|Barked: Thu Jul 15, '10 1:13pm PST |
|Last night while on a walk (on leash), my dog suddenly started lunging, barking and biting me after encountering several dogs. The bites didn't break the skin, but it definitely scared me.
Some background...My dog is 1 1/2 years old and I just adopted him. I was told he was from a small town in BC so he probably was off leash and had lots of space(I live in downtown Vancouver and all our walks are on-leash.) He's very sweet in the house and 'loves' people, but he is reactive with other dogs. He gets stressed and lunges at them - sometimes he growls/barks, but not always. I believe he's getting very excited and wants to play with the dogs, but he's also trying to be dominant. A few other dog owners that we've encountered have allowed the dogs to interact and they usually end up playing -- it's very rough (and probably rude) playing, but playing none the less. I thought trying to socialize him would help.
However, I've noticed a few worrying behaviors in the past few weeks that I believe are linked to his anxiety with other dogs.
Out of the blue on a walk he has grabbed his leash, started chewing it aggressively while tug a warring with me. When this happens he's totally out of control -- almost as if he's trying to cut the leash off himself. He's pulling so hard he's even airborne at times.
I bought a chain leash the other day, thinking this would stop the tug of war. Instead, his aggression towards me got worse. Last night we encountered a few dogs that I pulled him away from. He immediately started jumping on me and barking (out of frusteration perhaps). This escalated to biting and lunging. I put him in a nearby tennis court to safely run off some steam, but there were off leash dogs in the area that came up to the fence. When I took him out of the tennis court, the lunging/jumping/biting got worse. He was even tugging my clothes aggressively.
I was finally able to subdue him, but I'm very concerned. This is a very sweet dog 90% of the time that seems to "snap" under certain circumstances. It's only happened a few times and so far, he hasn't hurt other dogs or me, but I believe this a warning. I'm not sure what is setting him off and why he suddenly directed his aggression at me.
Has anyone out there had a similar situation and how did you deal with it?
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