It’s a hot and sunny day and Henry is wearing his sunglasses. We have posted some blogs that cover issues of dog behavior and will be focusing more in the near future on improving the relationships between dogs and people by helping dog owners become fluent in “speaking dog.” Thank you again for this article. It just happened that the toy the boy had picked up to play with was the very item that had been used to beat the dog with. Pain, fear, dominance, old age (not in this particular case), territorial issues, illness…. What a forward thinker you are. Prey drives, territorial drives, pack drives, fear stimuli all can provoke a dog into biting. BUT, animals have their own culture and protocols and we never bothered to learn those and take them into consideration when co-existing. Not his fault but my fault from not handling his outside time separately from her. I will keep this up and know that my new pup will be the talk of the town! However, not every dog will naturally decide to chase down and bite someone who’s moving too quickly. So for you to say ‘you fear people would walk past humans in need’ is downright insulting, judgemental and rude, which confirms that you are most certainly NOT ‘a dog’. The dog proceeded to bit him on the face; fortunately he wears glasses as his eye lid and lower eye lid was scratched however his nose was torn clear through the cartilage with 3 layers of stiches. I guess I was just hoping that someone who has been through it could give me a couple tips or things to look for that I haven't considered yet. My partner and I (the most recent full-time addition to the household) were away from home overnight while the dogs were being watched by our neighbors. Another seriously good article Ryan. Henry, alarmed and frightened makes his way toward Max, attempting to offer a hand of reassurance and friendship. Hugging a dog immobilizes them, triggering their flight reflex and stressing them out big time. My husband and I have been married two years. It may be aggressive with large or small dogs, or even just when approached. It typically includes the kinds of behaviors we associate with threat or attack, such as barking, growling, and biting. Every evening she started a fight with the older one. had you not thought your dog might have a medical condition?i know the breed you are talking about don’t have very long lives,so he/she could have been starting to suffer with illnesses that could alter his/her personality(tumours,dementia etc). The conflicts can be quite intense; 50 percent required veterinary care for the dogs and 10 percent of them required medical attention for owners who tried to intervene. 7. It matters. Leading me to theorize perhaps in our selection of characteristics in dogs, we bred them to work more closely with we humans as opposed to other canines, to the point where they don't socialize quite as well with their own kind as they do us now!......L.B. The dog was laying down outside and my husband approached him frontally. How was she to know? As we noted at the beginning of this article, female dogs are more likely to engage in conflict with housemates, and their fights are apt to be more serious. Among pairs of dogs involved in aggressive incidents, 41 percent had at least one member who had lived in multiple households. Evelyn: I so feel your anxiety. Its not fair to blame the people for that incident, because although there were signs, how can you expect someone to read that kind of language? May I respectfully suggest Jean Donaldson's book, "Fight" as a reference if you have dogs that are fighting. There is a big difference between a dog that chooses to back of and walk away when something is scary, and a dog that chooses to attack a little girl. What tends to trigger a fight among housemates? Just not fair to the puppy. The realisation that Max is a long way past the stage of being able to be pacified dawns on Henry fast and he hastily tries to beat a retreat back out of the gate from which he entered. “I’d better be on full alert.” he concludes. That must have happened to him in the first year of his life. To Max, Henry’s sunglasses look like wide, staring eyes, boring straight ahead and as he marches staunchly toward the increasingly anxious Labrador, Max wonders what his next move might be. Check out this video: But im not sure if I should choose the anxious senior or the rambunctious puppy. And my cousin is only 10 years old. I actually find that comment quite insulting. The dog in this story didn’t understand boundaries because it wasn’t trained properly; shame on the owner. Dogs do not get to 'settle it' because they are dogs and are not equipped to negotiate. I have linked to it on our website and forwarded the link around the traps. Dogs, specifically puppies, may look like they are attacking another dog, … Mary Rae you are ignorant. When my dog was a puppy, she would growl if she had something like food because she was afraid it might get taken away. It’s a vet nurse. Most distressingly, 20 percent have shown aggression toward their owners. For example, 40 percent have shown aggression to other dogs, 27 percent have shown aggression toward humans living in the household, and 27 percent toward human strangers. