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Hi,
I've had a dog for 2 and a half years now (he was about 4 - 5 months old when i picked him up from the kennel).
I didnt know anything about how to be a good owner but still i picked the dog up. The way he was being treated wasn't good.
Meanwhile, i've also been through some drug and anger management problems, which are now being followed by a professional, but I ended up with some bruises of my drug abuse, having become a very anxious and nervous person.
I didn't have patience, I was nervous and very angry at that time, which considering the fact that I'm 20 years old now, isn't something anyone would love to know.
The reason why I'm sharing this is because I know that this kind of behaviour from me, had me make the wrong choices on how i raised my puppy.
It is with sincere shame and sadness that I tell you, I've hit this dog several times. Not that the dog didn't do anything wrong, I just over reacted.
That made him grow as a very insecure type of dog, and paired with the lack of leadership I also provided, ended up with the Insecure/dominant type.
He is an English pointer/Pitbull mix weighting about 20kg.
I've changed since then. I decided to make a change on both my life and my dog's life. He is dangerous I must say, but it's my fault. He is agressive to other dogs (Red zone agressive), food agressive, has a huge prey drive, has bitten me a lot of times (i mean serious bites), and has also redirected his agression towards other dogs to myself.
I decided that this had been going on for too long and then decided to do my best to finaly make me and my dog feel happy with each other.
I started taking him out for exercise/obedience, by finding a walled place where no outsiders can enter (because I was afraid he might see another dog or cat or person, and run away to bite), and I make the following game:
-"Lay Down and Stay!" -» I throw the ball while the dog must Stay until I command him to "Go get it boy!" -» after he gets it I use "Here!" to make him come and then "Drop and Sit". And i repeat it for 30-40 minutes, until he seems tired, usually twice a day, one by the morning and another before dinner, while taking him out to piss and poop several times during the day aswell.
Then we go back home and I feed him holding his bowl, so that he doesn't get possessive over his food, making him Sit and wait for the food before tho.
After some bites I also became a bit afraid, but I know it's my fault.
He is afraid of me most of the time, I call him and he comes with his tail between his legs and that nervous look. I've tried contacting several trainers but they are all expensive and since I'm even unemployed, its impossible for me to pay for training at this time.
Im about to go back to my mom's house, who has 2 cats.
We really need help. I dont know what to do anymore, and I know all of you are sitting there thinking "What a dumbass kid", and I can take it cause I know im guilty, but overall, I need help. Since I cant afford training I went everyday online looking for information on body language, energy, leadership, dog behaviour in general and I became instructed in some way. I feel it's not enough because I dont have the past experience of handling this type of dog. Telling the real story has often made people dont want to help me, and instead point me the finger. I live with a female housemate, and she has been bitten aswell. She is the type of person who thinks dogs are stuffed animals you should hug and make squishy sound at. I tell her not to do that to this kind of dog, to no avail. That did make the situation even worse, and now if the dog gets on the couch at night (he often switches his bed for our couch when he knows we are not there to see) and the lady approaches, he leap at her while bitting.
I came to the conclusion that this is the worst behaviour combo you can deal with, the Insecure/Dominant type. The hardest to rehabilitate and the most dangerous.
I love him, from the bottom of my heart, and I want to make him a balanced and healthy dog. I want to be his friend, but I also want to be his leader and know that he looks at me when I call him and that he obeys house rules and such.
So if you can point me some directions on what to do, like whats the best approach for this type of behaviour, I would thank you. I've become very frustrated with this situation, and I think everyday that I might have to give this dog to a farm, and it makes me cry, because I really like him. As you can see, I know practice Exercise and Discipline with my dog. Then before I sleep I want to pet him and give him some affection after the hard working day. Now he is also agressive to me when I approach him in his bed... I dont know the best way to deal with agression, even in the human world. I've seen Cesar Millan getting closer to food agressive dogs with a tennis racket, but I think my dog will think im about to hit him if I do it.
Again, i'm sorry for having been a bad owner, and most of all for the times I've hit my dog. Where I live, people are taught to beat a misbehaving dog, and i've always disagreed with that. Then i've done it without even realizing how bad it is. I think about it everynight before I (try to) sleep. My psychyastrist (sorry for my english :D) told me that I shouldn't feel anymore sad for recognizing ive done something very wrong, as long as I keep in mind that I will change, because thats the best you can do. So I now think like this "I've done it the worse way, created this beast. Now I shall do the opposite and take him out of this situation. Make him feel secure and happy."
Please, say something.
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First of all, you need to realise that this dog is not going to trust you overnight, if ever. Your housemate has a better idea of how to gain his trust than you do, that is for certain. Why can't he get on the sofa? You should be giving him treats, you should letting the dog come to you in his own good time, which could take forever.

