Can dog aggression be fixed

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I have a 3 yr old Dobi who shows aggression towards other dogs. she acts like she wants to play but at the same time growls and snaps. I am willing to try just about anything. She is a wonderful girl and deserves a chance. Ive only had her since tonight but I want to get a start on this as there are other dogs around and I dont want her to hurt any.

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Is she a rescue dog?? You just got her tonight?? Maybe she had too much stimulation with coming into a new home and then being presented with other dogs????

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Good point, Tal!

Poor girl - her world has been turned upside down - rescue or not - and I would imagine she's overwhelmed. I'd give her a chance to settle in and feel safe, and limit all the stimulation around her if you can. I don't think I would be turning her loose to play with other dogs until she gets a grip on what is happening to her.

If she hasn't had any obedience training, it would probably be helpful as well. She'll bond to you much quicker and look to you for guidance.

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Yes, got her last night, but I didnt let them play last night. I had them seperated. One of the kids let the other dog inside and she just acted like it was the worst thing in the world. I got them back seperated so that she could rest and get calm. I put her in her kennel and she calmed down a bit. If the other dog was away from her she growled, but up close she just like clammed up. she went quiet and put her head down.

From what I am told she has had very basic obedience traning. She listens very well. Very curious. Seems a bit scared of the dark..lol

She was on a diet of 2 C. of food once a day at night. She hadnt eaten when we got her last night so I put a bowl down for her, she ate like she was STARVING!After she finished the bowl she went searching.Ive never seen even a food neglected dog search for food so hard before! And I know that some breeds drink more than others, but this girl drank so much water I thought she was going to bst and I took the water dish away for a break.

 

Ive done alot of thinking. She was homed, and rehomed around 3-4 times i think in the past 3 years. I would very much like to be her last stop and give her some stablity. Ive still got the dogs seperated. But i dont want to keep them kenneled up during daytime, thats time to be a dog and just play and do what dogs do :)

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Growling is not necessarily a sign of aggression, are you sure your dog is ACTUALLY being agressive as opposed to having bad manners?  The majority of dogs I see that get labeled are aggressive are actually not, it's just people misreading the cues.  If you don't know much about the dogs history, I would just take it slowly, and keep asking questions as they come up.  May take a week or 3 to see the real personality as the dog begins to trust you and your family.  

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I tried some positive reinforcement with her today and we made progress! I was told she was dog agressive but when i look at her behavior with the other dog (a puppy) he seemed more afraid and unsure and thats why she was growling. So everytime she went near the pup or the pup to her i gave her a treat. after a few hours of slowly getting closer and closer they finally went ouside and just played. THey ran and chased each other for hours.

But then tonight for no reason she just went up to the puppy and went off on her. So i put her in her bed for the night and we will give it another go maybe tomorrow.

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I suggest keeping meetings between her and the other dogs short, five to ten minutes at a time. Make sure that you watch for actual signs of aggression. Lip curling, staring, fur bristling, lunging, snapping. Be sure to also look for signs of fear. Pulled back ears, tucked under tail, urination, avoidance. These basic signs are her trying to tell you that she's uncomfortable with the situation. 

With the puppy, run some energy out of both of them seperately, get them nice and tired and relaxed. Then let them greet, same with introducing her to any other dogs. Make sure both of them are tired and relaxed before letting them meet. Getting rid of that high energy will let them bond without all of the excitement. 

Most importantly, stay calm no matter what happens. She freaks out, hook a leash to her and walk her out of the room, give her a minute to calm down, then re-introduce without any fuss. Removing her from the situation clears her mind of what happened when she freaked out, gives her a clean slate. 

Hope I helped! 

~Joelle and Skye