He is aggressive with other dogs, A trip to the vet is a night mare if there is any other dogs there.. no matter what we do he goes off and I can't stop it. So we don't take him anywhere. But really would love to get him learning to play with other dogs...
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Hi Carmel, Dog aggression is a common problem that our trainers deal with on a daily basis. If he should bite or attack another dog you are responsible for all vet and Dr's bills. Council could issue you with a dangerous dog order. So please do not walk with him for now, if you do he needs to be muzzled when out of your yard.There are many reason dogs become aggressive, to many to list here. He may have had a bad experience with another dog as a puppy or been bullied in his litter from birth. This aggression towards other dogs is him getting in first. There needs to be some strong consistent rules in place within is yard area and if an indoors dog, inside your home. Things like; he should not go through ANY doors or stairs ahead of you. In the dog world the leader leads, in your home, and on walks you must show him that you are his leader. Use what ever word you use to address mistakes, i.e. NO but must be used in deep guttural tones (never using his name) like him getting to the door first. Inside and in your yard , call him back happily and encourage him to follow you as you walk forward, IF he races ahead of you, turn in the other direction, tap top of your leg and call him using a happy voice. Keep doing this (it may take 2 - 6 minutes) until he starts to walk beside or behind you. Then you will know he is getting that you are now the leader not him. You can also do this on lead in a park or the likes. You also need him to be totally 'focused' on you when on or off lead whenever training with him. Do not take him on any big walks until you can get this focus, as those walk are stressful for him. Leadership to a dog means 'safety', he needs to know you will supply that by being a strong leader. This type of focus is what you demand from him when on walks. Do not allow him to even look at another dog, your "NO word should be enough for him to respect you as a leader and know you are in control of all situations.He should be trained to stay on his rug or bed when indoors and not to answer the door. Set this scene up. It is your home, your visitors and you must show him its your job to answer the door not his. If he gets to the door ahead of you, stop, call him back using very happy voice tones and instruct him to stay on his bed. Walk to the door backwards, keeping an eye on him and IF he moves off his bed/rug take him straight back to the bed. Repeat until he gets that he no longer is allowed to answer the door. Never give him the win Carmel. It takes 5-6 weeks for a dog to understand that the rules have changed and that his no longer is the boss. It is always you as the leader in his mind, so consistency and practicing daily is the way it must be. On lead walk very slowly and make sure does not get ahead of you. Off lead call him to you and he must not leave your side until you give him the command to do so. During this exercise you need his focus to be on you also. Maybe your Vet can recommend a local trainer if there is not a Bark Busters in your area. Hope this helps.