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Dominance/Agression in 3y/o Male
Hey guys, Ive visited the site numerous times for tips on raising my dobe right, but this is my first time posting on the site and I need to ask a question so apologize if I am posting this in the wrong section.
I have a 3 year old male (Not Neutered) who seemingly out of nowhere has started to show what I think are some dominace related aggression issues over the past month. He has never showed any real aggression towards dogs or people since I have had him,(since 8weeks old) and the fact that these incidences are becoming more frequent is forcing me to take action. He started with something like being pet when all of a sudden he lets out a very low growl with his hair up and slinks out of the room to the basement where he sleeps. Ok, I understand maybe hes tired..so I let it slide a couple of times. But then about a little over a month ago my Mother was petting him when he backed off, with his hair up on his whole back and lips curled barking at her. He then had a similar instance with my sister. The next time he did this (slinking to the basement) i calmly follwed him downstairs and had him come to me and pet his head on my lap. As soon as my hand touched his back he took a jump back,barking hair up etc. I then put him in his cage immediately. As the main caregiver to him in my house I was shocked that he would do that to me. About a week goes by and my younger sister has friends over. As one of her friends is petting him without any warning he lets out a loud continuous bark and nips her hand. At the point i got downstairs, he was in another room with his tail down and ears back, and my sisters friend was obviously a little shaken up. Although she only had a tiny cut on her hand, its nothing to take lightly when my guy is about 110lbs and 31" at the withers. He was again taken to his cage. That was YESTERDAY and now today we have started to take every effort in correctly training him, like when he was a puppy. Have him leashed in the house, sit,stay etc. TONIGHT after we had him quietly laying throughout the day and praising him when he deserved it, my mother took him into the den where her and my dad were. My mom was sitting on the floor with him when out of nowhere he turned barking at my mother and nipped her arm(no damage to her at all thank God). My dad then yelled at him and brought him into his cage.
I know I have made numerous points here, but around me I have nothing to worry about and he has never done this around me or to me, with the exception of that one time. It seems like from what I have read that it may be some dominance issues (fact that he persistantly puts his bodyweight into you and will not leave you alone until he is pet) I just find it strange that he would start acting out like this out of nowhere at 3 years old.Unless its just that time where he shoukd be showing dominance. And he has never done anything aggressive towards dogs, people or anything OUTSIDE of my house.
Any help would be great Thank You!