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12-20-2013 05:21 PM
lionswings Took her to the vet, all is good medically. She sees back to normal. We have had supervised contact and all she has done is lick him a lot. I have used the command "Be Nice" when giving her a toy or tread and she take it gently. So when she has approached him I use that command and reward her.
12-20-2013 05:16 PM
lionswings
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That's something else I wouldn't allow either, it sounds very predatory. You need to find a way to prevent her from staring in the first place, (management), or interrupt it immediately and redirect her attention.
Oh I do, whenever she starts to do that I correct it right then.
12-19-2013 10:14 PM
pets4life direct cold staring is a threat

a dog will do that to another dog when it threatens it, thats why in protection training a decoy will stare at a dog in the eye and they go nuts and it brings out their aggression

I can do it to my dog cause i am her owner but if i do it to my friends rottie he will react not that i did it on purpose (i am not that foolish)
12-19-2013 05:37 PM
Cassidy's Mom
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I'm REALLY worried about her attacking our other dog. She just stares at him like she does if she sees a squirrel outside...you know, the full concentration where the house could on fire and she still wouldn't take her eyes off him.
That's something else I wouldn't allow either, it sounds very predatory. You need to find a way to prevent her from staring in the first place, (management), or interrupt it immediately and redirect her attention.
12-19-2013 05:31 PM
pets4life She might try to kill him, he keeps shaking like that, I have seen this before it might trigger another attack because hes scared of her now. She can kill him pretty easy if she uses her jaws and is biting for real.
12-18-2013 04:13 PM
lionswings Thank you all for the replies. I made a vet appointment for tomorrow morning just to rule out any medical issues.

She was doing better about barking at dogs walking on the sidewalk, I was doing the distractions with a ball or treats. I think that is something that we could overcome.

I'm REALLY worried about her attacking our other dog. She just stares at him like she does if she sees a squirrel outside...you know, the full concentration where the house could on fire and she still wouldn't take her eyes off him.

I have not worked on "leave it" so to speak, but there have been things on the ground that she has tried to get and I tell her "no" and she leaves them alone.

She really is a wonderful dog besides this. She sits, shakes, comes and opens our bedroom and bathroom doors (not good).

I just don't understand how she could go from running around the house and yard playing with the other dog, to attacking him every time she sees him the next day.
12-18-2013 03:37 PM
Eiros
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Does she know "leave it"?

One of the people whose dog I help train had this issue with a puppy attacking their older dog starting around 8 months of age and practicing "leave it" worked for them. I don't think it was as bad as your situation, but she said she was afraid the puppy would literally kill the other dog. This puppy was also very reactive to people going by the house, unfamiliar sounds, etc.

She practiced this by:
Increasing the dogs exposure to things that arent "hers" to handle and then teaching "leave it".
Taking the dog out on leash and teaching her to "leave" other dogs alone that pass by: turning her around and walking in the opposite direction if she starts barking and lunging, forcing her to sit calmly as other dogs walk by.
Having her pup practice leaving alone other things that aren't hers - your items, guests, etc. and practicing with treats and toys with a release command.

This might not help everyone, but it helped her and we taught Warden "leave it" because he was also reactive to strangers and other dogs when we got him. He's gotten a lot better but I dont think these cases are as bad as yours :-(

Hope I at least helped a little... good luck
Of course I also forgot to mention rewarding good behavior and boost your dogs confidence as much as possible... Reward when they look to you for guidance, any sort of focus in these situations, etc.
12-18-2013 03:35 PM
Eiros Does she know "leave it"?

One of the people whose dog I help train had this issue with a puppy attacking their older dog starting around 8 months of age and practicing "leave it" worked for them. I don't think it was as bad as your situation, but she said she was afraid the puppy would literally kill the other dog. This puppy was also very reactive to people going by the house, unfamiliar sounds, etc.

She practiced this by:
Increasing the dogs exposure to things that arent "hers" to handle and then teaching "leave it".
Taking the dog out on leash and teaching her to "leave" other dogs alone that pass by: turning her around and walking in the opposite direction if she starts barking and lunging, forcing her to sit calmly as other dogs walk by.
Having her pup practice leaving alone other things that aren't hers - your items, guests, etc. and practicing with treats and toys with a release command.

This might not help everyone, but it helped her and we taught Warden "leave it" because he was also reactive to strangers and other dogs when we got him. He's gotten a lot better but I dont think these cases are as bad as yours :-(

Hope I at least helped a little... good luck
12-18-2013 03:08 PM
Sri
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She is not good with any of the other dogs in my neighborhood. People that use to walk their dogs down the sidewalk cross the street to avoid walking in front of my house because she goes crazy barking at them. (We have windows that go to the floor)

We I've taken her to Petsmart there has been issues, I took her to the dog park and I was asked by the regulars not to bring her back. On walks we just avoid other dogs by crossing the street.

I bought her about 3 hours away and I have not been able to get a hold of the breeder for several months.

I am going to take vet to see if there is anything going on. But by appearance and behavior (except with the Bichon) she seems fine. Normal eating, normal poop, normal running and playing in the backyard.
Oh that is so stressful for you! I second Cassidy's mom.

We had a situation with our neighbor's bulldog who was very fence reactive to everyone and everything and ours became that way too. They got into a barking/ running the fence match everytime they were both out at the same time. I am training him out of this by keeping him in the house whenever the other dog is out and just throwing treats on the floor to distract him. Then we progressed to calling him away from the door and havign him sit and lots of treats. I take him out on leash and play with him while the other dog is out. If I am not there ofcourse, forget it. He gets wild. But this is still a huge step up and hopefully will keep getting better.

At the park, I do pretty much the same thing at a distance from other dogs. But instead of playing I do obedience, and make it interesting by running around and feinting, lots of happy sounds, etc. All this while holding on tight to the 6' leash

We also recently used a bark collar for car rides because he started barking at other dogs he sees walking by when he is in the car. After just a day he doesnt bark anymore. Sometimes it is good to interrupt the behaviour because they just ramp themselves up with their barking. If I am able to, I now treat him every time there is a dog on the road.


I hope some of what I wrote will be helpful to you. There is so much material on the web about counter conditioning and modifying reactive dog behaviour. First thing to do though is lots of 'focus and attention on you' training. Hope you will find good resources and work this through.
12-18-2013 02:37 PM
Cassidy's Mom
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She is not good with any of the other dogs in my neighborhood. People that use to walk their dogs down the sidewalk cross the street to avoid walking in front of my house because she goes crazy barking at them. (We have windows that go to the floor)
For starters, I'd nix this right away. Either close the curtains or blinds, or put up a barrier so she can't get close enough to the windows, but do something to prevent her from continuing to practice this behavior. The longer she's allowed to do it, the more entrenched it becomes, and the harder to get rid of.
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