why does my dog get aggressive with me
My fiance and I adopted Roxy about 2 years ago from an animal rescue. we adopted her so that my other dog, Zeke, who is a male Jack Russel/Pug of the same age could have a companion. The shelter said that she had been to several foster homes and that she loves to play and she gets along great with other dogs and when she met Zeke, they were like best friends. The first month we noticed that she was very skittish about everything which we were told is normal since it is a new environment. After a couple of months living with us she started showing aggression towards male strangers. The bigger the man was the more aggressive she would be. We figured that she may have been abused by a man so we didn t think much of it and just introduced her slowly to people. Around the same time I also noticed that she is manipulative towards Zeke. For example, I give them each a toy, Roxy doesn t really like to play with toys but she doesn t like Zeke having one. So she will bark at the door and when Zeke gets up to investigate, she takes his toy and shreds it in front of him. Zeke and Roxy are constantly mounting each other and they are both fixed. After being with us for about 7 months or so, I got pregnant and her aggression progressed towards all strangers instead of only men.
Every time she ever shows aggression towards someone entering our house, Zeke would immediately start mounting her, I guess as a show of dominance? I mentioned her aggression to the Vet and they said she is just being protective of me because I was pregnant. She has now been with us for two years or so and her aggression has progressed even further. She growls at people she already is familiar with and she attacks Zeke constantly. She has caused Zeke to bleed on several occasions. However, she has not attacked or threatened us or our 16 month old, except one time she nipped our daughter in the face, however she did jump onto Roxy while she was sleeping and startled her. Our 16 month old does like to climb on Roxy but we correct our child and then praise the dog for staying calm. Every week I seem to be breaking up more and more fights between the dogs. I have no idea what is going on. I took her to the vet and they said they think it is dominance and possessive aggression. We have taken actions to try and fix this such as making the dogs sleep in their own bed, using a lot of eye contact, entering the room before her, and even exercising her more and nothing seems to be working. I read something about grabbing the dog s skin on the back of the neck but that makes her extremely aggressive towards us.
They eat out of the same food bowl and water bowl at the same time so she isn t possessive about that. My fiance does not want to get rid of her but I am concerned for our child s safety since her aggression progresses every week. We need help please.
Dog aggression is a major dog problem for owners. I want to help you understand the causes of dog aggression, so you can overcome this dog problem. Dog aggression stems from the dog's frustration and dominance. The dog's frustration comes from a lack of dog exercise, and the dog's dominance comes from a lack of calm-assertive leadership. I deal with a lot of red zone dog behavior cases, and I often hear people incorrectly blaming the breed. Any breed can cause trouble. The difference between an aggressive Chihuahua and an aggressive pit bull is that the bigger breeds can cause proportionately bigger damage. It is important to recognize the power of a strong breed, like the pit bull, the Cane Corso, and the Mastiff. These dogs are very powerful and, if they are unbalanced, they can cause serious injury. Remember, these dogs donвt dream of being in the news when they grow up. Bad dog behavior and dog problems are not premeditated. Bad things happen when powerful breeds (or mixes of powerful breeds) live with humans who like the breed but donвt understand and fulfill the animal in the dog.
Many people consider the look or popularity of a breed before thinking about whether the dog works for their lifestyle. This is a recipe for disaster. To control a powerful breed of dog, you need to become the dogвs pack leader and establish rules, boundaries, and limitations. You need to fulfill the dog as Nature intended the dog to be fulfilled. If you are considering adopting a powerful breed, make sure you are willing and able to take on the responsibility. For many fear-aggressive dogs, it is a lack of adequate dog exercise that is the root of the dog problem behavior. Dog exercise burns the dog's excess energy and helps maintain the dog's healthy state of mind. This is important because, in order to talk to the mind, you need to remove the energy from the body. With dog on dog aggression, your dogs are asking you to step up as the pack leader. Animals select pack leaders because they instinctually know who is strong and who can best lead them. An animal pack leader is concerned for the pack, not for himself. His natural instincts are protection and direction for the entire pack.
Itвs an unselfish role and an instinctual role. And in return, the pack completely trusts the pack leader. You need to earn your dogsв trust, loyalty, and respect before the dogs will look to you as their leader and you do this by giving them rules, boundaries, and limitations. Once your dogs see you as their pack leader, the dog on dog aggression will stop as they stop fighting for dominance because you will be their calm-assertive pack leader. It is important to understand that red zone dogs are usually frustrated dogs. To control a powerful breed, you need to master the position of pack leader. The sheer size and strength of a pit bull, Mastiff, Cane Corso, Rottweiler, or any other large dog can quickly transform a frustrated and dominant animal into a serious threat. You must gain control of the situation and dog behavior before it escalates. When dealing with red zone dogs, I start by working with the owners, explaining how to establish themselves as the pack leader and to understand the animal in their dog. This is a crucial part of rehabilitating your dog and overcoming dog problems: changing your behavior. If you revert to your old ways, so will your dog. How have you changed your behavior to rehabilitate your dog? Tell it all in the comments below.
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