It is not good trying to do heavy training with him until he trusts you which as I said could take a very long time. You should read this thread

http://www.petforums.co.uk/dog-training-behaviour/88630-dog-body-language-why-matters-so-much.html

It is very long, but needs reading. Gaining this dog's trust may never happen and I would be saying rehome him were it not such a difficult thing to do.

You seem to have got the right idea about the food aggression, certainly keep this going.

Are you in the UK? If so, you should remove the part that says he is part pitbull, please.
 

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Will he come willingly to you if you sit on the floor and speak in an gentle happy voice for treats?

Some dogs are just anxious and your past behavior wont have helped but you are trying to turn that round - all credit to you. I don't think that the biting means he is dominant, just scared and trying to stop something that he thinks will hurt him even when it wont.

Exercise is good, but trying to gain his trust by speaking kindly to him and only moving forward at a pace that he feels comfortable with is key IMO.
 

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Will he come willingly to you if you sit on the floor and speak in an gentle happy voice for treats?

Some dogs are just anxious and your past behavior wont have helped but you are trying to turn that round - all credit to you. I don't think that the biting means he is dominant, just scared and trying to stop something that he thinks will hurt him even when it wont.

Exercise is good, but trying to gain his trust by speaking kindly to him and only moving forward at a pace that he feels comfortable with is key IMO.
I agree. And OP I forgot to say: his aggression does not mean he is dominant, that is a myth. He is in fact scared, which is what usually makes dogs aggressive. Poor thing is scared of people and other dogs with is a very unusual combination. God knows what he has been through. Taken from a bad home as a puppy and given to an even worse one. You have a lot of making up to do.
 

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I know that Cesar Millan and other people talk about insecure/dominant dogs, but I just can't get it together. A dog simply can't be insecure and dominant at the same time.

Your dog is clearly insecure and scared of you. To be honest, I'm not sure you can earn that trust back (certainly not by listening to anything Cesar Millan says).

To be honest, I'm not sure that you'll ever be able to earn his trust again. I'm thinking that it might be better for both of you if he got a new home. It's easier for a dog to start over and trust a person that hasn't already broken that trust. And I think it would be better for you, too. You could concentrate on getting your life together, without constantly being reminded of what has been.

But of course this dog can't be rehomed to just anyone, so it probably wouldn't be easy to find him a new home.

If you absolutely want to try to gain his trust I think that you need to let go of all the rules you seem to have. Play with him, but don't make him sit/lay/stand before he can chase after the ball. Praise him a lot when he brings the ball back and don't make him sit when dropping the ball off. Don't make him sit before dinner. You can hold the bowl if you want, but I think you're more likely to gain his trust more if you drop something really tasty in his bowl while his eating. That way he doesn't see you as a threat, but as a resource. You don't have to allow him on the sofa, but cuddling is necessary. But you shouldn't approach his bed, but instead call him to you.
 

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That's right, his bed is his safe place, you should leave him alone when he is there and if you want to interact with him get him to come to you.

You can get him to sit etc when he brings you the ball but always praise him, tell him what a good boy he is, make it a positive thing to bring the ball back. Don't ask him to sit in a harsh voice, but instead in a gentle voice.
 

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I'm sorry to hear you've had a rough time, it must have been very hard to admit that you've treated your dog so badly and it's ended up like this so while we could all go on about how your behaviour has been shocking that's not what you need now you've come to this realisation, and I think you should feel proud of that fact you have admitted your mistakes and are trying to move on in a positive way.

Now that's out the way a few things that come to mind:

1. Please forget everything you've heard about 'dominance' and anything you'v seen by an awful non-dog trainer on TV who is mightily popular, this kind of thinking is not just wrong it is not helpful for you in your situation. I can understand why you could make this mistake considering how widespread certain beliefs are.

2. You need to regain your dogs trust, and I'm not sure I agree that you will never be able to get it back like many other people have said. You can atleast try your best if you're so motivated to try and make up for your past behaviour. I would start by giving treats for good behaviour, for coming to you, and not to push him too hard so he feels aggressive or nervous. I note you're unemployed so don't have much money,y you can give scraps of whatever is left over as treats, little bits of ham, cheap squeezy cheese, tiny cubes of cheese, chopped up cheap hotdogs (the type that come in a tin for 50p or so).

