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Old 12-20-2012, 01:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dog aggression

So....knowing the doberman can be prone to same sex aggression should it be concerning to me when my 8 month old puppy acts out? He has always played fantastically with the neighbor dogs and the only reaction I have ever seen from him towards another dog has been extreme excitement, the play bow and wagging nub. He is always played extremely rough but has never been aggressive in any way. Today, while picking up his food at the store we ran into a couple with a sweet little 3 month doberman male. I did not see Stryker's normal reaction, instead, after he had a chance to sniff, he growled and barked and lunged at the little guy. To say I was taken back would be a huge understatement!! I had good control over him as I always do when introducing him to new dogs thank goodness!! Should I be concerned about this? Gosh, he is SUCH a good family dog!! He absolutely adores all people at home and outside of our home. He is amazing with my boys and I just never expected to see that behavior out of him!


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Old 12-20-2012, 01:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry for the double post! Hopefully someone can delete one!!!
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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One isolated incident does not mean he is dog aggressive. There can be a lot of things that contributed to the behavior - it is how you handled it that will determine how he responds to the next time.

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At 8 months he's starting to become manly.
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Good to know! Thanks. He had his pinch collar on today so I gave it a little snap, a no and made him sit. I could not get his focus off the puppy though. Any advice on how exactly to handle a situation like that would be greatly appreciated.


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Good to know! Thanks. He had his pinch collar on today so I gave it a little snap, a no and made him sit. I could not get his focus off the puppy though. Any advice on how exactly to handle a situation like that would be greatly appreciated.


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You need to get into a group obedience class and work on the "leave it" command. He will learn to behave on the lead around other dogs much easier this way. It is a valuable experience. He should not be focusing on the other dog. Do you have treats or a toy? What will he work for? You need to use what motivates him to stop his focus on the other dog. I'd not put him in a sit but turn and go the other direction. Correcting him when you put him in a sit can be confusing to the puppy. Take him out of the situation and look for an obedience class with a trainer that can help you.

My male, I wouldn't trust with another male off lead. On lead he obeys me and that's what you want. He understands that he is expected to focus on me and will unless there is a threat.
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