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littleblew

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SEBASTIAN is being aggressive
« on: May 04, 2009, 06:23:30 PM »
toward other dogs! He is fine with Remy, and he was raised with a dachshund (we got him when he was 5 mo old,he is now 9 months old. He was just neutered on Friday. I am hoping that helps. He goes nuts when we see another dog on a walk, at the pet store, etc. Hackles raised, deep threoaty barks ,growls,the whole thing .
I want to take him for basic obedience training but I'm afraid he will get "expelled" :embarassed: What can I do?

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Re: SEBASTIAN is being aggressive
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2009, 04:26:47 AM »
You are probably too late in neutering him. The rule of thumb is 6-8 months.
I guess it can not hurt since you don't plan on breeding.
Boxers can be dog  aggressive. I don't know what kind of training you have done. But I would say try that avenue first.
BTW I wouldn't say hackles up and barking is neccesarily aggressive. It is what dogs do when they perceive a threat.
Most dogs that act out, do so because they lack confidence. If you don't have the knowledge or skill to train him, seek out private lessons or the help of someone that actually knows and then introduce him to new situations.
Be wary of trainers and would be helpers. Just because someone owns a dog, does not make them a dog trainer. Without doubt you will recieve a lot of well meaning BAD advice from dog owners. Its analagous to someone that drives thinking that because they do so, that they are a driving instructor.  You probably need a true specialist.
Train....distract and re-train...and repeat.
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Re: SEBASTIAN is being aggressive
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2009, 09:34:10 AM »
I dont know if what he is doing is aggressive per se...it might be a lack of confinance (in himself and in you perhaps).  Get him into obediance ASAP.  Obediance training will teach him you're the leader of the "pack" and he will have more confidence in you and in his place in the pack and will be less likely to "act out".  Beas isn't that confident and a bit skitsh outside of the ring but he NEVER does what you are describing because he knows that I am in charge.
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Re: SEBASTIAN is being aggressive
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2009, 04:53:31 PM »
A good trainer or training club will give you alternatives or personal attention instead of expelling you.  What you describe doesn't sound like aggression, more like over excitement, lack of stimulation, possibly guarding and/or fear.  Dash reacts the same way when he's overexcited but is not aggressive. For Dash, it's that he's bratty and under-socialized.  Did Sebastian get socialized as a puppy? Are outing where he sees other dogs frequent or rare?

The only type of aggression being intact effects is male-to-male, so unless it is only male dogs you are having this problem with, that will probably make no difference.
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