3. Try to let him come to you, don't force it, he has to come in his own time.

4. Vitally important is that you keep your own emotions in check around him. Dogs are very intuitive, you're angry for whatever reason he will fret and be scared, same goes for you being frustrated with him. Try to keep as positive, upbeat and gentle as possible so he can feel more at ease around you and interacting with you.

5. I think lighten up on the training, if he wants to snuggle you on the sofa this is good. I would personally allow it.

I probably have more to say but my mind has gone blank.
 

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What a fabulous answer Phoolf.
I agree with all of that, not that im an expert but I love the sentiment.
Personally my experience of dogs is that they are very forgiving. Humans can be s**ts and they will still love you. CMs dogs probably still love him.
Most impoertant with any animal is to let him/her come to you. Kneel down sideways and avert your eyes and let him come up to you and take a treat from you..
I think its the wonderful nature of the whole world that all beings want to be loved and treated with respect.
It chokes me up when you see those whales in Japan swimming alongside fishing boats, letting tourists touch and stroke them when for the last decade man has hunted and speared them, yet they still forgive. And with brains as big as ours im sure the fear of man and what happened has been passed down.
Everyone deserves a new start. You AND your dog.

Be big enough to know in your heart if it is not working though, and to let him have a new home
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Hi again,
Thanks for your answers.
First of all, I just watched the dog whisperer on the TV like I would watch any other show. I dont do what he does.
About rehoming, I know it would be easier for him. Truth is, nobody wants a dog like this, and to be honest, by giving him away I would have failed miserably to my own nature, by creating all this and then just giving up.
I want to do whatever I can. I think you might not have undersood how things are, maybe you are imagining a dog that cant be touched or approached.
He does not trust me that is true, but he comes to me when i call him, he answers to commands that I taught him myself. He will also come to me happily if I kneel or sit down for treats. I don't think he gave up on me. He used to go to the couch, but then started becoming very possessive about it, so i created that rule. He has bitten my gf on the couch, also my housemate.
Im not in the UK, i know some dogs are forbidden there, but I dont think he is like this in any form because of his breed. I didnt even know he was a pitbull when i picked him up, because he is not pure and looks more like a pointer than an actual pitbull..
Im afraid of cuddling with him in the couch, otherwise I would. I want to. im afraid he will bite me for some reason. He tends to snap really fast, for instance, Ive seen dogs bearing their teeth but they let you take your hand away. Mine bites when you take the hand away. How can a dog be insecure and dominant? insecure for being manhandled, dominant for lack of leadership. I mean he is dominant because he shows a lot ofsigns I did interpret as dominance, like pawing a lot, tries to mount other male dogs and if they move he attacks, puts his head above other dogs' neck etc.
I really appreciate the fact that someone here can give me a straight answer, and I hope the help doesnt end here. Regaining my dogs trust i think is the way to go, and I dont think it is impossible or even near, Im just afraid that by "spoiling" i will nurtur bad behaviour.
One thing I sometimes do, is letting him sleep in bed with me, he stretches from top to bottom of the bed lol then I kinda sleep with an arm above, affectionately. About the training, its more of a game really, to tire him up. I did Stay before throwing the ball because I thought it would be a first step on controling himself on chasing something. I reward him with a big bowl of food after all that and I feel it has been helping a lot. He eats then sleeps right away. Thing is that this dog doesnt seem to tire up, his energy level is very high.
Ok i know this is a very sensitive matter, but rehoming will be the last thing I will try. I will at least make up for my mistakes.
Now as I said in my previous post, I know what I did and I understand your anger at me, but I wouldnt be here saying my story honestly if I couldnt take some criticism for what happened. Ive had other dogs in my life, they were all good behaving dogs, I just made the wrong decisions with this one. It was me under the influence of drugs and other things, not who I am now. This is a completely different person. So if you can ease up on me, at least when it comes to words of disencouragement.
now some questions:
Why shouldnt I make him sit before food? I do it to snap his mind out of excitement because ive read you shouldnt feed an excited dog who is food agresive.
Why not Drop and Sit? I started doing that because he catches the ball, comes to me, I was saying Drop and he just lays down destroying the ball with his mouth, instead of giving it, so it was like "No, dont lay down, just sit and drop it."
By the way, I always praise my dog a lot when he brings the ball, then when he drops it its even a bigger party out here.
Also, if I'm to let him come to the couch again, how do I know his intention when wanting to get up on it? I mean he knows he cant be there, will he be afraid then and attack?
thanks again
 

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Most people want their dog to sit before food, and that is fine, if that is what he knows, don't try to change it. I think we were under the impression it was a big thing and it shouldn't be. It is possible that when you move your hand away it is a sudden movement which scares him, which is why he bites. It needs to be done very slowly, perhaps talking to him first so he is not startled.

