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Dominance and Agression?

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Mr.Maxy

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Barked: Wed Jan 23, '13 7:52pm PST 
Hi, my name is Max and mom has been realizing that I've been developing dominance and aggression towards other dogs and trying to tackle them. (I am a one year old and I haven't been neutered) Any help? Thank you! happy dance

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Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"

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Barked: Wed Jan 23, '13 8:43pm PST 
Is he just tackling the other dogs... or.. is there more to it than that? Can you please elaborate?

If it's just tackling, that's neither dominance(which true dominance is rare in our canine companions to begin with), nor is it aggression. It's a lack of proper canine social etiquette and simply rambunctious, rude, puppy behavior and he shouldn't be allowed to do it.

When is he doing it? How is he acting? What signs of 'dominance' or 'aggression' is he showing? How do other dogs react? Where are you when he does this and is he familiar with these dogs?
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Fritz

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Barked: Thu Jan 24, '13 3:34am PST 
We do need more information, but my first move would be to change your name to Max, the good dog.



There are NO bad dogs, just bad owners and dogs with problems.naughty

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Lobo

"Stubborn" dogs- don't need- corrections
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 24, '13 4:48am PST 
Dominance is described as a relationship between two individuals over a coveted resource, such as food. In order to prevent dominance-based training, however, I prefer to call it resource guarding, which is something that can be fixed using positive reinforcement methods.

Without more information, I'm inclined to think this isn't true "aggression" either, but something more along the lines of rude behavior. Learning more about dogs, dominance, and aggression, Lobo isn't dog-aggressive, either, but rather, a very rude, pushy dog who cannot communicate properly. Basically, Lobo is a bully.

As others have said, though, we can't tell you what's going on without more information. (:


EDIT;
Agreeing with Fritz. ALL dogs are good dogs. smile

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Mr.Maxy

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Barked: Thu Jan 24, '13 8:19am PST 
Well, sometimes he will try to push me away and he will try to be the leader and "Top Dog" When we are playing a game he will take it really seriously and try to win. Then when we are walking he growls and tries to snap at other dogs passing by. I don't let him win any of the tug-of-war games anymore but is there anything else I should know? Thanks way to go
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Squ'mey

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Barked: Thu Jan 24, '13 8:30am PST 
Given his age, I would be leaning toward bratty teenager.
But.. his profile says "Here is my job description: guard the house, eat ALL the treats, bark at squirrels and any other thing alive or not including chasing the cars, chasing the traffic helicopters, taking out the trash MY way, and play, 24/7, Oh and don't furget, BEING NAUGHTY 24/7 365 days a year! heheheh!!!"
So now I wonder what sorts of training you have done. He's been spoiled his whole life...nothing wrong with that laugh out loud but if he's been allowed to run amok with no boundaries, then this is not surprising.
Can you tell us more about what you did to socialise him, and what training? How much exercise is he getting?
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Sabi

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Barked: Thu Jan 24, '13 11:54am PST 
I wasn't going to comment on this post, you sound young but you should still know that referring to your best friend as a 'bad dog' is not ok.
I agree that he sounds like a poorly socialized, poorly controlled brat. I suspect you would find that consistent, basic training would do wonders.
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Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"

My Little Dog, a- heartbeat at my- feet.<3
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 24, '13 11:56am PST 
I have to agree with Squ'mey and Sabi. It sounds like he's been spoiled and is an undersocialized, bratty teenager.
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Mr.Maxy

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Barked: Thu Jan 24, '13 8:24pm PST 
Yeah, that's kinda true but I am well socialized only with dogs that I know. I'm not so sure about strange dogs, especially bigger dogs and Mom has been trying to correct my mistakes and I already graduated from dog school and stuff. And yeah, I could be a real brat sometimes laugh out loud but Mom's trying to correct my mistakes and she's trying to tell me that she's the alpha dog, not me so Mom's giving me some lessons to correct that. Thank you for all the help, I think I'm good... for now at least!


Hugs and Licks,

♥ Max
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Mr.Maxy

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Barked: Thu Jan 24, '13 8:35pm PST 
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