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    Hi everyone,

    I have a dog who is aggressive to other dogs regardless their sizes and he goes insane (I am yet too find a dog behaves like mine). I talked about this with my vet and she recommended med intervention which i am quite willing to do with behaviourist intervention at the same time within a few month time. Meanwhile I want to see if I can use loud noise to distract him on other dogs. I know people use pots, cans etc in house (he is a perfect dog in the house) but what can i use for walking without attracting too much attention from people lol....Do you have any suggestion?

    p.s. I use clicker also.

    He is 3 year old s/tzu (on the paper from a rescue agency) but I think he has JRT in him. He is wickedly smart!!!!
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    I have a dog aggressive dog. Fear aggression coming from lack of socilaisation as a puppy before i got her.

    Once she has met a dog a few times, she is usually ok with it, but i never let her play with any dogs expect Atlas, just incase

    I did a lot of training at home with her, sits and stays and look at me, when out walking if i see another dog coming ipull off the path, position her so she is facing away from the dog, get her to sit and stay, if she moves she gets a check on her check chain.

    she has gone from a 4 month old puppy that was intent to kill any other dog, to a dog I can now take for walks, she hardly growls at other dogs (only does it if they dont walk past - like at work today, she could see the dog, and we were unable to move, so she started to growl)

    I would never drug her, as I knew I could handle it.

    I would also not go down the loud noise path unless i knew what i was doing, it could just cause more problems in the long run. Ring someone who knows what they are doing and get them in ASAP.

    Can i ask, what rescue did you get the dog from? Dogs with this much aggression should never be rehomed, they have set you up with a life of stress and never being able to own another dog. As much as I love kaos, i often think of how much easier life would be without her- I will never ever take on a dog aggressive dog.

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    Thanks Terrorbull,

    I won't disclose the agency name but one of the major ones. I knew that this one has the problem from the second day, but I could not return him as I believe in fate...lol...He was my second dog and from the moment he walked into our house he was ok with my mini sch. I know that I won't be able to get another dog while he is aggressive even though i love to foster other dogs!!!

    I do general training (those you suggested) with my dog and he gets better and better every time. I believe if I can just snap out of his obsessiveness/aggression to other dogs momentarily, i can keep him on track.
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    Hi hachna

    Have you tried to contact Steve Courtney from K9Force? He is an expert in dog behaviour and might just be able to help you. He is located in Sydney

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    My little dog used to be just like that.
    Barking like a nut case non stop, snarling, lunging and flipping himself all around whilst walking on lead and a dog came by.
    Joined a new training class today using slip collar and the results were amazing.
    He shut up, looked at me, listened and was walking literally beside other dogs and didn't bat an eyelid.
    I think you just need to find a really good obedience club who will work with you one on one like the one I have found.
    I am still in shock as I never thought this possible! especially in a short amount of time!

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    Hachna,

    Im in a rush and just quickly logged in, so read your first post but not any others. Sorry if my suggestion has already been said.

    I buy the packs of squeaky mice (for cats) from the cheap store, about $2 for a pack of 3, they fit completely in my hand and have a really loud squeak. They get Baileys attention brilliantly when out walking.

    Hope this helps.

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    Hachna

    I've seen heaps of dogs that go insane nasty at the sight of other dogs. Especially the little ones. It's probably a combination of fear aggression - "I'll get you before you get me" and people allowing it to happen. I avoid owners who pick their dog up the second it expresses any anxiety at the sight of another dog, even one that is crawling on approach, or not approaching at all. This rewards and encourages aggressive behaviour in the small dog.

    Definitely put a post in the k9pro training bit. Hopefully Steve should offer some suggestions that would be useful. There are already some there for aggressive dogs.

    My suggestions would be along the lines of blocking your dog's view of other dog, and feeding it treats when it is being calm and well behaved. If it can't be calm and well behaved, increase your distance.

    The other suggestion would be to approach and retreat, ie with a dog that calm and far away enough not to excite your dog, approach indirectly (ie at an angle designed to miss by a fair bit), and if your dog starts showing any signs of anxiety or interest, turn and go the other way until your dog calms down, treat when calm. Try again. Repeat lots.

    I think it is wonderful that you are taking this aggression seriously in a small dog. So many little dog owners just allow their dogs to be nasty PITA with every other dog they meet, and I don't have much patience for dog owners like that.

    Jazz and Banjo,
    Glad you found somewhere that works for you. Is it the same club as before or a different one?

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    Thanks Hy...
    Its a different club to yours. I just felt like me and banj needed more attention and one on one then yours had the resources to show us.
    Its a very small club.
    So am very happy its worked out so well

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    Thanks everyone,

    I also read the previous posts from Dogmad (I pmed but no avail). Does anyone know what happened to the dog Dogmad concerned about?

    Hachna
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