Just forget any ideas of dominance. He may try to hump other dogs out of anxiety, especially if he has been neutered. My dog has done that in the past out of anxiety when his mate died.

If he comes to you happily, and not looking afraid with his tail between his legs, I would say things are not as bad as you at first portrayed. He does sound though as though he is scared of quick movements, so that is something you need to be careful about.

I am glad you are not in the UK. Pitbulls, or part pitbulls, are banned in this country and it is not something you want to advertise. Most on here do not agree with that ban, nor the banning of any breed, but that is governments for you.

I would like to wish you lots of luck with your dog, and I am sure you will find lots of advice on here. Please stop watching the Dog Whisperer!
 

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Hi OP. Your dogs doesn't sound remotely dominant to me, he sounds fear aggressive, under socialised and lacking in boundaries & structure - which would lead to the insecurity part.

I think that with time and patience you can get your dog's trust again and I agree with the others that Mr Millan is not the person that you should be watching at this time. I don't hate him as much as the majority of people do on here but I don't think his methods are suitable for either your dog or yourself in your current situation.

There is massive pressure on dog owners nowadays to be the best trainer and have "the perfect dog", obedient to a fault and brilliant with everyone and everything that they meet and unfortunately reality just isn't like that.

From your posts I would say that you need to get to know your dog more as a character, learn what motivates him and make him tick. Is he food or toy motivated? Does he like to play? Does he like to swim, or sleep, or cuddle? Observe him, find his buttons and use them to bond with him. Clicker training would be a great way to start, not just using it to teach commands, but clicking and rewarding ANY behaviour that you like.

He'll soon get the idea that (for example) calmness is rewarded, coming to you is rewarded, etc.

Walk with him, onlead, morning and evening when it's quiet if you're concerened about other dogs being about. It's a great way to bond with him and teach him to pay attention to you. Call him every so often and when he looks at you, reward him. You need to work on you and him and his trust in your capability to deal with situations before you even start working on anything else.

Google NILIF and use it to give him some boundaries in a non confrontational way. If he gets possesive over the couch as you say in your post, don't let him on it, physically block it with other furniture if need be. Most of all, be PATIENT, be CONSISTENT and REWARD the good behaviour as opposed to punishing the bad.

Don't put him in situations that could push him over his stress threshold with new people/dogs etc, give him a room/crate/place to go to where he feels safe and will not be disturbed. A couple of excellent books for you to read are Click to Calm by Karen Pryor and B.A.T - Behaviour Adjustment Training by Grisha Stuart.

Lastly remember, he is responding the way he is because of what he has been taught by use of confrontation and force. He was left no choice because aggression begets aggression. With time and patience however the behaviours can be modified and re-learned. Please keep us posted on your progress.
 

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@ newfiesmum Thanks for your reply! Well by knowing this dog the much I do, I notice that he reacts agressively especially when hes in that excited state of mind, so I have him sit before food just to snap him out of that. I feel like that myself, if Im calm i think better about things and make better choices in the future. This case is not easy to handle, but it's not the end of the world either.
It's not the kind of dog that wants to kill you or anything like that. He reacts agressively towards certain situations.
I notice he gets stressed when people talk a lot to him, put his hands on him. I have the opinion that if the dog isnt yours, you shouldnt be approaching it like if its your son, or even more than that, but I also would like my dog to not be afraid of hands, especially mine.
I will start today a treat routine with him, by this I mean I will in all possible cases carry treats on me, and each time he does something I like, I give it to him.
About food agression, I've tried approaching him with treats while hes eating. He can do one of 2 things: not notice Im carrying a treat so I'm a threat or stops eating his food because what I have is better, then eat my treat, then he gets insecure again and starts protecting his food. Should I continue doing this or am I instigating unwanted behaviour?

