Tater

How can you control American Eskimo's aggression towards people?

My 4 year old American Eskimo is very aggressive towards people. He's very friendly to the family, but if anyone else comes in, we have to lock him in a room. Any suggestions?


Asked by Tater on Dec 17th 2007 in Behavior & Training
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Hailey

If it's in your house it's probably territory problems. Make a place that is Tater's. Like a crate. When you have people enter your household. Hold him back and greet him. At first have everyone completley ignore him. But after a while when someone comes to meet you, have them approach very slowly. Then let him sniff them. Scold him everytime he does something you don't like. NEVER LET ANYONE BOTHER TATER IN HIS SPOT (the crate or something).


Hailey answered on 12/17/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Guest

First, you need to identify the type of aggression and the triggers. There are something like 19 different forms of aggression and reativity.

I strongly urge you to see a qualified behaviorist, but can give you some suggestions in the mean time.

Make sure that new people are a good experience. If you lock him away whenever someone new comes in, he will learn to associate new people with being locked away, which may increase his aggression.

Find a really special treat and treat him when new people are there. If it is safe, have strangers treat him by throwing him food.

Change his associations and you can xhange the behavior.


Member 272716 answered on 12/18/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Winston

I wouldn't crate or isolate, since it does tend to create more aggression (you are providing a dog with "territory", which they will naturally guard). What will work is your establishing yourself as the pack leader. This is not done with any sort of punishment, but instead subtle behaviors that (in dog language) tell the dog you are in charge. Exercise your dog, at least twice a day (not play, actual walking, running, etc.) and establish the basic commands (sit, stay, down). Never let the dog pull on the leash or make similar decisions (if he attempts, simply switch direction or stop and command a sit for a moment). Once you have established all this solidly, you should be able to command him to a sit when anyone comes in. The exercise will help him expend excess energy and he will be better able to remain calm when guests come over. You too, have to assert your own calm, as the dog will tend to listen to a calm assertive leader. Good luck!


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