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aggression when on the lead & misbehaving at home

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by olhubb, Mar 25, 2011.


  1. olhubb

    olhubb PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all

    I have a very mild natured dog. He loves playing with other dogs on walks and with our other dog, also fine with people and children.

    Just lately he has shown aggresion towards other dogs when on the lead. No biting, just growling and barking. It strange as he loves other dogs off the lead.

    Also on a sepearte issue our 2 dogs male Border terrier (2yrs) and male Aylesone Bulldog (13mths) are house trained but seem to pick and choose when they abide by it. They can both hold it for long periods but some days we come home and there is a right mess. Also they can be very destructive when left alone, ripping beds, chewing everything, marking etc etc.

    They have plenty of toys to chew.
     
  2. Pawsitive

    Pawsitive PetForums Junior

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    Has anything changed recently? diet? maybe he has a pain somewhere?

    you could try going back to basics with socialisation and work on building up positive associations when he sees other dogs whilst he is on the lead.

    How long are your other dogs left for?
     
  3. RobD-BCactive

    RobD-BCactive PetForums VIP

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    That's not really out and out aggression (silently lunging in attack attempt), that is expressing discomfort and wanting distance. Being on a lead, cuts down manoevre and your dog feels more vulnerable.

    Dogs have an etiquette when off lead, they tend to approach indirectly and more slowly, often on diagonals, and then signal friendly demeanour from a distance. Perhaps on lead he's feeling rushed by too direct an enouncter.
     
  4. olhubb

    olhubb PetForums Newbie

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    I think your probably right, its like he feels trapped when on the lead. As i said he is a bit of a scaredy cat and when off the lead he normally backs off if an overly enthusiastic dog boundes over. On the lead he doesnt have that option.

    Any suggestions to stop it

    Cheers Oli
     
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    RobD-BCactive PetForums VIP

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    olhubb PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks ill give those a look
     
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    kaisa624 PetForums VIP

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    Our Holly barks at other dogs when on lead, but is perfectly fine off lead, and normally sticks by us. We generally try to distract her with treats, or make us run on lead with us on the bikes, before letting her off.
     
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