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Thank you for your patience dear friend. Ive read about NILIF in the past and liked what i've seen.
I think this dog doesn't like cuddling, or that kind of voices that people make to babies and children. He is both food and toy motivated and I've never seen a dog look at a ball the same way as to a treat except for this one hahaha
I dont have a clicker, but I do a lot of finger clapping (or whatever its called) to call for his atention and he is used to that, so a clicker could be easily introduced.
The day I posted I had been bitten by him because I gave him a treat, then a second one which fell on the ground and I was about to catch it and give it to him but instead I got bitten when I was reaching it. That made me scared because each bite he delivers causes me extreme pain for days and also infected wounds. He is a strong boy for a 20kg. I look at him and I see a dog with lots of capabilities, who runs so fast and is so strong for his size... If I could speak to this dog for a minute I would tell him "I know everything that happened, and I know I got you used to something, but I want you to trust me from now on that I will be my best for you", unfortunately as someone said earlier, that doesnt happen overnight.
About the couch, what usually happens in that kind of situations is: He gives me a sign that he wants to be in the couch (or I call him up the couch) he gets really happy about that, then gets on the couch looking like he is playful. I try making him lay down next to me and pet him so he falls asleep, but when i notice, my hand is near his mouth and he is bearing his teeth.
He is not neutered. Also , when he shows his teeth, i've tried talking calmly, but i think it made him worse because he might have picked up some fear from me. I've tried taking my hand slowly and it seems like he thinks its that thing they do before chasing prey, the walking slowly part.

Another question, what are good ways to socialize my dog with other dogs having the means I have? I know some people with dogs that are willing to bring their dogs to cope. Letting mine go to others on the leash is in most cases leading to agression. Im not pulling the leash or anything, I let him do his thing and thats his thing.
About the dog whisperer, and to finish this matter (lol) I've watched that show a couple of times and it actually woke me up to the fact the a dog needs to be balanced is many ways. I dont do his thing on my dog. All i take from that show is body language and how to walk on the leash. About walking, I try to make him walk behind me, but he always wants to get ahead of me. When I'm about to pass by another dog and his owner, I think I sshould be the one in front, but to be like that i wether have to stop and correct him for pulling me (giving ground to trigger staredowns which always triggers agression in him) or continue walking, but this way i have to keep correcting him until i reach the other dog. Being corrected he gets tense and doesnt look at anything except the other dog, and that is what usually ends up in redirecting agression towards me. How should i be doing this?
 

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@ newfiesmum Thanks for your reply! Well by knowing this dog the much I do, I notice that he reacts agressively especially when hes in that excited state of mind, so I have him sit before food just to snap him out of that. I feel like that myself, if Im calm i think better about things and make better choices in the future. This case is not easy to handle, but it's not the end of the world either.
It's not the kind of dog that wants to kill you or anything like that. He reacts agressively towards certain situations.
I notice he gets stressed when people talk a lot to him, put his hands on him. I have the opinion that if the dog isnt yours, you shouldnt be approaching it like if its your son, or even more than that, but I also would like my dog to not be afraid of hands, especially mine.
I will start today a treat routine with him, by this I mean I will in all possible cases carry treats on me, and each time he does something I like, I give it to him.
About food agression, I've tried approaching him with treats while hes eating. He can do one of 2 things: not notice Im carrying a treat so I'm a threat or stops eating his food because what I have is better, then eat my treat, then he gets insecure again and starts protecting his food. Should I continue doing this or am I instigating unwanted behaviour?
There are three ways to handle this in my own opinion. You can put down an empty bowl and keep adding food to it in small handfuls, or you can feed him from your hand.

Or, if he doesn't like anyone near his food, leave him alone and don't go near him while he is eating. The last will not work if you ever have children about who might forget.

I wouldn't use treats in the food, as that will detract him from his actual dinner.
 

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About the dog whisperer, and to finish this matter (lol) I've watched that show a couple of times and it actually woke me up to the fact the a dog needs to be balanced is many ways. I dont do his thing on my dog. All i take from that show is body language and how to walk on the leash. About walking, I try to make him walk behind me, but he always wants to get ahead of me. When I'm about to pass by another dog and his owner, I think I sshould be the one in front, but to be like that i wether have to stop and correct him for pulling me (giving ground to trigger staredowns which always triggers agression in him) or continue walking, but this way i have to keep correcting him until i reach the other dog. Being corrected he gets tense and doesnt look at anything except the other dog, and that is what usually ends up in redirecting agression towards me. How should i be doing this?
hopefully someone more experienced than me will give you a fuller answer on this but it sounds to me like you are accidently reinforcing his dislike of approaching the other dog by giving him corrections while he's staring at the other dog - he will assume it is the other dog causing this and quite possibly mis-interpret you as not wanting the other dog any nearer.

