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1st September 2018

Dog on Dog Aggression

So you’ve got a dog. After years of dreaming of having a 4 legged companion to talk on group walks, trips to the beach, dog shows and the extended social life a dog can give you, you’ve finally got a dog.

Except your dog actually doesn’t like other dogs, so the social life that you dreamed your dog would add to hasn’t come true, in fact maybe the opposite has happened. Maybe people see your dog coming a mile off and avoid you and give you dirty looks as your dog barks at theirs, with whispers of ‘There are no bad dogs only bad owners’.

I have been training dogs for 8 years, am a member of the APDT and have come to specialise in dog on dog aggression.

Dog on dog aggression is actually one of my most common issues I have to deal with and is a subject that I also do seminars on.

Dog on Dog aggression can be caused by many factors, some of which is totally out of the owners control. Here are some of but not all of the causes.

  • Diet – Many popular dog foods contain e-numbers and colourings that can affect behaviour and can fuel aggressive behaviour. Check your dog food. Is it all colours of the rainbow? Choose a dog food that has a high percentage of a named meat source in it.

  • Genetics – What were your dogs parents temperaments? If they were very nervous or aggressive, it may well be passed down to your dog.

  • Pain and illness – Aggression or any behaviour changes should always mean a trip to the vets. Pain is not always obvious and I have seen many dogs with aggression issues that have had underlying pain and illness such as hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, ear infections, stomach issues, bladder issues and muscular skeletal issues. I also highly recommend a referral to a body worker such as a Canine Massage Therapist or Chiropractor to check and treat any underlying problems.

  • Fear – Possibly from either lack of socialisation or from a bad experience. Has your dog been attacked? Or has a dog with an over zealous nature been bullying your dog?

  • Aversive training techniques – Has your dog been punished around other dogs? Is your dog wearing a choke chain or other uncomfortable equipment that means that every time he see’s another dog something unpleasant happens?

  • So what do we do about all this?

    • Take your dog to the vet to check for any physical pain and illness and ask for a referral to a canine body worker

    • Check your dogs food at www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk

    • Get your dog a decent harness with a front attachment that doesn’t create any neck pressure. Neck pressure can elevate aggressive reactions.

    • Get help! Call me and schedule your dog in for some 1-2-1 training, where we can work on reducing reactivity.

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