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My dog has started trying to bite other dogs.

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Collarsandcutoffs Fri 23-Sep-16 19:50:34

We have a rescue about four years old.
He has never been any good at recall despite training, he can do it if concentrates and wants to but any sign of a rabbit and he is off like a shot!

So I only ever walk him on lead although he has spent time off lead with other dogs in the family.

He used to be a bit irritable off lead with other dogs, a lot of play biting and snapping and over excited chasing as if he doesn't know how to handle them (he is a rescue so no idea if he has been socialised but doubt it) but on lead would just sniff them a lot and pull.

Now he has started bowing as other dogs approach when we are walking off lead and pounces as they go by which has progressed in the last week to include growling and now snapping.

It's horrible and I'm getting to feel I shouldn't take him out.

At home he is soft as butter, trained to sit and lie and doesn't guard food (slightly does toys but only a gentle warning growl).

What could have changed?

How do I handle it?

Collarsandcutoffs Fri 23-Sep-16 21:46:10


Collarsandcutoffs Sat 24-Sep-16 16:55:34


Noofly Sat 24-Sep-16 17:12:40

I can't really help you but we are in a similar situation! Our 2 year old gets over excited when greeting dogs. He will lie flat down on the path like he is smashing himself in which people mistake for being submissive and think is really sweet. He's actually like a coil waiting to spring and at the exact right moment he will bounce up, race over and bounce on the unsuspecting dog. Recently he has started doing this with a growl so I have completely stopped letting him meet dogs unless he is on lead (before I was letting him bounce on dogs he already knows where they are just as bouncy and wanting to play).

However, he will now sometimes lunge and growl at dogs while on lead (after doing his lying down bit). I've started stroking him while he's still lying down, telling to be gentle and this seems to work. He's absolutely fine once he has sniffed the dog/been sniffed and is completely calm unless they want a play, in which case he will joyfully go off to play. It's the initial overexcitement at the possibility of meeting a dog that sets him off.

Noofly Sat 24-Sep-16 17:13:19

smushing not smashing

Wonderflonium Sat 24-Sep-16 17:41:06

I think you need to book a behaviourist/trainer. They'll have some really good techniques to get your pupper back on track.

takesnoprisoners Sat 24-Sep-16 18:07:06

Tough one. I will look at professional help for something like this especially since you don't know what happened at their last home. Good luck, OP

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