|Barked: Sat Jan 7, '12 8:40pm PST |
|I have a male Wheaten, who is almost 8yrs old. I got him from a reputable breeder, when he was a puppy. I often took him to the dog park, he went with me everywhere that was dog friendly, and rarely had any issues with him not getting along with other dogs. However, the older he gets, the more he's becoming aggressive towards other dogs. I'd say, up to about 5yrs old, he was fine; then, the dog aggression started and has gotten progressively worse. He growls, shows his teeth, lunges at other dogs, while we're on walks, or barks (visciously) when he's riding in the car, if he sees a dog. With my boyfriends greyhound (who's the calmest, most laid-back dog ever), my wheaten is very unpredictalbe. At times, he's attacked him, for no apparent/obvious reason, to us. No aggression at all towards people.
2yrs ago, I got a female wheaten, and other than when related to food, he's awesome with her. I've read that wheatens can develop "same sex" dog aggression, but I don't feel like he limits his aggression strictly to other male dogs.
I know he's a great dog, but I have get his dog aggression under control. As it is, I can't take him to play at dog parks anymore, and hesitate allowing him to tag along with me, to dog friendly stores/restaurants...and I hate that, because I want him to be able to enjoy those things once again. He's worked with more than one trainer, and I'm still having issues.
Has anyone else experienced something similar, with their Wheaten? If so, how did you handle it? Were you able to resolve the problem, and find a way to stop the dog aggression?
Please help. