Dog showed aggression.. - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 11-05-2013, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Posts: 5,151
• Horses: 2
Dog showed aggression..

I have also posted this on the dog forum, but any help is appreciated!

Bit of background.

I live at home with my parents, the two setters are 'family' dogs, however Tessi has a stronger attachment to my dad, and Rufus to myself.

We have never had any issues walking them, and due to laws in Germany they are kept on the lead 99% of the time (as most dogs are, or should be!). If we see another dog approach off the lead, we ask the owner to put the dog on the lead. No issues.

I was home alone from Saturday-Thursday as my family visited extended family in the UK. No issues, but after a couple of days the dogs started to shadow me around the house, and sleep by my bed of a night time rather than their beds or the landing.

Thursday morning, I was walking the dogs. Three black alsation types walked past, between two walkers. We said good morning to each other, dogs passed each other no issues.. then one of their dogs jumped and snapped at me.

My two went crazy. I pulled Rufus back, but I firmly believe if I hadn't, he would have had the other dog. Tessi who will run and hide behind me if another dog barks went in to the mix as well. I reacted, pulled them back and away and shouted at them which shut them up immediately. The owner then yelled at me, I pointed out her dog went for me, and as there were no injuries left.

Every dog we then passed, Rufus had his hackles up.

Since then, he is better, but tenses when passes other dogs. When I come home for lunch, or at the end of the day with my dad they howl the house down until we get in (they can hear us coming up the path and start creating noise).

He isn't stand offish with other dogs with my dad, just me.

All I can think is that my reaction, which was the wrong one, has now set this behaviour. It shook me up something rotten, I have never seen my dog like this before, but I really REALLY don't want it to happen again. I have checked to see if I tense up, or hold the lead tighter etc when we walk past other dogs, and I can't feel myself doing any of that. I always say hello to people as I walk past them... but I want to get out of this before it develops, and learn how to stop it from happening again.
DuffyDuck is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 12 Old 11-05-2013, 10:35 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 4,042
• Horses: 1
Your dog is just trying to protect you. My dachshund would lose his mind if another dog tried to bite me. That being said your dog needs to know that you can take care of yourself. Dogs feed off their owners energy. Maybe you can practice passing other dogs in the street with a trusted friend and his/her dog? It may take some time.
DuffyDuck and Foxhunter like this.
frlsgirl is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 11-05-2013, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Posts: 5,151
• Horses: 2
That is a good idea.

I know, and I love him to pieces.. but honestly it scared the hell out of me. I have never seen that side to him. Froth, snarling and snapping. Thank god I have strong arm muscles from riding o.o

I will speak to my friends and see if we can set up a course.. thanks for the idea!
DuffyDuck is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 11-05-2013, 10:42 AM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: wisconsin
Posts: 5,695
• Horses: 3
It is most likely you that is tensing when you see a dog, causing him to act this way. When you see another dog, take a deep breath and then start giving your dog commands.this will distract you from being tense and have him focus on you, giving you control.
Posted via Mobile Device
DuffyDuck and Foxhunter like this.
gypsygirl is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 11-05-2013, 12:06 PM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 17,193
• Horses: 0
I'm positive my dog sensed my heart beating a little faster, even tho I didn't. As you approach another dog, try taking three deep breaths, inhaling thro the nose and out thro the mouth, slowly. As it relaxes you, it reassures the dog.
DuffyDuck likes this.
Saddlebag is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 11-05-2013, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Posts: 5,151
• Horses: 2
I think you're right about the heartbeat, saddlebag. I have checked myself over, and I am not wary approaching other dogs, don't change, IMO, my stance or tense my body.

Breathing techniques work a dream, will give them a go!
DuffyDuck is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 11-05-2013, 01:03 PM
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 1,496
• Horses: 0
I had a loose dog come visit my dogs with the fence between them. They were happy and wagging their tails. As I walked up, the strange dog saw me and growled. My dog immediately reacted to that and started to fight. I pulled my dog back and made him sit.

Dogs will protect their pack members! Especially when another dog acts aggressive towards them!

Are there any dog obedience classes you can take him to? He needs to get exposed to other dogs and learn to listen to you.

If I walk both my dogs they are 50lbs more than me! Training is important. Without that I couldn't stop them if they wanted to do something!
4horses is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 11-05-2013, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Posts: 5,151
• Horses: 2
With dogs he knows, or in work.. Absolutely no issue. He isn't particularly dominant, and is a bit of a grump if a younger dog tries to nag him to play. Other than that he is content in his own world of butterflies.

He is 27kg, the other 24kg. Never have I had to use more than a raised voice as they are both well trained dogs.

I will see about a dog school, we are fairly new to the area with with the influx I think there will be one set up. Or just send him to the military working dogs for a bit ;)
DuffyDuck is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 11-08-2013, 03:44 PM
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 100
• Horses: 1
Your dog was trying to protect you. But, in the end, it was a bad experience, and it should be expected that he would now be more suspicious of other dogs. We might be able to reason that not every dog is going to try that, but the dog can't.

Do your best to remain calm as you pass other dogs. Don't react to his reaction. You might even try having him stand and offering him food as other dogs pass. This would help build a positive association with strange dogs passing. Right now it's 'last time one passed, something bad happened'. Offering him treats and praise for not reacting to another dog passing will create a feeling of 'dogs pass, nothing bad happens. good happens'.
PastureSongs is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 11-08-2013, 04:07 PM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Georgia
Posts: 2,164
• Horses: 1
I have a very protective dog who is sometimes the first to snap. She's much more protective with me than with my boyfriend if he has her. The best thing to do is stay calm yourself, and sometimes just not even paying attention to the other dog helps. I also agree with the thought of not being alone and having someone else with you. I can't believe the other owner yelled at you when her dog "started it." If my dog starts something I immediately apologize, never get onto the other owner!
amp23 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
We went. We showed. We survived!! Klassic Superstar Horse Talk 36 05-22-2013 04:55 PM
Food Aggression or Aggression towards each other ? Calming Melody Horse Training 7 01-06-2013 11:13 PM
Dog aggression? kavalon Other Pets 11 01-04-2013 11:09 PM
how long before you showed? Born2Ride English Riding 36 03-01-2012 07:32 PM
Dog Aggression? ElizabethClem Other Pets 0 09-15-2011 11:15 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome