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01-06-2014 01:42 PM
Originally Posted by Shepmix View Post
I want to get him in obedience classes but he is too aggressive towards other dogs.
I have a dog like this. My advise is to find a good trainer who will work with you and the dog. I took my dog to a new trainer starting last January. We worked him on one side of the training center with a low fence (like those used in Conformation rings) between us and the rest of the class. Very slowly we worked our way closer to the fence near the other dogs. We used food to reward the positive interactions. If he went over threshold, we moved back away from the other dogs and let him regain his composure. It took 6 months before we were able to join the other dogs on their side of the fence. He is never going to be totally trustworthy around other dogs. The trainer has taught us how to control the situation and how to handle any unwanted outbursts. It required a lot of work on focus and learning Thor's body language so that I can recognize a potential bad situation before it happens and act accordingly.

Good luck and don't give up hope.
01-06-2014 03:55 AM
David Winners Are you exercising the snot out of the dog? If he is frustrated and has a bunch of energy to burn, it can manifest itself in different ways.

I would start a leadership program like NILIF, and an every day rain our shine exercise program age appropriate for the puppy. Lots of engagement training with markers. Lots of play walks on a long line with training mixed in. Start working on positive obedience training right away.

I think he's just bored. Real dominant aggression is rare in a dog that young. He's probably playing rough. After you implement the above programs, if he is still playing too rough, you will be able to manage these behaviors through obedience.

As far as board and train. I have done it for people that have real problems and no clue. I do it for all my rescues. Once the dog understands proper communication and has some obedience it is easier for the new owners to get a handle on things. That being said, I spend about as much time with the owners as the dog so they have the tools necessary to continue where we leave off. I certainly don't claim to produce turn key dogs.

David Winners
01-06-2014 02:51 AM
llombardo I wouldn't send a dog away for training either, its not going to help you learn anything. My dog couldn't go to group classes for some time. I worked my butt off getting him right. I even refused private training. It took me some time, but I found a good training place and we have never looked back.
01-05-2014 11:12 PM
Shepmix I'm in central Texas. Both dogs are neutered.
01-05-2014 10:55 PM
DutchKarin I just encourage you to also get some recommendations of good trainers in the area. I went through 2 trainers and then found one that works for me and 2 private sessions and $110, and we are well on our way. My dog is not mean we just had some control issues, but with a good trainer I understood the causes and how to successfully redirect him.

Where do you live? Is this dog neutered?
01-05-2014 10:41 PM
my boy diesel does the guy have a website?
if it's "old school" trainig
it could be quite aversive techniques which could do more harm than good.
01-05-2014 09:50 PM
Shepmix Well, I typically wouldn't jump on it either, but I have owned many dogs and never had issues with training like this. I feel like if its best done in a professionals hands, so be it. I am willing to try for the little guy because I rescued him for a reason and don't want to get into a rehoming situation if I can help it.
01-05-2014 09:46 PM
my boy diesel i'd never send my dog away for training, for free or for thousands :-/
01-05-2014 09:45 PM
Originally Posted by my boy diesel View Post
I want to get him in obedience classes but he is too aggressive towards other dogs.

did the trainer tell you that or are you assuming?
if you're simply assuming stop by the training place with him
and let the trainer make that decision and you might
be surprised
Yes, this is what I was told originally.

I just found a trainer in my area who worked with military dogs for 27 years and apparently has some phenomenal results with his live-in program in which the dog lives with him for 3 weeks and is trained and socialized in public places, in home, with other dogs, people, etc. He is going to come over for a consult this week and see what he thinks. Pretty hefty price tag in the neighborhood of a couple thousand dollars but I know it'll be worth it if his claims are true. The testimonials are pretty powerful. Our conversation on the phone makes me hopeful.

Does anyone know of this kind of training program?
01-05-2014 09:32 PM
my boy diesel I want to get him in obedience classes but he is too aggressive towards other dogs.

did the trainer tell you that or are you assuming?
if you're simply assuming stop by the training place with him
and let the trainer make that decision and you might
be surprised
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