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    Okay I need help to get my dog in order. He is coming onto 1 year old and he is a little bit of a maniac.

    He has bundles of energy which is great but its going towards the wrong activities.
    Things like digging up grass and digging holes, and eating things he shouldn't. I think that's mostly normal and I can live with that.
    However, he is also rather aggressive towards other dogs. We took him to puppy training when he was much younger, and he was the puppy that was shy and scared of the others. Not long afterwards something clicked and no he wants to be the master of all other dogs.

    A good example was yesterday when taking him for a walk, another smaller dog approached him and they sniffed each other out.
    Next thing I know he wants to fight that dog. Also happens when we walk past a house with a dog, he will get all excited.
    He will pull on the lead big time, that's even if we use the Halter collar which is meant to stop him pulling.
    And when we tell him to stop doing it, he wont listen to us.

    Also we took him to the beach the other day, and all he wants to do is chase the other dogs and then not listen to us to stop it or to come to us.

    I am fearing that because he is almost 1 year old, we have missed the opportunity to teach him appropriate behaviour.
    I also am thinking that smacking him isn't working, and just breeding negative association in his mind.

    Can anyone help?

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    Dog Obedience Help

    Chuck him over the fence to a bigger dog let him get his ass kicked no more terry, works on humans to

    Seriously though you need to introduce another dog ( m8's ,other family member ) dogs learn and will lose bad habits from the dogs there around, digging holes is a sign of boardem and attention seeking
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    • #3
      Short answer... he's not getting enough excercise and mental stimulation and you're not the pack leader (you probably think you are though). Fix these and you're dog will be a much better pack member.

      Don't feel bad though, a lot of ppl have the same problem with their dogs. You don't need a dog obedience trainer you need a dog/human behavioural specialist that will show you what you're doing wrong and how to become the pack leader and communicate with ur diggidy dog.

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      • #4
        Calling Caesar

        There should be quite a few people around that can help, you a very South aren't you?

        I know Suzie Phillips (Animism) does some wonderful things with Dogs and their owners, check out her facebook page, she does regular sessions at Whiteman Park, as she is located very north, but I'm sure she can recomend someone to you.

        Good luck with it, but yes you need to become Alpha!!

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        • #5
          Kathy is a friend of mine and specialises in agressive dogs
          Give her a call and tell her Bert recommended her

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          • #6
            Spot on. We found Bark Busters to be extremely good. Get expert help. It is never too late to teach an old dog new tricks (contrary to the saying).

            Originally posted by Mo-Fo View Post
            Short answer... he's not getting enough excercise and mental stimulation and you're not the pack leader (you probably think you are though). Fix these and you're dog will be a much better pack member.

            Don't feel bad though, a lot of ppl have the same problem with their dogs. You don't need a dog obedience trainer you need a dog/human behavioural specialist that will show you what you're doing wrong and how to become the pack leader and communicate with ur diggidy dog.

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            • #7
              Re: Dog Obedience Help

              I'd you smack your dog he'll just think you're an abusive prick and fear contact with you.

              If you grab him firmly by the scruff of the neck and use low authoritative tones like growling he'll realise you're the boss but since it doesn't hurt there is no reason to keep running off when boss calls.

              And it does sound like he needs more exercise and toys to curb the other bad habits
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Mo-Fo View Post
                Short answer... he's not getting enough excercise and mental stimulation and you're not the pack leader (you probably think you are though). Fix these and you're dog will be a much better pack member.

                Don't feel bad though, a lot of ppl have the same problem with their dogs. You don't need a dog obedience trainer you need a dog/human behavioural specialist that will show you what you're doing wrong and how to become the pack leader and communicate with ur diggidy dog.
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                • #9
                  I take him to my parents once a week to see their dog. He just trys to take over and my parents dog not hides in the WIR haha.
                  We try and get him more exercise. At the park we took him off the lead to play fetch. But he just runs off. And there are roads around...
                  He is a Labrador Retriever Cross (we are thinking Kelpie).

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Specwarop View Post
                    I take him to my parents once a week to see their dog. He just trys to take over and my parents dog not hides in the WIR haha.
                    We try and get him more exercise. At the park we took him off the lead to play fetch. But he just runs off. And there are roads around...
                    He is a Labrador Retriever Cross (we are thinking Kelpie).
                    Dont take him off the lead then. He is crossed with a kelpie which is an energetic working dog. A dog like that should be walked twice a day to relieve the energy. He tries to take over because he has no pack leader so he feels he has to be one. Dogs want to be dominated they feel safer when they have someone tolook up to and protect them. It also depends on your energy that you project. if your nervous because the dog may misbehave on walks, the dog picks up on this and thus generally misbehaves more.
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                    • #11
                      Fair enough. So how do you become the pack leader?

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                      • #12
                        Alpha male. Dominate the dog, hold it down and growl at it. Don't take any shit from it. Be the bully.

                        Pretty simple stuff really. Let the furry little bastard know who's boss, and never give them an inch.

                        Soon as you get the dog in a position where it will curl it's tail between it's legs when you grab a hold of it and hold it down, you're now the pack leader. Until such time, you need to bully it more.

                        You don't actually have to HURT the dog to bully it though.

                        Lot's of people might disagree with me, but it's the method I've always used, and anyone who ever met any of my dogs will attest to their obediance and good behaviour. (except affectionate licking)
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                        • #13
                          I think the thing to take from this is that you don't hit the dog to become the alpha, that doesn't work at all, scruff of the neck, in his face, low tones, hold him down etc, things that don't hurt, but show dominance, it doesn't take long then.

                          Also, reward behaviour that you want repeated. Keep some treats in your pocket when you're out and about, when he comes, give him one.

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                          • #14
                            All these problems go away when my dog gets walked twice a day.

                            He is a Kelpie x Mastif/Ridgeback. Very energetic dog, but there is nothing he loves more than going for a walk and he looks forward to it because he goes at the same time every day. He saves up his energy for it.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Specwarop View Post
                              Fair enough. So how do you become the pack leader?
                              Feed him more.

                              You want him to look like this:

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