my dog attacks other dogs.

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by stafflover, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. morris

    morris PetForums Newbie

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    staff bull (terrier ) hey its a terrier ? Terriers as a whole can be a hard work with other K9 I have friends also with staffs and they also were socialized really well when they were pups but when they hit adulthood it just all changed . It could be just part of the parcel ? I am not saying all staffs are aggresive to other dogs but alot are, its just they way they are .
     
  2. sskmick

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    As Morris has said some SBT can be aggressive, mine isn't and by the sound of what you are saying Stafflover yours isn't either.

    Mine has never bitten another dog. He has been attacked and all the attacks have happened whilst he has been on the leash, I do protect him as much as I can. The problem is with a dog on a leash they don't have the flight option and you need to be aware of that. I keep all dogs at a safe distant where-ever possible and I never trust an owner who says "he's friendly" very few pet owners actually know their dog.

    BTW the attacks on Duke have not been with other SBT.

    My rule of thumb is if both dogs are happy together no uncertainty with their body language/posture, I check with the owner of the other dog and let Duke off the leash. Your dog will let you know he wants to go and play with the other dog, mine does.

    A couple of weeks ago I met up with a few friends for a doggy walk there were approximately 25 dogs on the walk all off leash including mine who had never met any of the dogs prior.

    Another option is to go to a training club, where he can learn to inter-act with adult dogs. What I mean is puppies will bound up to adult dogs and usually other dogs will accept that from a puppy however once a dog reaches adulthood other dogs will not necessarily re-act the same way.

    My personal thoughts are this problem isn't just a Staffie problem all breeds can have their moments of likes and dislikes.

    Don't give up by assuming its a Staffie thing.

    Sue
     
  3. goodvic2

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    HI. As it is so random why don't you call him back to you when you see another dog, then put him on the lead, walk past the other dog, that way you can correct the behaviour. Hopefully over time he will learn to ignore other dogs. Good luck x
     
  4. KashasMum

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    Kasha my 21 month old staffie is a great dog but she has become noisy and lunges at other dogs when we are out walking. As a puppy she was good with other dogs but she was attacked a couple of times last summer, once by an older male staff who pinned her to the ground and cut her face. Now she doesn't like any other dogs.

    Over this winter I have been walking her on a lead, with a harness so that I feel more in control of her. I always cross the road when I first spot another dog (before she sees it), then I basically ignore her screams and lunges when she sees another dog and just tell her to leave it and continue moving. Sometimes this isn't easy because she's strong but I always manage to get between her and the other dog and lead her away.

    With some dogs she will go berserk at first and then will calm down so when she does that I stand across the road from the other dog and talk to the owners if they are willing to. I also take her to the park (on a lead all the time) and walk her quite close to other dogs or sit on a bench with her and let her watch them for a while.

    She is getting a bit better but I don't really know if I'm on the right track. Can anyone let me know whether what I'm doing is heading in the right direction. I am happy to take as long as it takes and put as much work in as needed but I need to know if I am doing the right thing.

    Lynn
     
  5. My thought are that if there is even the slightest chance that you dog will attack another dog then you really need to keep him on a lead or muzzled. I notice that someone else has said that they would not muzzle in caae he were attacked, I don't necessisarily agree with this because at the end of the day you and you alone are responsible for the actions of you dog - if that means muzzling then sadly muzzle you should do.

    Have you considered seeking the advise of a behaviourist - and is it at all possible that he can sense that you are uneasy due to this problem - he is picking up you uneasiness hence causing his agression.
    All the best
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    DT
     
  6. richboy35

    richboy35 PetForums Newbie

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    This can be embarising and is a behavior problem. He may need some help here.
     
  7. goodvic2

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    HI. I have a similar problem with one of my rescue's. His trouble was he was not socialised when he was young and can act aggressive. He never bites but he does at times, bark and if the other dog comes too close he will nip. Fortunatley he is so good on the recall that I can distract him from other dogs by bringing him back to me. I do, however have to walk both my dogs seperately when they are off lead, as part of the problem is the one I have mentioned, protects the other one and his behaviour is worse. I'm not sure if that helps, but you are not on your own. Good luck x
     
  8. staflove

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    Hi hun my tess was the same and still can be she is fine with my other dog, i would not worrie to much but i would keep him on the lead for the time been and see if you can find some dog walkers to walk with this is what i did and then gradually introduce but keeping your dogs mind on you at all times, dogs will like some dogs and hate others, i lke loads of people and im a very easy person to get on with but there are some people i just carnt get on with dont expect your dog to like every dog he sees cos he wont xxx
     
  9. JSR

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    2 of my 3 staffy crosses are unpredictable around other dogs (3rd isn't now only cos he's 15 so too old to care anymore!!) but I don't allow them off lead unless I can clearly see no one else around, or I'm walking with dogs I know they are fine with. My old boy was muzzled for the first 5 years I had him because he would attack anything and everything that moved (inc people) so in my eyes muzzling meant he still got the much needed exercise but without me being stressed...therefore not passing on my stress to him!! I'm very lucky my pack is well adjusted and the 2 other dogs are perfect gentlemen who do tell off the 1 that shouts alot and the bitch that wants to kill every other dog!!!:rolleyes:

    Staffies can be unsociable with other dogs, it's a fact but if you know your dog you can read a situation and react accordingly. I do think a good behaviourist might be worth investing in? Even just a couple of one to one sessions to give you the heads up on how to handle him. Not sure if you said but if he's not neutured then that's a good option to maybe help calm him abit, it will also chill the message he's sending out to other dogs.
     
  10. catz4m8z

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    Yes, please keep your dog on a lead if you are in any way unsure of their behaviour towards other dogs. My two go off lead and love meeting all sorts of people and dogs (they are super submissive) however as a chihuahua and chi x min daschund it would only take one bite from a larger dog to kill them.:(
     

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