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. A dog as dangerous as that should not be trusted around people. Lately the aggression has gotten worse so I've been walking the 3 of them more often together. All is once again peaceful but I will never trust her outside with him if am there. The dog does not mind and my husband lets him get away with everything.Thisis the frst dog in my entire life that has ever bitten me, ten times! John can be heard explaining, “He’s never done anything like this before“, the attack came “totally out of the blue“, Max was always “such a trustworthy dog“, he’s “never shown any signs of aggression in his life“, the attack was “totally unprovoked“. I'm so disappointed I don't ever dare to have two dogs again.I never want to experience this again in my life. Team Pit-a-Full Dog Training & Rehabilitation As John runs inside, Max’s thoughts turn to escape. I'm sure you asked the neighbors if anything strange happened, and you're probably rightfully wary of having him or her watch your dogs again. Conversely, dog A, the more confident dog, may continue to attack, despite appropriate subordinate signaling from its housemate. For that reason, it is his opinion that a dog's propensity to attack other dogs clearly makes that dog dangerous to people. My new pup aced walking on a leash the first time in under 10 minutes thanks to the puppy training videos. Let’s say your dog loves other dogs, but one day at the park, another dog attacks them. Thank you Doggy Dan! all the author has done is give stats on inhouse fighting which did reassure me that what just happened, which was on a high level ,IS not the end of the world,does happen and just like he states according to the study--the younger one,the female one IS the instigator and aggressor. I agree with the one poster to have a follow up article on if you are going to be a dog owner learn dog behavior and warning signs. We expect other dog owners to treat their pets just as well, obeying the state's leash laws to keep their own dog, as well as others, safe. For the sake of everyone else’s safety (had it been only my safety, I wouldn’t have done it) I put him down. I called a bitch, stop the stupid political correctness and call things by their name! The problem is almost always in how the dogs, of ANY breed, are being managed. I have a dog who is fear aggressive towards men and needs careful introduction. I read his first big book (in sales) and it was basically trash and supposition. Humans run this!" He gets along fine with my other male, a 12 year old pug. This doesn’t help explain what to do in a situation like this, and doesn’t much help anyone except to only show the worst case scenario. Between the last couple I had problems: one is 8, the other 1 year old. He also shares statistics such as the overall percentage of aggression from shelter dogs (33%) and pet shops (16%), without telling us the percentage of studied dogs which were from shelters or pet shops. Henry’s still coming. Why did that dog attack my dog: Some dogs, however, don’t appear to do anything wrong, and they are still attacked by other dogs. Dogs do not bite people without reason. I have 1 female lab and 2 male jack Russell's. While I do little obedience training, dogs must learn to coexist and how to resolve conflicts. That was last summer. Sometimes aggressive dogs can attack other dogs – or even people – … 6. And your post makes absolute sense. Sometimes it is treat related but basically he doesn't like Emma. A single dog home would be the best also. Challenging the pack leadership is a serious thing. All our current dogs get along, but I find size is a big factor. If we are to find success in maintaining a civil multiple dog home, there has to be genuine and fair leadership, each dog is held to minimum standard of behavior, the group is treated as a group, and we follow some basic rules that puts no one member of the group in the position to feel they need to fight for more. 4. Other than by a lucky guess, no blog answer will see what you can't see there. Additionally, shelter dogs are more likely to be older and pets shops typically sell puppies, so as much as I want to support caring, conscious breeders, those numbers may or may not mean anything. Perhaps your dog attacked the other dog because they were wandering onto your property. They do have complex communication through urine marking. :(. She was very dominate, and liked to show Lucky that. I’m a dog, and I once did this on a much smaller scale. Therefore I have gobs and oodles of experiences keeping BIG PACKS of canines, including some with recent wolf genetics. - what we call "maintaining a level playing field" (ie not giving more attention to one than another.). Random dogs when he’s on lead .i am now very mindfully when I’m walking him .ishia because of something that has happened to him in the past . It can be “in their nature”. The last time I saw what happened, my older dog was facing away licking a hot spot on her paw when the younger dog's hackles rose, and she stalked across the room to start a fight. Which Dogs Are Most Likely to Be Afraid of the Veterinarian? I always TRY to let them work things out themselves, and only intervene if an attack is getting especially deadly(like the whole pack "piling on" one individual)--it can be hard to just sit back and let them get THEIR pecking order established, but if you intervene, the dogs fighting often make the erroneous assumption that the human pack member is trying to back them up, and they fight all the harder! Hitting an already upset or aggressive dog will make it either more aggressive or fearful. but when they were inside,the very agressive fights started again. If you don’t believe me, spend an afternoon with me :-0 and I guarantee you will not like people anymore. Trying to groom him is a nightmare, even with a soft muzzle. Further up the street he spots John working in his front garden. They have been bred to fight and kill, and that is why they are predominantly used in dog fights, then people are surprised why their pits are trying to kill each other. Sometimes there was some barking at each other. It is why I can go into shelters and work with fearful dogs who do not know me. They are both neutered, 1 Chihuahua and 1 dauchsen. Humans, in all cultures, need to become 1000% more savvy to K9 culture and incorporate it into obedience, socialization, exercise needs, etc. No apology. Then I take away the food and throw it away and he loses his agressiveness. If your made up characters were speaking like “buddies” the dog doesn’t think it’s aggresive. He ponders how best to explain to his young children that he’s still their Dad even though he knows his mutilated features will upset them deeply. If you don't that dog will try to prove that you are wrong by continuing the aggression. 