How do you correct dog aggression when it's very rare and violent?
My doberman is just over a year old. He's socialized. He's gone to the dog park a few times a week since he was 3 mo old. He's trained in the basics (sit, stay, wait, jump, and drop it). He's gentle with children and strangers and he's normally playful with new dogs. He attacked dogs at the dog park. He's done this three times. Each incident is about a month apart. There is no warning bark or growl. The dogs were not dogs he was playing with. Each time its a dog thats just walking by. The first two were quick bites. The last time it was a husky. He grabbed it by the neck and shook. He had to be pulled off. He wouldn't let go. The dog was okay, but he hasnt been to the dog park since. He cant be trusted. Is there a way to fix this? Im not sure why he does it. He's an only dog and we have no children. He gets alot of attention. He gets plenty of exercise and has a healthy diet.
on Dec 20th 2012
in Behavior & Training
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Don't go to the dog park. For the safety of your dog and the other dogs.
Obi answered on 12/20/12. Helpful? / 1
Not all breeds of dogs are social butterflies and the Doberman is one of those breeds. They were bred to work closely with their handler and not to work in a group like the hounds and retrievers.
Now that your guy is maturing, he is beginning to show some of his adult behaviors and his dislike of being around other dogs and it is up to you to make sure he is not put into situations where he is forced to react by attacking.
Dogs are programmed by their genetics and Dobermans are not comfortable being in groups of other dogs. Many people try to "fix" something like this but frankly, you are going against hundreds and hundreds of years of genetic wiring and he will most likely never be trusted in a dog park situation, nor will he ever really enjoy it.