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    Default How do i stop my 5year Staffy X attacking other dogs and people?

    5 year old Staffy X Cattle378949_1806603861991_667720156_n[1].jpg
    Ever since a pup she has been picking fights with other dogs I have no idea how to stop her! and i dont want her faults to pass on to our new Amstaff pup..

    How can I stop her from hating other dogs? and shamed to say - other people she tries to attack I cant even walker her anymore... and i really dont want my Amstaff to follow her lead!

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    Socialize more - I know it is easy to say that, but if you seek proper training it will pay off.
    I do 1 on 1 training with my local trainer and our cindy is doing very well.

    Good luck - A lot of dedication on this one I guess
    m<(o.o)>m

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    Get a behaviourist in straight away - you need professional help if this dog is both DA and HA

    sorry but I think you are not very responsible to now bring in another puppy without addressing this issue with your dog before you bought the puppy home. Too often I see older dogs dumped in pounds and the reason - got a new puppy and it doesnt like it

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    Get a book called "control unleashed" by Lesley McDevitt and focus on the "Look At That" technique (LAT), ie you get your dog used to a clicker or marker word (eg "yes), say "yes" give dog a treat. Then take dog where it can see another dog from a very great distance - where you can still get your dog's attention, say "look at that" when your dog looks at the dog, say "yes" and give a treat, then get her to do something else like look at you or sit (say yes) and give a treat...

    Ie you reward your dog for looking at another dog where she's still far enough away to have some self control. You give your dog a different reason to look at other dogs eg get treats. So she starts to feel more warm fuzzy food feelings about other dogs.

    Eventually you can work on being a little bit closer.

    But I think you would also need help ASAP from an experienced dog trainer - I would ask Steve Courtney at K9 Pro The K9 Professionals; Online Dog Shop to recommend someone in your area. Eg send an email - put in the subject line something like "dog trainer near Gold Coast recommendation for DA HA dog please". And then put details in the email.

    I would not try to fix it by yourself - because so far what you've tried is not working and you need help.

    And you're right, your older dog will train the younger one to be the same. I would not allow the younger one to see the older one misbehaving, which might mean keeping them separate when there are triggers for your older dog around.

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    How is she with the new puppy?

    You need to get on top of this asap.... I would be looking for a professional today.

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    get a hold of Jane Harper ASAP and ask her who she reccomends for the dog. That or Craig Murray

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    this is nothing you should try and do alone or from someone without high levels of behavioral experience. It is not common for a dog to be both HA and DA at the same time there is a lot going on here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dexter View Post
    Get a behaviourist in straight away - you need professional help if this dog is both DA and HA

    sorry but I think you are not very responsible to now bring in another puppy without addressing this issue with your dog before you bought the puppy home. Too often I see older dogs dumped in pounds and the reason - got a new puppy and it doesnt like it
    Shes fine with any baby animal, Shes been around chickens and use to move them around the yard from pen to pen, Licks our cat to death since she was a kitten, watched our cat have kittens and helped her clean them.. She isnt nasty to any animal as long as she has known then since they were young, its only grown dogs in the street and strangers that get to close to me and my son while walking...
    She would never end up in the pound, if anything my pup would be given to my cousin who wanted her aswell but let me have her. My older dog is my baby I could never get rid of her...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosies Mum View Post
    How is she with the new puppy?

    You need to get on top of this asap.... I would be looking for a professional today.
    Shes fine, Loves her! She fine with anything young but never had pups herself. Shes been out on a farm with chicks/chickens, Loves our cat since the day we got her at 4weeks, watched the cat give birth, helped clean them (the cat and dog are best friends) and stayed in the same room 24/7 with the kittens (3 litters).. she has no problem with people we let into the house through the door or children, loves my son! hes 18months and can sit on her, tackle her ect..

    Its only strangers in the street and grown dogs while out walking

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    What's your definition of attack? Is it lunging? Barking? Growling and staring? Or does teeth get involved quickly? What does she do to people that pass you?

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    You still need to see a behaviorist. If the aggression is ONLY on leash and/or when off your property then it is very likely an anxiety issue and once they see her (both in the home and out on the street) they will be able to give YOU the right training to that you can help her to overcome her fears and become (eventually) a joy to walk. It won't happen overnight and it will take time and effort on your part as well as everyone else in the household but it would be so worth it!

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