Saint Bernard Aggression

This is regarding my two year old female St. Bernard's aggressive behavior.
She is great with people she knows & dogs that shes filimar with. But once you take her for a
walk or take her outside and she sees dogs she's never met before or played with when she was
a puppy she starts barking && pulling towards them and becomes mean. She has never attacked a dog
before or anything. But every sine she was a puppy she has been afraid of people as well & she still is.
if she dont know you when shes in a house she tries to back away or run away But if you have her on a walk
she starts barking like crazy at them.

I have tried using a shock collar to help with her aggression towards other dogs but it dose not
effect her on bit. And i have tried a pinch collar as well and that dosent really do much but
prevent her from pulling as much towards the other dog.

What would be the best thing to do??

Asked by Member 1116201 on Jun 17th 2012 Tagged saintbernards in Behavior & Training
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Kali earned her wings 10/21/14

I would contact a behaviorist or a trainer that specializes in aggression / reactive behavior. You can also post this question on the behavior forum on this site. You will probably get similar suggestions. Good Luck!

Kali earned her wings 10/21/14 answered on 6/17/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


It is better to consult with trainer initially so that you can save from any bad effect.

Member 1116265 answered on 6/18/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


A shock collar to "treat" aggression will undoubtedly make it far, far worse... please throw out BOTH the shock and pinch collars, especially if you have not been shown how to use them by a professional, these are both great ways to make matters worse in a big way. This is a LARGE dog that can do a GREAT DEAL of damage if this is not gotten under control, and a shock collar is going in the wrong direction here. Please get in touch with a qualified professional ASAP -- preferably a behaviorist. I also recommend posting in the Behavior & Training forum (under Community --> Forums on this website) and repeat your question there, you will get a lot of input as to what qualifications to look for in a professional. Good luck to you!!!

Kolbe answered on 6/18/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


I also advise you to make an account so you can p-mail. There was a Saint on the forums with serious aggression issues. His owner had many posts/threads about his issues. Sadly, it did not end well for this guy. She now has a new Saint puppy, from a reputable breeder.
Sadly, this breed does have some issues these days...directly related to poor breeding. Your girl is showing some definite "non-Saint" behaviours.
I recommend you find a vet trained behaviourist...NOT a trainer. They will work with you to come up with a plan.
Please get rid of the aversive collars. Neither are meant to be used without proper training. look at some positive training methods. Look at That, BAT, etc. Authors like: Pryor, Donaldson, Miller, Stewart, McConnellare great.
Please do repost in the main forums.

Member 904338 answered on 6/18/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer