Common Behavior Problems
Don't Get Along with Other Non-family Dogs
If your dog is aggressive to unfamiliar dogs, it can severely limit
where you can take him and what activities he can enjoy. If your
dog is a grumpy Gus, you may find it difficult to take him hiking,
may be prevented from enrolling in doggie day care or a training
class, or from even being able to walk your dog in your neighborhood.
There is no one reason why some dogs can’t play well with
others. Reasons range from breed tendencies, to a bad experience
with another dog, to a lack of socialization either during puppy
hood or adolescence. Some dogs simply enjoy intimidating other dogs.
You must first manage your dog’s environment so that he can’t
harm other dogs. Perhaps this means no off-leash time for now.
The difficulty in working with these problems is being able to
create situations in which your dog can learn how to behave.
Some communities have special classes for dog-to-dog aggression
problems. Be sure to evaluate these classes carefully. Some have
great success rates, while others are poorly managed classes that
only give dogs a chance to practice more aggressive behavior.
Download our free handout on Guidelines
For Selecting a “Growl Class" to help you
decide if a class you’re considering is well run.
What are realistic expectations for working with these problems?
Some dogs can eventually learn to play well with others, and participate
in social groups. For other dogs, perhaps the best you can expect
is to be able to control and manage your dog on leash in the presence
of other dogs, such as when you are walking your dog in a park.
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