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    Hi guys,

    I'd be really interested in your opinion. Our Nero is almost 3yo now and recently I started noticing a change in his behaviour towards other dogs. He was always extremely sociable. He was never in a fight and there were no bad experiences with other dogs.

    He always wanted to greet other dogs and I was often struggling to keep him calm and centred when we approached other dogs on the lead. We managed even though he often behaved like a 35kg puppy.

    He is still sociable but when I walk him on a lead past another dog - he is showing off! He lunges and growls and barks... something he has never done before! His tail is still wagging and I'm sure he isn't aggressive but he does look quite intimidating - and of course other dogs react to it. Yesterday we met a couple of border collies who weren't impressed by his show. It was quite embarassing actually.

    So for now I'm not walking him anymore with our other dog but on his own - it's just easier to handle and I don't want her to pick up this behaviour. And I have dug out his 'halti' again... and I thought we had left that stage well behind! *sigh*. Anyway I'll be focussing on 'look at me' and 'sit' when we approach other dogs.

    But I'm really interested in what caused this sudden change in behaviour? I have two theories: Either he is growing up or having a recent addition to our family is somewhat boosting his ego. Roxy (our second dog) is very submissive and basically kisses the ground he walks on. OH thinks he is just getting a bit too full of himself...

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    Nero is a rather large lad, and somewhere between 2 and 3, large beef up a little. Swagger a fair bit. Add into the mix, something else is HIS, and yep, you've got a peacock.
    I think walking the other dog separately whilst you counter condition your way through this is the way to go. Back to basics, and reward the correct behaviours, walk him through several triggers, and get this under raps fast. You have a sound foundation to start from, something you did not have when he was a boisterous pup, and you did well handling him then, you will again.
    Settle him back down. He's clearly not really got the hand of this aggression milarky, more like trying it on for size. Just make nice manners far more rewarding.
    He's being a plonker, and whatever the cause, a back to basics and relearning revision sesh wont go amiss.

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    It sounds to me like he's starting to or is now mature and I wouldn't worry about it, as long as you keep him on a short lead (having him by your side) and under control when passing other dogs. As he is a large dog you should walk him separately with check chain and 2 mt lead. Have you done any obedience training, might be an Idea to join your local one for some good fun.
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    Thanks guys,

    I don't know how to use checkchains but have got a halti. He sulks when I put it on but it works wonders and after only a few walks with the halti he chose to remember his manners Just a few days ago we met the same border collies again and he didn't even gave them a second look - a bit of dirt on the road was far more interesting. He is also fine off the lead, obviously he only feels strong when I'm holding on to him ...

    Anyway I think you're right and he is just growing up and showing off. I notice other changes in his behaviour too - he still loves to play but he is not as crazy about other dogs anymore as he used to. He doesn't walk anymore... he struts and he is obsessively cocking his leg every 3 steps. He is getting more protective of HIS (his toys, his ball, his bones, his bed) but it's not problematic. I still can take everything away from him and he doesn't even blink an eye. He is actually a very good dog - just a bit of an idiot at times.

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    I have noticed similar changes in Snoopy lately also.
    He is approaching his 2nd birthday soon.

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    Does he ever get to play off leash with other dogs he doesn't know?

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    Yes, sometimes. We are living in a small town and dogs we don't know are not exactly a daily occurence. But he does when we take him to the beach or to the forest and he always plays nicely ... no problems off leash.

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