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Name: Amy
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We recently adopted a 7 month old American Eskimo Dog from the shelter. She's a real sweetie at home, but she's very protective of me and the rest of my family, when we're out on walks. If she see's a dog, even on the other side of the road, she'll bark and growl and go crazy! She's fine with dogs, once she gets to personally know them(like my grandmas dog and my aunts dog) but people will start thinking of our family as " the people with the crazy, loud, little white dog"! Anyone have any ideas on how to get her to stop?
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Name: Amy | Date: Mar 22nd, 2006 9:46 PM
can anyone help? 

Name: Jessica | Date: Mar 24th, 2006 10:35 PM
Sorry,but there isn't anything to say. 

Name: Chelsea | Date: Mar 26th, 2006 5:31 PM
our famliy had a dog like that too, sweetie at home but a beast when we walked her! we took her to puppy socialization classes and tried to act more relaxed and natural when she started to bark. it seemed to work! 

Name: jayna | Date: Mar 27th, 2006 6:37 AM
is it neutered ? 

Name: amy | Date: Mar 30th, 2006 12:08 AM
yep- she's spayed 

Name: Marly-Bridget Lise K. | Date: Apr 10th, 2006 11:27 PM
i think that u should give her the exact same punishment everytime she shows that sort of agresion-eskies love tradition! 


Name: Kristen | Date: May 7th, 2006 5:00 PM
I have a red heeler mix. She gets very aggresive around other dogs as well. I started her in agility training in February, and getting her around other dogs once a week has really seemed to help. One thing you can do if she starts to get aggessive is to fimly tell her to "leave it". Another trick that seems to work (I know this sounds crazy) is to mix a 1/2 and 1/2 solution of water and biodegradable vinegar in a clean spray bottle. When she starts growling and gets aggressive, spray it in her face. The dogs do not like the smell of vinegar, and it is enough to stop them in their tracks. It does not hurt, I tried it on my own face before I sprayed it on my dog's face. I learned these tricks from the agility trainer. I hope this helps. 

Name: banny | Date: Jun 21st, 2006 2:49 PM
hi 

Name: banny | Date: Jun 21st, 2006 2:50 PM
hi dog people help me with my dog 

Name: bunny | Date: Jun 21st, 2006 8:09 PM
hi how do i get my puppy to stop going on the rug 

Name: ........................... | Date: Jul 10th, 2006 6:53 PM
It is possible you dog has leash agression. That means your dog does well while off her leash but if she is leashed and sees another dog she seems agresive. Some dogs get excited when another dog comes in to view, they want to greet the other dog. Because she has a leash and is un able to aproach the other dog she now becomes frustrated and will exibit it in an agresive manner. It is possible that your dog may not be agresive if she was free to aproach the other dog (un leashed with supervision). 

Name: evee | Date: Jul 10th, 2006 11:25 PM
i had the same exact problem. we were known as "the people with the evil dog". i got her to stop, by just taking to the bordwalk, or pier, or outdoor mal, took a book, put her on a leash,[i would usually stay outside the pet store, where people brought thier dogs in, well anyways, i just sat thier and read,my book, and whenever a dg came by, yes she freaked out and barked, yes i got stares but after about 3 days, she just got over it! she didnt care enough anymore to bark, or growl . lol. i took her for about 4 weeks, whenever i had time , [i was doing from 5-6 times a week] and now she doesnt growl at the dogs anymore!!!! hope you try it! 

Name: Amanda | Date: Jul 17th, 2006 1:16 AM
I think that you should get your dog introdused with the other dogs around the naborhood so your dog is use to them and you would not have that problem 

Name: michaela | Date: Aug 2nd, 2006 5:58 AM
hello 

Name: unknown | Date: Aug 2nd, 2006 4:27 PM
I hope everyone who is reading this has or will spay or neuter your pet. No matter a cat or dog.... don't help grow the unwanted pet population!!! 

Name: steph | Date: Aug 2nd, 2006 9:36 PM
hello i hvae an Aussie at home and he loves agility i was wondering if people could recomend what they think the best agility equipment is. thank you 

Name: sonny | Date: Aug 8th, 2006 4:21 PM
how do dogs hate dogs 

Name: sunbird | Date: Dec 10th, 2008 3:57 PM
I saw an episode of "Me Or The Dog" on animal planet that addressed this issue. Turns out that the dog isn't so much aggressive as fearful. Use your body to block the sight of the other dog, talk calmly to your dog, and move out of the vicinity of the other dog. I'm sorry I don't remember what the permanent fix was, but maybe this gives you a starting point for your research. 

Name: Jenny | Date: Mar 27th, 2009 11:45 PM
I sympathize, as we adopted a 7-year old eskimo from the shelter and have the same exact problem - since your dog is younger, you have a better chance of reversing or minimizing her aggressive behavior over time - but it will take some time and persistence on your part. Socializing the dog in a safe environment such as an agility or a training class is a good bet and worked for us to some degree. But our dog just does not like other dogs to this day. We have reduced her aggressiveness, but she still barks and pulls when she sees another dog. She has made a 100% turnaround with people, as we started taking her to the park and the boardwalk and parking lots around where other people where and she eventually figured out that it was okay if a person passed - but we tried the same thing with dogs and it did not work that well. I can tell you these tips: 1) make sure that you do not tighten or pull on her leash when you see another dog, as this will signal to the dog that you are nervous and then it will tigger her to react more aggressively (dogs pick up on their owners energy and feelings); 2) make sure that your dog sees you and other people in your family as alpha. When your dog sees you as alpha, they recognize that you are calm and in control and you are the leader and protector, and not the dog - then they defer to you to scare off other dogs and to determine how to act. There are many articles on the internet about this if you Google something such as "how to be alpha to your dog". This by far was the most impactful at helping our dog. As alpha, we do everything before the dog: we eat first, we always walk out of the door of the house first/enter through doors first, we make the dog work for everything it wants, ie. we make the dog sit before it gets a treat and before it gets pet and when we put its leash on. There is also a program called "Nothing in Life is Free" that you can google to understand more about how to establish alpha status over your dog.

Hope that helps give you some direction! 

Name: Felicia | Date: Feb 2nd, 2010 5:07 AM
I have 4 dogs.. my boxer does not get a long with any of the othe 3 dog....I got him fixed 4 days ago.....so far nothing changed. anyone got any idas 

Name: jay | Date: Mar 24th, 2010 2:23 AM
what dog hates pitbulls and what dog does pitbull hate 

Name: Rebecca | Date: Mar 15th, 2011 6:38 PM
You haven;t had her very long, have you? And she is a puppy. Give her time to get used to things. Being on a leash can make her feel threatened by others - take her for play dates to other dog's homes. And don't respond to her barking by giving her the attention she's looking for. 

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