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PostSubject: Dog Agression and Dixie's Training...   Tue 18 May 2010, 10:11 pm

Dealing with your dog aggression...

The most important thing when dealing with your dog aggressive dog – is that you remain calm and focused. If you don’t know what you should be doing – your dog won’t either. You need to set the example in which you want your dog to follow. Remaining calm will help your dog greatly as your dog will pick up on your vibes –fear, stress, anger, relaxed etc. You want to remain in a calm assertive state (as Cesar would say!) This really does work !

It can be a very scary experience when you have a dog that is severely dog aggressive and they are growling, snarling at the end of the lead...but you MUST stay calm.

Find out what your dog REALLY loves...whether it be a squeaky toy, treats etc – use this to your advantage. If you can distract your dog whilst other dogs are around you have half the battle won in my opinion. Your dogs main focus should be it’s owner – it’s leader. If you can’t get your dogs attention then you need to seek professional help for other methods such as spray/vibrate collars etc.

You MUST make sure you see the other dog(s) before your dog does...if you let him/her see other dogs you are allowing him/her to get into a state of mind you do not want them to be in – ie aggressive. That split second can really change things – which is why when owning a dog aggressive dog you have to be on the ball all the time. Once you have spotted the dog – start interacting with him/her – use that special treat/toy (NB – this toy/treat should only be used when out walking) to distract your dog. Praise them when they are behaving and displaying the right kind of behaviour...if they spot the dog and start going off on one then use a firm LEAVE or NO.

I always recommend teaching the leave command in the home/garden first – that way your dog has an idea of what you are asking. You can use this command when your dog tries to make eye contact or even looks at another dog. He/she will soon learn that bad behaviour does not get rewarded.

I have used all of these methods with my Stafford Bitch and after a years hard work she can now socialise (on lead!) with other dogs. I monitor her body language and as soon as I see a slight change in her body language I correct her right away.

Working with a dog aggressive dog is an on going thing – you can’t work with your dog 1 day a week and expect to see a change you have to work with your dog on every walk – which should be 2 or 3 times a day. Every day is a training session and you should not give up because as soon as you see a slight improvement you will feel an amazing sense of achievement. I enjoy working with my bitch and the improvement with her has shocked me – I would never trust her off lead with any other dog than Rocco. But she can and does come off lead when there are no other dogs around - as soon as I spot one – I recall her and she goes back on the lead and only then can she be introduced to other dogs.

I hope this is some help.

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PostSubject: Re: Dog Agression and Dixie's Training...   Tue 18 May 2010, 10:14 pm

Thank you Nikki
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PostSubject: Re: Dog Agression and Dixie's Training...   Tue 18 May 2010, 10:18 pm

That's ok hun - it's just what I found worked for her. May not work for every dog.

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PostSubject: Re: Dog Agression and Dixie's Training...   Wed 19 May 2010, 6:54 am

Hi Nikki

It is pretty much what I am doing, I now allow him to look then reward, look, reward as we walk past. On occasion we will still sit whilst they pass us depending on his behaviour. I have found that he is more reactive to dogs that are looking at him, most of them are not interested and are happy to walk by but if the others do stare he is off.
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PostSubject: Re: Dog Agression and Dixie's Training...   Tue 08 Jun 2010, 12:54 pm

Nikki can I pick your brains on this one? I've noticed that Ruby is now beginning to curl her tail up when we meet other dogs, particularly bitches. She's been fine with Alison's Elli, there was a lot of circling around one another beforehand but eventually they decided to play. She had a go at another staffy bitch this morning in which I had to intervene before it got out of hand, it was all teeth and no injury and we made them walk together afterwards but I'm beginning to wonder if she is picking up unstable signals from me? Jo, I'd like your opinion on this too? Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Dog Agression and Dixie's Training...   Wed 07 Jul 2010, 2:58 pm

I'd like to see that training method done on my old girl Leyla oops

If you were to see her near another dog, you would have no idea shes highly dog aggressive.
She just stares at them, and even wags her tail till their in striking distance and all hell breaks loss.
A Stafford that mouths off on the lead, will nine times out of ten run with its tail between its legs if you dropped the lead.

