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    I agree also that obedaince school may not be best till you have the aggression sorted out. Not all private trainers cost an arm & a leg, ask around see who others in your area use.

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    Thank you for your advice. I had a look at Mark Singer's website last night and wondered about it, so it is good that you recommend him. I am going to send him an email and see what he thinks.

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    This could be one reason why Neddie was surrendered.
    If so there is no cure just management. Not all dogs get along with other dogs. I agree with Steve and get Mark Stinger or alike for an assessment.

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    Molly33, thanks for your advice. RSPCA said because they had too many animals and not enough money, but could of been another reason they didn't mention....

    Other then him not getting on with other dogs I can see he has been trained and dearly loved... He sits, drops kind of and gets on really well with my two cats. He is wonderful in every way... Doesn't bark, doesn't chew, he is a really really easy dog... I feel very lucky that the time was right and he was there when I went...

    I have family not agreeing with my decision to get a dog from RSPCA and an adult dog, but I feel that I definitly did the right thing by getting an adult dog. I also know that Neddie learns very quickly so once I am trained in the right way to train him, it might be resolved.

    Molly33 I am glad you think getting Mark should help

    I have printed out a couple of articles about how to make sure Neddie is calm when he leaves the house. I am going to give these a try first and if it doesn't seem to make much difference with the aggression, then I will be booking a time in the new year with Mark. If Neddie gets injured in a fight it is going to cost more in vet bills then Marks fee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by molly33 View Post
    This could be one reason why Neddie was surrendered.
    If so there is no cure just management. Not all dogs get along with other dogs. I agree with Steve and get Mark Stinger or alike for an assessment.
    Sorry but I have to disagree about there being no cure just managment.
    I have been involved in rehoming stray & unwanted pets for longer than I care to admitt & over the last decade I have consatrated on aggrisive dogs. Not all aggresive dogs are fixable but alot are & I can give you several exsamples of dogs that where cured. Alot of dogs with aggression issues are actully more fearful than aggresive. They end up comforted with their fear[another dog] & responding with classic fight or flight reacttions & considering they generally have their flight reaction limited by leads, fences etc all they have left is fight.
    This is not an easy problem to fix but I truely beleive with the correct knowegable behavour modifacation & follow up training & plenty of dedeacasion on the owners behalf it's totally fixable.

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    I love the fact that you adopted Neddie.
    There is so much info on the net so just be careful, hence the assessment by a professional.
    Most dogs that are reactive are smart and can do obedience to a very high level.
    The other thing is you have only had him a few months so he could be feeling his way so don't put too much pressure on him. Some dogs are just not wired right , he may have missed his critical learning period, or most probably the owners did no work with him.
    Dog to dog issues can fit into 3 broad categories-aggression, timidity and excitability.
    For me I would start Classical Conditioning and working out Neddie's critical distance.

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    Do you think that starting with making sure Neddie is calm at the start of the walk, doesn't rush out the door and doesn't pull on the lead. Are these things going to help?

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    I believe all dogs should start the walk on a calm note.
    So yes I do.
    I would just take things slowly and in a calm manner. For the time being I wouldn't worry about introducing him to other dogs. Practice him focusing on you.
    Don't push him.
    And Like I said before get some prof help. Forums are good but they are not the be all and end all of advice. Enjoy your walks.
    By the way what are you walking him on?

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    Thanks molly33, we will give it a go. I already make him calm down and sit before I attach the lead, but once the lead is attached he goes crazy, so we might work on the part after the lead is attached. At the moment just walking him on a normal collar

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    Good start

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