Any advice for a very dominate dog?
My Manson is pretty aggressive when it comes to other unneutered male dogs. Even when he enters another dogs territory, he insists on being the dominate dog no matter where he is. He's gotten into a couple bad fights with my parents unneutered dog & now they insist the only option is putting him down because they feel he is too aggressive & believe he will attack any dog and worry he will turn on a human, which is not the case! He's a good dog, very good with children and he's never attacked a person. He just wants to be the alpha dog in every situation & every household he enters. I've talked to a couple vets & they've told me getting him neutered most likely wouldn't stop this behavior. Manson is my baby & I will not have him put down but I don't want to have to worry about him with every male dog he comes in contact with. He gets along great with neutered dogs & our other dog. Any advice on what I can do to calm him down when he does come in contact with other unneutered male dogs?
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You need to start with a "grander" approach.
You and he should go to a good Obeisance School. Where You can learn to control him, and he can learn what he is supposed to do, including a NO or STOP command that WORKS.
The problem is he's doing what he wants to do, and not what you want him to, and you don't know how to turn that round.
In the mean time, keep him away from those situations.
SNEAKERS answered on 9/5/13. Helpful? / 1
You should train your dog. Enroll him in an obedience class and make sure he also gets some socialization. He should exercise too and get him toys and lots of activities. Neutering helps as well.
The word is dominant. And you have a pit mix, so you know they are prone to dog aggression, right? Neutering won't help, training will. Ditch the alpha crap & find a positive trainer. Also find a certified behaviorist to come assess you both & make an individualized plan.
Look up BAT, CAT, LAT, LAM.
Do NOT EVER leave him unsupervised with the other dog. Do not allow him to rehearse the behaviour.
This requires professional help. Not advice from internet strangers
Definitely training but why is he not neutered?
Kodiak answered on 9/9/13. Helpful? / 1
Do not let him go around other male dogs and keep your distance from other male dogs. Get a basket muzzle if you have to go around other dogs for a reason.
Howard answered on 9/10/13. Helpful? / 1
Maybe since I'm a bit older...my first question... Did you pick his name for a particular reason? For people of my generation the name Manson does not have amusing connotations. Do you perhaps want him to be a statement making dog? Only you can answer that for yourself.
I would definitely say a good trainer and getting him neutered. It doesn't hurt them and I personally believe it makes a difference in their behavior. Male dogs who are unneutered sometimes feel compelled to prove themselves.
After they're fixed the testosterone goes down, they don't have a need to prove anything anymore and other dogs regard them as a neutral gender win-win
Opheila answered on 9/11/13. Helpful? / 1
Both of my boys have dominance/aggression problems. I really do suggest neutering him....it won't make him less dominant, but he won't have that special "reason" for dominance.
Getting him to a group class can sometimes help show him that you're boss, you're the only thing that matters, and he has no reason to get so cranky.
Ultimately you aren't the pack leader in his life. Always keep him leashed, when another dog comes around, make him sit/lay down and stand between him and the other dog. Shift your weight over when he looks side to side, "force" him to look at you (without ever actually touching him). When he's calm and focusing on you, reward him verbally, with a head scratch, or a tiny treat.
If you have any doubt weather or not he will behave to this dog, make sure there's no way he could hurt it (either keeping the leash short or putting on a muzzle)... Avoid trouble whenever possible basically.
Loki (Taz) answered on 9/23/13. Helpful? / 0