I would simply not pass by other dogs at this time - I would stop my dog at a distance where he is not reacting and get and keep his focus on me and what I'm doing while the other dog owner does the passing. Don't make him do anything he's not ready to do or you are just setting him up to fail, and remember that when a dog is kicking off it's usually too late to try any distraction techniques, you have to get the focus before they have a chance to get into the wrong mindset.
 

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hopefully someone more experienced than me will give you a fuller answer on this but it sounds to me like you are accidently reinforcing his dislike of approaching the other dog by giving him corrections while he's staring at the other dog - he will assume it is the other dog causing this and quite possibly mis-interpret you as not wanting the other dog any nearer.

I would simply not pass by other dogs at this time - I would stop my dog at a distance where he is not reacting and get and keep his focus on me and what I'm doing while the other dog owner does the passing. Don't make him do anything he's not ready to do or you are just setting him up to fail, and remember that when a dog is kicking off it's usually too late to try any distraction techniques, you have to get the focus before they have a chance to get into the wrong mindset.
Precisely this. Your dog will associate everything with what he sees at that moment. There is no reason why he should not walk in front, unless he is pulling. I personally like my dog to walk next to me, and I think that the person walking in front can be dangerous, as you cannot know that the dog is not stepping into the road.
 

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So you mean when I see another dog ahead coming my way, I get my dogs attention before he sees it and maintain his attention as the other dog passes by? That sounds hard but very logic.
The thing is I don' like dogs to walk ahead of me, makes me feel not in charge and I feel that if he walks ahead of me I dont have time to call its attention since his back is already turned to me. Also if hes ahead, the collar is always going down the neck. I dont mind him to walk next to me, the collar stays where it is supposed to be and hes not ahead of me. I use a leash thats about 1m-2m of rope but I dont give him all that space because he is easily distracted by scents on the walk.
Also if any situation leads to my dog pulling the leash towards another dog (while barking and growling, he even jumps and stands on his back paws) what is the best way to call his attention and stop him? When I throw my hands in the place I usually get bitten with redirected agression, so i grab his lower back and use the leash to stop him from bitting me, until hes in place, then I release him from my hand (Still on the leash) until hes calm, then we go on.
Also on the food part, I usually hold the bowl, but adding small handfulls might also work on him. Problem is that i feel that that is just preventive, doesnt solve the problem. Ive met my love and want to have kids one day so I feel this should be solved instead of prevented. Like hes not gonna bite if I hold the bowl, but right after if I drop it and walk back then forward we have agression again. My cousins son put his hand on their Rottie's bowl and got bitten, even tho my cousin told numerous times "Dont pick on him while hes eating".

Another thing that has angered me in the past (meaning i dont get angry about that anymore, but still dont like ) about him is his constant whinning (I dont know how to call this, when they make that sound "weeeee weeeee weeeeeee"). Its like hes crying and happens when for instance, I go up the stairs and make him stay downstairs. CAn you enlighten me on this behaviour and how to correct it? Cuz he has had a high level of separation anxiety which i partialy healed with proper exercise. He is constantly pooping and pissing in the house, if I leave the house when I get back I got Mr. and Mrs. Brown waiting for me on the floor.~
Also I'm about to change to another house, as I said with my mom, who has 2 cats. Do you think this will help him forget about what hapened in the past? The rules in this house will mostly disappear because its a totaly diferent house. He chases cats, will this be a problem and how hard is it to correct? Im afraid he will go on the cats foods then bite them for some reason. He will end any cats life with a single bite. That makes me very nervous.
 

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Yes you should get his attention until the dog has gone. Try and work on his sit and get a command for looking right at you too 'focus' or 'look at me' so he's paying attention to looking at you and not any distractions. Lots of praise and treats for when he's getting it right.

I can't really relate to your issue with not wanting your dog ahead of you because well..I don't get it, but have you thought about a good head collar instead so you have more control and he naturally walks at your side? This could be helpful instead of a collar and lead.
 

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Oh and I'm really really happy about the fact that not only your guys are helping me, but also you want to know the progress of things, that means you want me to keep in touch, and even if its only for the dog, Im happy with that, because it makes you wonderful people, its hard to find someone in love with anything these days.
 

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What do you mean by Head Collar? I have this leash i mentioned and a choke chain, which I don't use to strangle, but because with a regular collar he just keeps pushing and pushing against the other dog. I use this chain on top of his neck with the ring right on top, being careful not to cause any harm or acidents.
EDIT: ok just googled it, ive seen those collars and never tried one. I also heard it's not good on agressive dogs? any thoughts on this?
 
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