You will not cure a DA Stafford, you may get it to at least tollerate another dog near it but thats all. spinner smile
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PostSubject: Re: Dog Agression and Dixie's Training...   Wed 07 Jul 2010, 11:21 pm

I've also asked the question of our dog trainer and he says she is taking over from Elsdon and being the dominant dog. Last night was a good example, some lads went past kicking a football, Ruby let them know about it, Elsdon just looked up and went Oh what's the fuss? He's so laid back nowadays bless him. Having said that she doesn't bark at everything so it's not a problem and I'm happy she's the more dominant one of them, although I know he would help her out if she got into trouble.
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PostSubject: Re: Dog Agression and Dixie's Training...   Thu 08 Jul 2010, 12:57 pm

Females will rule the doggie household, even if the male was there 1st.
My old girl puts all mine in their place, even the 6wk old pups know not to push it with her. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Dog Agression and Dixie's Training...   Thu 08 Jul 2010, 1:00 pm

Denise67 wrote:
Females will rule the doggie household, even if the male was there 1st.
My old girl puts all mine in their place, even the 6wk old pups know not to push it with her. lol!

bit like humans really its allways the older ones such as grandparents to put the younger ones in their place and keep the family unit so to speak
my old nan was allways the one to have the last word and say
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PostSubject: Re: Dog Agression and Dixie's Training...   Thu 08 Jul 2010, 2:15 pm

Yep my girls walk allover Troy. Maggie is the most placid girl now when outside on walks, shes gentle and timid.

In the house its another story, she can just shoot a look at any of them and they stop in their tracks and darent move.

India even has Troy under control now. Im glad as Mark & Troy are both under the thumb/paw....how me and my girls like it lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Dog Agression and Dixie's Training...   Thu 08 Jul 2010, 7:05 pm

Yep I agree, Chloe rules the roost here
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PostSubject: Re: Dog Agression and Dixie's Training...   Thu 08 Jul 2010, 7:09 pm

Yup, Daisy is the boss here!
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PostSubject: Re: Dog Agression and Dixie's Training...   Thu 08 Jul 2010, 9:29 pm

Here's to girl power! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Dog Agression and Dixie's Training...   Sat 26 Feb 2011, 7:42 pm

Denise67 wrote:
You will not cure a DA Stafford, you may get it to at least tollerate another dog near it but thats all. spinner smile

Once a full understanding of why the aggression is being displayed, it can be addressed and the dog can be returned to the social animal it naturally is.

Breed has nothing to do with it, please don't tar Staffies with this myth. I have helped many (mainly rescue centre) Staffies, Staffie crosses and pit bulls with aggression issues become very sociable dogs. My own red nose pbt had bad aggression issues at the rescue and I now use her to help me rehab other aggressive dogs as her manners are now awesome.
The term dog aggression is a bit misleading, 9 times out of 10 I find it is fear based and the aggressive display is the result of the handler putting the dog in a situation it is not yet able to cope with.

check out this page, a few of these Staffies were signed into the rescue centre with aggression issues, see if you can spot which ones....
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ropemonkey09/sets/72157624362395240/
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PostSubject: Re: Dog Agression and Dixie's Training...   Sat 26 Feb 2011, 7:50 pm

I had a look at these pics the other day and to be honest I would have no idea whatsoever. I am very impressed at how relaxed they all are in each others company considering a lot of them are rescues with unknown history and previous aggression issues

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PostSubject: Re: Dog Agression and Dixie's Training...   Sun 27 Feb 2011, 9:12 am

Me too, I've just enjoyed a good luck at your photos and the video of the six staffies together, brilliant!
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PostSubject: Re: Dog Agression and Dixie's Training...   Sun 27 Feb 2011, 9:34 am

Excellent post, thank you everyone xxxx
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