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Old 05-03-2007, 12:12 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Our little dog is part chiauwawa(sorry can't spell) and part terrier...he is very sweet and affectionate to us but we can't take him for walks on a trail cause when he sees another dog he goes completely nuts...barking and growling like a maniac...I've tried telling him NO in a voice of authority but he just ignores me...DD wants him to come when she rides her bike but i am afraid he will go nuts again..help
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pwetty pwease...wif sugar on top...and a cherry?:
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Did he ever go through an obedience class? Sounds like it could be a fear-based reaction to the other dogs. Does he react to other dogs this way when NOT out on a walk?

Me+DH+DS1+DS2+Dog=me and a house full of guys, which is really just peachy, thanks.
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Thanks for the reply! No obedience class but we have another dog who is big...part collie and boxer and very friendly and not at all like that with other dogs....the big dog(Sam) actually gets along quite well with the little one (Mikey). They play fight with each other but they really love each other...like if one is out in the yard the other will whine til the other comes back and then they are so excited...also, they sleep together...so I really don't get it...Mikey will freak out if he sees any dog but Sam..even if it is on the street and he is on his chain in the yard.
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I have a dog w/ fear based aggression (diagnosed by U Penn's veterinary school).

We have him on a low dose of daily Prozac. It has taken time but we've learned his triggers. He's worse with barriers present (being on a leash, being restrained in some way, seeing a dog through a fence vs. in the open).

not the easiest thing to work on. We eventually, after much searching, found a trainer that specializes in fear aggression. She actually held socialization classes for special needs doggies. it was awesome and incredibly helpful for him. We basically set him up for success by learning to read his signals. She'd have us introduce the dog in a particular way so that it was far enough away that his stress level wasn't terribly high. We basically gradually worked on reducing that distance so he was more comfortable with the dogs increasingly closer. Of course, it is hard to find willing participants in the real world for such a thing, but maybe you can find a trainer like this.

We also did clicker training w/ him (look into Karen Pryor's work). Really helpful. We did things like standing outside of Petsmart and similar, but at a distance that we weren't very close to the dogs going inside. Far enough that he wasn't super stressed, but close enough he could see them. Basically we worked on feeding him treats and letting him build good associations w/ other animals. Having him on a low dose of prozac was helpful IMO in that it was enough to take just a bit of the edge off for him.

It is really hard. Now we have two kids and have moved away (out of state) from the trainer that we adored, so we aren't getting to continue to work on this stuff as much. I think trainers like her are tough to come by. We drove an hour away to see her, but she was amazing. We did a bunch of private sessions w/ her, and she did the "socialization class" for special needs pups for free on her own in the evenings, which was incredibly generous and helpful for those of us w/ rescue dogs w/ issues.
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He's leash agressive and/or dog agressive (to strange dogs).

Here's a few articles I've googled. Don't know if I agree 100% with all of the advice (especially all the gentle leader reccomendations), but I think some of it is helpful.

http://www.sfspca.org/behavior/aggression.shtml#7

http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIP...sAndPeople.php


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Thanks so much guys!! I don;t have the moolah for a trainer but if we need one I guess I'll have to save the dough...the petsmart thing maybe we can try soon cuz we have them nearby....I will read the articles...they look very interesting and I like the clicker idea! You guys are the BEST!
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Patricia McConnell's book "For the Love of a Dog" has a few chapters on fear-based aggression. While it's no substitute for a behavior specialist appointment, it's a fascinating read.

Me+DH+DS1+DS2+Dog=me and a house full of guys, which is really just peachy, thanks.
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