Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Rhode Island, USA
Re: Foster dog showing aggression towards children
This is a total guess, but it may be the dog showing some insecurity. With missing a leg, he may feel constrained mobility wise, and then be showing aggression towards things that make him nervous and he feels he can't run away from them effectively. Loud noises, fast movement, etc, can all make a dog feel nervous.
I am coming up with this theory from the idea that some on-leash aggression is because the dog feels constrained and then shows "fight" when they cannot go into "flight" mode.
So, my suggestion would be to work on two things: physical therapy and security. With physical therapy, encourage him to move as much as possible and develop his agility. Try to get it so he can move and react quickly and fluidly, as if he weren't missing a leg. He may be able to, but may not psychologically totally get it, so plenty of movement over time should help him getting used to and become comfortable with his new body.
With security, you can work on having him see you as a source of security, and to realize that running and screaming kids is not such a stressful thing. You can work on attention training, having him look at you for extended periods of time while treating him. Then, you can work on him giving you attention while the kids are running around and you are treating him.