STEPS FOR DOG ON DOG AGGRESSION REHABILITATION
Capone is a 9 month old Cane Corso who’s a sweet family pet, but does not get along with other dogs. He loves his 5 human sisters and hasn’t met a person he doesn’t like.
But, with dogs, he gets a little crazy. Sometimes, dogs have genetic predispositions to be dog aggressive. Especially if they were bred from fighting parents, for instance. When a dog is young and already acting aggressively, that is usually what is suspected.
Otherwise, it could be from lack of practice or socialization when younger.
No matter what, we need to set realistic goals for what can be accomplished with each dog.
Here are the 3 levels of potential rehab I go over with my clients:
1. Your dog is able to walk nearby other dogs and not react negatively. No lunging, growling, barking, etc.
2. You dog is able to politely sniff other dogs on leash without incident. It’s important to go slowly and build up with this as well.
3. Your dog can safely play off leash with other dogs.
Almost all dogs can get to the first level of rehab. I’ve worked with foster dogs who were saved from a fighting ring, all scarred and scared, and violently dog reactive. With just one lesson, they’ve gone from redirection (biting the handler on the leg) to calmly walking past other dogs at the park.
However, stages 2 & especially 3 take much more work and are riskier as well. So, I work with my clients to make sure the dog is ready for additional stages. We don’t do anything that would put their dog or someone else’s dog in danger.
So, the bottom line is to never give up! Other dogs are going to be a part of daily life. Your dog shouldn’t have to be tense whenever he sees another dog. Let’s make it a happy experience instead. Just give us a call if you need help.
Learn more about dog on dog aggression here.