Yeah and that was just interrupting it isn't even a set behavior yet. If you really get in there with a serious desensitization routine he will come outta this. I doubt he is going to be a very hard case.
12-04-2013 04:05 PM
OhWhyChyGuy UPDATE: I waited for my neighbor to come home (which set him off yesterday). As he pulled into his driveway I had Maverick lay down and kept his focus with a treat. He looked at him a few times while he checked his mail, but continued to keep looking at me for a reward. No barking, no fixation, didn't even get up to address the uniformed man. Progress. YES.
12-04-2013 03:54 PM
OhWhyChyGuy you weren't kidding! O_O
12-04-2013 03:45 PM
Baillif PS try not to get lost in his dead soulless eyes...lol
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