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Aggression towards one other dog

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Poipin, Aug 17, 2009.


  1. Poipin

    Poipin PetForums Member

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    We recently got a rescue spaniel about 6 months ago. By watching him closely in new situations we discovered that he hadnt been properly socialised with other dogs or children. However, this has improved immensley since we got him.
    But there is one dog inparticular - a border collie male, that he is very aggressive towards. We meet it out on walks most days. My dog goes mad on the lead, pulls to get at him, barks and bares teeth. Up until yesterday the collie lay low or ran out of his way, and i kept pulling my boy on and telling him to leave. I know the woman that has him quite well and on occassions where it has been quiet, i have asked her to stand still until i do wide circles around her and get closer. This worked quite well, but it still doesnt stop the confrontation that happens every time we meet.
    Anyhow yday - for some reason the collie decided just to jump on him and they had quite a brawl and lucky enough we were able to get them separated.
    Does anyone have any advice on how to stop this aggression towards the collie?
    Do I put him in a down until the collie passes?
    help please!!
     
  2. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    It's best to avoid any situation where the two dogs will face each other, or where one dog will feel vulnerable, so don't use a 'down'.
    You say you know the other owner, so agree the plan with her first. When you encounter each other, you will walk alongside each other at a safe distance, with a dog on both outsides, and the two owners in the middle. Find the distance apart you have to be to avoid things kicking off. Do this over a few days and when things have calmed down a bit, gradually get closer and change to dog-human-dog-human, but keep the dogs at such a distance, or on short leads so they can't pounce on each other. Both dogs should get treats so they come to associate being near the other dog with good things happening. The two dogs should come to accept each other, but expect setbacks along the way.
     
  3. staflove

    staflove PetForums VIP

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    Well all is ok your dog not likeing this dog, but do you like every person you no im sure you dont you can not expect your dog to get on with every dog it sees, and taking them together in the distance but been able to see each other is totally getting your dogs energy levels up, short leads and tension is telling the dog there is somthing wrong, i would not put my dog in that situation cos the minute your dog sees red and energy levels go up it can take 2 weeks for them to come back down, so meeting up the next day aint going to make a diffrence im not saying never introduce your dog but what i am saying is sit back and think why his he acting this way there is always a reason but its working it out, i would get a top rewarding treat cheese or sasuage if your dog is food driven and i would keep is attention on you with a loose lead and the tib bit under is nose if or when he passes the dog praise with a handfull of treats meeting this dog to many times and up setting your dog is not worth it :D
     
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    lemmsy PetForums VIP

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    Is he toy orientated? If so, rather than putting him in a down I would keep him close to me and aim for him to focus 100% on me and his toy. Does he enjoy playing tug? Fetch (onlead).

    I'd teach a "watch me" command so that you can get his attention away from the collie and onto you and therefore fun stuff!
     
  5. Poipin

    Poipin PetForums Member

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    Thanks for all your comments guys.

    I have been working on the attention thing,however walks are new to him and everything around him is much more exciting, birds and smells and long grass. Even the tastiest liver or sausage doesnt appeal to him when we are out walks! I have been working on recalls with him, he is now coming back in (on long lead) but isnt interested in being rewarded no matter what i have on offer, he just wants to run off again!! so keeping his attention is difficult even at the best of times.
     
  6. LostGirl

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    Zeb hates one staff we meet, hes ok as long as the staff isnt near him, if the staff goes near him i call zeb over with food tho and it works a treat zebs a lover not a fighter so is happy to come away and thankfully we dont meet him often now although i love him hes a gorgeous boy lol!
     
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