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#345108 - 09/06/17 03:24 PM Caesar shows aggressive behavior towards puppies
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Hi Friends,

so Caesar is 15 months now, and was neutered about 4 months back. as a puppy we have socialized him a lot, and has been through intense obedience training.

Form the last month or so, in the dog park, he has been very aggressive towards small dogs / puppy. he growls and tries to catch them by his teeth. its been scary as hell.

We are in two minds now weather we should stop taking him to the dog park all together.

Please guide. do we need to take him to a trainer again ??

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#345112 - 09/06/17 06:06 PM Re: Caesar shows aggressive behavior towards puppies [Re: Caesar]
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Why are you bringing him to a dog park in the first place? I would stop taking him immediately, they can be detrimental in so many ways. Work with him on fun obedience and play one on one every night, even if it's just a few minutes. Exercise by going for walks and playing fetch or swimming. You will have a better relationship that way.
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#345121 - 09/06/17 10:02 PM Re: Caesar shows aggressive behavior towards puppies [Re: BasiaBear]
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Originally Posted By: BasiaBear
Why are you bringing him to a dog park in the first place? I would stop taking him immediately, they can be detrimental in so many ways. Work with him on fun obedience and play one on one every night, even if it's just a few minutes. Exercise by going for walks and playing fetch or swimming. You will have a better relationship that way.


I agree. I don't like dog parks. I just don't want my dogs loose and around loose animals (unless its a friends dogs and were on each others property). Too much can happen and there's no way I'm willing to risk it.

As far as the aggression, you can just keep small dogs away from him. If that's not possible then I would hire a trainer. Good luck
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#345134 - 09/07/17 11:48 PM Re: Caesar shows aggressive behavior towards puppies [Re: Shilohsmom]
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It seems to me like stopping the dog park would be a good idea. Find other places, find friends with compatible dogs, etc. Dog park = too many unknowns/changing factors.

So far as training goes - it's always good. Your guy may be looking for more challenges that advanced training may provide. My dogs love to work. Your dog may need a job besides corralling pups and small dogs. So I'd go with more training or at least back to establishing a routine where you throw in some practice almost every day.

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#345156 - 09/09/17 05:37 PM Re: Caesar shows aggressive behavior towards puppies [Re: middleofnowhere]
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Agree about the dog park!

To me, the *intense* obedience training sounds like a red flag. Those words are often used for training that really just controls the dog but doesn't teach self-control, and for such a young dog you still have to get through all the different stages of maturation.

A different type of physical training that was mentioned above sounds like a great idea. Put his natural instincts to work and he will receive training while having fun.
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#345160 - 09/10/17 11:11 AM Re: Caesar shows aggressive behavior towards puppies [Re: MaxaLisa]
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So how is Caesar doing now? better without the dog park?

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#345168 - 09/11/17 06:55 PM Re: Caesar shows aggressive behavior towards puppies [Re: middleofnowhere]
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thanks everyone for the reply.

i was under the impression that dog parks were an important part of a dog's life cycle, but reading everyone's advise.. i guess not.

So i have not taken Caesar to the dog park this week, and have been walking him around the block which he loves. will try and find a friend with a similar dog so that they can play together once in a while.

lets see

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#345169 - 09/11/17 10:20 PM Re: Caesar shows aggressive behavior towards puppies [Re: Caesar]
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Good Idea!

Dogs do not need to go to dog parks where they might meet all kinds of strange dogs who you don't know anything about. And sometimes meet even stranger owners!

Many dogs, including my last one, are not good candidates for dog parks anyway.

My suggestion would be just to take your dog where he/she can play with you and train them and bond with them. Builds a much better relationship with them, I do believe.

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#345174 - 09/12/17 06:09 PM Re: Caesar shows aggressive behavior towards puppies [Re: Codmaster]
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I found that some time at a well-run daycare has helped my dog learn dog language very well. It was a side benefit from her going. If the people at the daycare don't know what they are doing though, it can be a recipe for disaster.

Our best doggie socialization comes from a meetup group that we belong to. There are all different kinds, but ours is a hiking group for dogs and their owners and there is a core group, plus different dogs that come and go. I brought my GSD to a GSD meetup group once and that worked really well, so maybe there is something like that around where you are if you are looking for something different.
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