It's been a long time since I've posted even though I do lurk : P
Unfortunately I have a problem. Loeka is now 9 months and seems to have become a crazy adolescent. I don't know if I'm doing things right and would like some advice. In fact, I'm looking for a dog trainer if anyone knows of one in the Brisbane area?
The most important and worrying thing is that he seems to have become super aggressive to certain dogs in the dogpark. He will drop the ball/frisbee, run at them full speed and start barking at them and snapping at them. If the dog runs, he will run after them. If they snap back, he will NOT back down. As far as I know, he has never touched another dog but it's gotten very close.
I have a few things I do. If it's without warning and the other dog seems to not put up with it, I grab him by the collar and push him to the floor and growl LEAVE IT and I leave the dog park. Party time is definitely over. He DEFINITELY knows he cannot get away with it so I don't understand why he even tries.
The thing is, it's certain dogs - it seems to be dogs that are timid dogs that are bullied by other dogs as well. I wonder if they are sending out some signal that really sets him off. Or he will go for dogs that bully other dogs.
I'm not sure what else I can do. I don't want to stop going to dog parks because it seems to me I need to keep up socialization if anything else. And I go to dog obedience once a week and train every other day.
I'm thinking of calling a dog trainer and having them see him in action when one of the "problem" dogs walk by. Any other advice would be much appreciated as well because he's getting super frustrating and I don't want it to escalate.