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Janna asks...

This question is about: Puppy Management Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household

We recently adopted Tuck from our local shelter. Since he is starting to adjust to our family, his play is more aggressive then in the shelter. He hasn't bit, growled, barred teeth etc but we do have a female maltese that he "mouths" when they play and he gets wound up. We are more curious if this a natural behavior in trying to assert dominance or if this is a prey instinct and should be more concerned. Otherwise he is a cuddler and a lap dog, he is very sweet.

Ella Jeanne asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Hyperactivity Sibling Rivalry - aggression or fighting between dogs in the same household

Hello, I've been having some issues at my home recently the moment we got our female new pup. My dog has always been a little shy with dogs, and sometimes very assertive and, barky as well. As stupid as I am, I thought maybe bringing a puppy in would make her feel more motherly and want to take care of this pup. But about the only thing she does is jump, stare, wine, and sometimes barks. Truthfully though its only been one day, so I was wondering what you guys think I should do. I'm also (hoping) to put them both in classes, if there is anyway you could help, I'd appreciate it every second of it. :) Enjoy your day!

Amna asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger

Hello,rnrnI have a 60 day old Siberian husky puppy. He has been biting hard for days and none of the training methods I tried are working. In fact, he is getting worse. When he bites during play, I say no and give him a chew toy, but he just ignores the toy. When he bites hard, I say ouch and walk away, but he just chases me and keeps biting my pants, and if I'm wearing a dress, he actually bites at my legs.rnrnI'm not sure if this is typical puppy behavior. The biting is at its worst when I'm training him and I stop the treats or they don't come fast enough. He then starts growling and biting very hard using his canines and he actually breaks skin. And it is also very bad when he gets excited during play and when he is hungry.rnrnIs this teething or agression? What am I doing wrong?rnrnThank you :(

Christyne asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger

We have 1-1/2 year old rescue dog, we are unsure of her breed but believe she may be a beagle-pitbull mix, or some variation thereof. She is extremely subordinate to myself and my finance: she obeys every command from to sit to stay, does not bark uncontrollably, and does not destroy household furniture. About 6 months ago we rescued a 4 month old mix dog, again we are unsure of her breed but she is some sort of terrier-hound-lab mix. The rescue came to us to foster her but we fell in love so we decided to bring her into the pack as well. From the start both dogs seemed to get along fine. There was no apparent aggression or fighting.rnrnAbout three months ago, the older bitch has started to become more and more aggressive toward the younger dog and other dogs in the park. When we go to the park she will attack bigger dogs who approach her (she does not attack smaller breeds). At home, she will circle the younger dog, her hackles will raise, and she will attack. the younger dog viciously. In the house, the fights usually seem to be caused by the younger dog having something the older dog wants. Despite the aggression, she is still very subordinate to myself and my fiance and is obedient when we call her back and tell her to sit. When she attacks my fiance has been consistent in separating the dogs and lying the older dog down her back so she knows he is the top dog...so to speak.rnrnBoth of our dogs get ample exercise: a 30-minute play dates with our Neighbor/dog walker daily (where they play fetch and run around our acre yard), and a 1-2 mile walk daily. On the weekends we will go on 2-3 hour hikes.rnrnWe are very concerned about this aggression and it only seems to be getting worse. Does anyone have any insight or recommendations for how we may work to improve this dynamic in our little pack?

Shivani asks...

This question is about: Aggression to a dog or other animal or where the dog is aggressive to the owner or a stranger Jumping up at visitors or the dog jumps up at people on walks

My 3 month old lab has aggressively stared attacking and biting my arms. When we are out side he listens and does not try to bite. But when we are in the house it's totally different. He grabs onto my arms and shakes his head and bites down hard enough to break skin. I know it's not a "playful" bite because he actively seeks to bite me. This is been happening a lot lately. I tried making him sit or down for a little while , a minute (which he knows pretty well) to assert my pack leader role but if he's not given a treat within 5 second he starts to jump on me or bites my foot. He has started to pee in the house even though he knows to ask to go out. I understand he's still a puppy but He's going to be a big dog and I don't want to loose control over him. rnOn a side note, he listens to my boyfriend well in the house but not so much out side BUT he does not try to dominate him like he does me.rnrnThank you,rnShivani

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