How do I stop my shih tzu, Bailey, from being so agressive towards other dogs?
My dog, Bailey, is a gray and white female shih tzu. She loves people, and is very cuddly, but she hates other dogs, and will just go after them for no reason at all. I say hush or no and she stops, but then she tdoes it again. I have no way to socialize her, so what do i do?
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She must be a protective dog, its very difficult to train these kinds. The best way is to introduce them to a new dog while on leash or take them to a dog park, where she will gradually learn to socialize. You need to be really really patient while helping her in this phase.
You need to slowly socialize her. Do not take her to the dog park, that's a recipe for disaster.
When you take her for a walk and you see another dog take her off the path, or cross the street. Make sure there's lots of space between you two and the new dog.
Go through her trick repertoire. Sit. Lie down. Shake a paw. Sit pretty. Praise and treat her for staying focused on you and staying calm. Once she can reliably stay calm at that distance, you can try being closer to dogs as they walk by. This will not be an overnight change. It will take at least several weeks, probably longer.
Chase answered on 12/1/12. Helpful? / 2
The dog is afraid, most likely. It has nothing to do with being protective..any dog can show fear reactivity.
Chase has good advice. Skip the dog park. Try playing the Look At Me game. Bailey sees a dog, you cue her to look at you. She does & you treat constantly until the other dog is gone. Or Look At That..where she looks at the dog, then back at you..again treat.
This must be done while dog is below threshold..that point where she lunges & barks. Over threshold, she can't learn.
Incorporate quick direction turns while she is calm. Then you can use them when she sees a dog..it never hurts to just go the other way.
Please look into BAT, by Grisha Stewart. Her protocols are made for this situation.
It will take time, but it can be done. Patience, time, consistency are the keys.