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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Amanda Cackett, Oct 3, 2020.


  1. Amanda Cackett

    Amanda Cackett PetForums Newbie

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    Why would a dog lung at another dog/person in the distance & bite it’s owner? Is this fear? Would you suggest a muzzle? This is mainly on his estate.
     
  2. Happy Paws2

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    I'd re-post this on Dog Chat if I was you.
     
  3. LinznMilly

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    Moved to Dog Training and Behaviour. :)
     
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    It could be redirected aggression which happens through frustration.
     
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    Can we have a lot more information please?

    Describe in detail exactly what happened.
     
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  6. Sarah H

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    When over aroused dogs can make bad decisions. If your dog is so scared it is kicking off at a dog in the distance it has a need that's not being met - getting away from the thing that is causing it fear. Biting the owner in this instance is just redirected aggression towards the closest thing the dog can bite - you. The dog isn't actually wanting to bite you, but they are so stressed and not thinking straight that any interference from you means you get the brunt of the dog's aggression. This can also be due to frustration too (in fact some would argue that frustration is even worse than fear in some cases), if you have a dog that really wants to get at another, friendly intentions or not, the inability to do this causes such a negative feeling that they lash out at whatever's closest. It's also how people get bitten when they try to break up dog fights.
    My advice would be keep as far away from the dogs/people that set your dog off as possible and give lots of praise and rewards for nice calm behaviour. You can't fix fear quickly, you need to start at a big distance showing the dog that it's not scary, then over time close the distance. The dog may never be able to "socialise" with other dogs, but if they can walk past a trigger without having a meltdown then to me that's a win.
     
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