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  1. My dog just learned to 'stay'. But if I try to practice a lot, she gets angry and barks and wants to bite me. What should I do?
  2. How do I keep my dog from fighting with others?
  3. We have 2 dogs who pin and bite other dogs. They have pushed through the door if they know there is a dog outside. What should we do?
  4. Whenever I take my dog on walks we usually see another dog and she gets very aggressive. Why?
  5. I have a Silky Terrier. He has an aggression problem. He's very overprotective and bites anyone he doesn't know. We got him neutered this year, but his personality has not changed. What can I do to correct this aggresiveness? I think it's getting dangerous because I can't even take him outside.
  6. Our 8 month old lab/shepherd mix came from SPCA. She has a tendency to have a low growl when she doesn't know what something is, and when someone new is in the home. We have an 8 year old and I don't want it to happen with her friends. What should I do?



  1. My dog just learned to 'stay'. But if I try to practice a lot, she gets angry and barks and wants to bite me. What should I do?
    It sounds like your dog is getting bored. Try working on 'stay' only a couple of times, then stop and do something else: play for a few minutes, or try other commands. Then come back to 'stay'. A good thing to do is to practice it 4 or 5 times a day for 2 minutes instead of once a day for 10 minutes. Your dog is probably not angry with you, but she does sound bossy. Try to divert her attention (change her mind) to another activity. If she still plays too rough, say 'no' and ignore her until she stops. Reward her when she is being good.
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  2. How do I keep my dog from fighting with others?
    Unfotunately, I am not an expert with aggressive dogs. The best thing would be to take your dog to a reputable obedience class and have experienced trainers work with you and your dog around other dogs and people. Your dog needs to be socialized with dogs and people with trainers who know what activities will help your dog. Meanwhile, keep your dog leashed at all times when outside, don't let anyone tease him, and don't play aggressive games like tug-o-war with him.
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  3. We have 2 dogs who pin and bite other dogs. They have pushed through the door if they know there is a dog outside. What should we do?
    Your dogs are displaying aggressive behavior. These dogs need obedience training as soon as possible. Get help for your dogs from a professional trainer before they hurt someone or another dog. Keep your doors latched at all times so that your dog can't push them open. If your dog should get out and hurt someone or another dog, it could cause trouble for your family.
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  4. Whenever I take my dog on walks we usually see another dog and she gets very aggressive. Why?
    There are diffent reasons why your dog might be aggressive. She may be protecting you and her territory. She might not like other dogs for whatever reason. It would help to take take your dog to a reputable obedience class and have experienced trainers work with you and your dog around other dogs and people. Your dog needs to be socialized with dogs and people with trainers who know what activities will help your dog.

    Meanwhile, keep your dog leashed at all times when outside, and don't let anyone tease her. If someone with a dog approaches you, tell them that your dog is not friendly. And don't forget to sign up for an obedience class. Good luck!

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  5. I have a Silky Terrier. He has an aggression problem. He's very overprotective and bites anyone he doesn't know. We got him neutered this year, but his personality has not changed. What can I do to correct this aggresiveness? I think it's getting dangerous because I can't even take him outside.
    Unfortunately, I am not an expert in aggressive dogs. Aggression is a problem that will only get worse if no steps are taken to correct it. This is most likely the reason that the previous owners gave up the dog. My suggestion is to find a trainer who works with aggressive dogs and start as soon as possible. Meanwhile, keep your dog away from people outside of your family and don't let your dog run loose.
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  6. Our 8 month old lab/shepherd mix came from SPCA. She has a tendency to have a low growl when she doesn't know what something is, and when someone new is in the home. We have an 8 year old and I don't want it to happen with her friends. What should I do?
    Unfortunately, a growl cannot be trusted. Your dog is starting to show dominance tendencies and I think you are right to question it. This is a big dog and there is no question that it is time to take him to a training class and to speak to a trainer about this problem. It's likely that your dog needs some specialized training for this specific problem.

    In the meantime, it's a good idea to start leadership training in your home, but don't let this subsitute for the advice above. This is just a few things you can start until to get into a class or meet with a trainer. Do these things to assert your leadership:

    #1. Implement the Nothing in Life is Free program. This means that your dog gets nothing, unless he does something for it, like sitting first, doing a trick, giving a paw, lying down, etc. Use this anytime he wants something including meals, snacks, outside time, rides in the care, etc.

    #2. Always eat meals before your dog

    #3. When going through a doorway together, the human always goes first.

    #4. When playing with your dog, make sure that you stop the game, which means you will stop while your dog is still having fun.

    #5. If you find your dog in the way of an exit or entrance, no matter where he is, make him move. Do not step over him.

    #6.Help your dog roll over for a daily belly-rub.

    #7. If your dog knows the "down" command, have him hold one 30-minute down-stay per day. No, that is not too long. It's ok if he falls asleep. Just make sure that you release him from the stay.

    Lastly, do all the above things with confidence and kindness. Dogs always want to know who the leader is. They are much happier when they know this. In your house, the humans are boss. Hopefully your dog will learn this lesson easily and quickly.

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