4. As Henry runs away and John panics, Max takes this as a sign that he should increase his attack, his canine instincts now in complete overdrive. Sometimes, personalities just don't mesh. And even if it can be predicted lots of the times, sometimes it can’t. The examples cited seem to be about resources and therefore could possibly be described as the 'feeling of not enough' - and when the human gives interaction they get connection. Obediently, Max sat at the front gate and watched for that danger. “John warned you. I’m sorry that happened to your cousin. Max is somewhat relieved to suspect that John, his idol, is just as scared as he is about the relentless stranger pursuing them both from outside the garden gate. Dogs are still just dogs. There are a lot of barely noticeable freezes that a trainer can show you so they you'll be able to interrupt aggression before an attack. Create neutral experiences. There may be no good or bad dogs, but there are dogs who loose it and dogs who don’t, and it can be tough o know which is which, and any dog that looses it needs to be dealt with swiftly and possibly fatally. YES they are dawgs and better stop the bs. The final thing is this: ultimately when there is a pack problem the FIRST place to look is at the human pack leader. That respect thing is what makes my pack work. How could this happen? Or the authorities who “humanely euthanize” as they call it for silly or no reasons by injecting them they still feel the effect or by suffocation just cause they bit someone or there is no room. You can’t blame “Henry” for being bitten. Where Is That Fine Line Between Terror and Delight? I suggest checking out online dog training from ►►► TeachMyDog . I took a quick look at the abstract. The attacking dog may leap at you instead (in a bid to get at your dog) and you may be seriously injured just for being in the way. I just want to kill those police! But that’s a side issue. I say “No” or “Bad.” You let him know who’s boss. The problems come between those dogs when that order is challenged. However, once Tia got bigger than Lucky, that changed. Was the opposite when she was away. But any dog can become aggressive if they are afraid and feel there is no other way out of the situation. I thwapped the dog on the rear pretty good for that and apologized profusely. John’s already noticed Henry making his way towards him and yells out, “Hi Henry. Tell me, why do dogs that never bite, bite their own owners after 8 years. The female is also a food hog so, from the beginning, I have made her sit and wait for the treat and she gets hers last. After Lucky, we got Hope. Unbeknown to Max, he’ll never see John again. The most common error in follow through on the dog owners part is making the mistake that the dog in the home the longest comes first. To a degree, this is the way it needs to be. Instead he bit her. She thought in fact that when the dog reached up that he was going to lick her face. They play together, sleep together, and have never guarded resources from each other. A person with a PhD, (I can only assume in Psychology), should know better. The doorbell made her stop for a moment and I could separate them. all you have to do is research dog breeds to see that the pit bull type dog has been bred to fight and kill for hundreds of years. The aim of this article is to try and explain the psychology of a dog attack from the dog's perspective. He got to know my sister and brother-in-law well and greeted them like old friends, until the day my brother-in-law came in wearing a flat cap. It is part of their instinctive drive, which is the nature of any animal, including domesticated ones. My wife was attacked by a dog this evening as we walked in the local park. Or did dogs all receive multiple treatments where we might not fully know which treatment offered a clear benefit? To Max, this was a clear signal to ‘watch for danger’ In fact, dogs usually start communicating with each other from afar through body language and some vocalizations. She was a rescue and we knew she was female dog aggressive but until the first attack I never thought she would ever attack her buddy. Second, events occur in a predictable order, the dogs learn that each of them will eventually get what they want and no conflict is needed. Without the complete information, the cherry picked statistics shared here are useless. This can be due to a current perceived threat or even past experience making them uncomfortable. I know this is an old article, but I'm hoping someone may be able to suggest something that could help them. We have two senior dogs, one geriatric and now a 16-week old puppy. Problems. Now I’m as upset as John would have been to loose his beloved Max! After 8 years, I told him he had to go outside for the night to sleep. 5. NO, you blame the DOG. 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