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    I am having a couple if issues with my dog, mainly aggression issues which I am worried about & have a dog behaviorist helping me with. We have been through this before when he was a pup ( he's only 1 now) anyway, recently he has become very aggressive & is actually trying to bite people, he has also become very scared of thunder storms & also becomes overly excited when seeing people he likes.

    Anyway, apart from seeking help with the trainer I was looking into medications. I would rather try natural ones & have heard about homeopet anxiety, rescue remedy etc. Has anyone tried these & have they worked?

    Any recommendations?

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    What breed dog do you have?
    I have had some success with those pheramone(not sure of spelling) smelly plug ins.
    I have had great success with changing diet more though in conjunction to training of course.
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    There is a thing on the market called a "thundershirt" which hugs a dog and the pressure calms it down.
    Thundershirt | The Best Dog Anxiety Treatment
    Thundershirt at Waggle Canine Adventure Gear

    I haven't tried it but I've read lots of good stuff about it.

    Exercise and desensitisation and impulse control training may help.

    Ie if he gets excited about seeing people he likes - you can't let him greet those people until he calms down and stops jumping round like a mad thing. Only let him approach for greeting while he can do so calmly and on a loose lead. If the lead goes tight, he's not calm enough, drag him away and start again. Use lots of treats to let him know when he's got it right (loose lead, calm, quiet).

    I don't let my dog off the lead at the park until she can sit calmly and quietly on a loose lead. And it's so much nicer for me and everybody else. I take the lead off, give her the release signal and she can go greet her friends.

    Same with greeting new dogs at club or the park. If she's lunging and pulling she doesn't get to greet anybody.

    For desensitisation training - I think you can get cds of thunder noise and you can use these to get your dog accustomed to the sound of thunder. You don't get the associated humitity, wind and weather changes, but you can start with quiet thunder on the stereo, and build up. Treat the dog for remaining calm, and ignore any freaked out behaviour but back the sound down, and start over. Do not leave the cd around where teenage kids can use it.

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    DAP is the plug in, I had no joy with that when my rescue newf was aggressive, but some do.

    My first thing is always get a vet health check. some dogs can become aggressive due to ill health, such as thyroid problems or all sorts of stuff.

    And some vets can help with drugs to treat symptoms

    Also have you tried calming signals...they really work on my dogs. i use them in Obedience in stays when things are happening. I have had dogs jump on my dogs in the sit/stay and lick my dogs in sit/stays. They have stayed...... I have stood in front of them and yawned and blinked and licked my lips. I know it sounds stupid but it works.

    I used it quite a bit with my dog when I was retraining her to be friendlier. If i could see her tense, before the reaction, i would ask for focus and yawn, lick lips....If she relaxed visibly i would reward.
    I am not sure if my body stance relaxes and she react to that or if it is because it is what dogs do. It is known and studied in dog behaviour.

    And then there is the whole desensitisation/counter conditioning that you also have to / can do. I did all of that with Annabelle about two years ago now and it was fabulous. I always watch her, but she is well socialised now and on her best behaviour as long as I am around. Aggression is something you can deal with, but i think it will always be there in the back ground. I know that Annabelle will react when a dog attacks her, but now my "leave it" will stop her......
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    Newfsie I'd love to talk to you more about the desensitization training you did with Annabelle. I'm looking into it for Roxie but no one will really tell me what it entails. What methods / training focuses are used?

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    Thanks Newfie thats the 1 & yes I said some as I tried it on 4 different dogs but only helped with 1 really & a little with another I think.
    The calming signals are great I use a sit & stay signal also.
    I find each dog can be different & find I tend to take a different approach with each dog really. Aggression is a very hard fix though, it can be done most of the time but not always but 1 thing is sure it takes a lot of time, comitment & patience.
    Good luck.
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    And the training never stops. And I am always very aware of any dogs near her. i can let her off lead at certain Training places I go, with nice dog, good owners. And I do at the Newfie days. But I would never go to a dog park and let her off, if I had never met the other dogs. If any dog attacked Annabelle she would attack back. And from two scary experiences in the early days, a full on newf in fighting mode is one hell of a dog. they are a mastiff and can fight Bears.
    But she is very friendly at training and even allows dogs to be barky or a little snappy (small dogs especially) and takes no notice. "leave it" is my solution, no matter what, she will and sit there and look at me.

    My underlying knowledge was that Annabelle was a terrific and well socialized puppy until about ten weeks. Her breeder kept full record of her early socialization. that is why I took Annabelle on. I have great faith in dogs who are well socialized as puppies.

    It is the same reason why I have taken on a timid nervous ( not so much now already) Lukey.........Our breeder has well socialized puppies. They get to meet people and other dogs, very early on. It is a good foundation........

    Would I take on a large breed of unknown origin, probably not. Unless I did it together with one very savvy Dog Trainer I know, who helped me with Annabelle
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    Thanks for the replies, He is a maltese x bichon, just turned 1.
    We started training again & he seems to be going well. i also bought some homeopet anxiety drops & will see if that helps him during storms & stressful situations.

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    Default Dog fear treatment

    These can be difficult problems to treat.
    Lots of targetted and general training and conditioning can help a little. I'm interested in the thundershirt and will check that out!

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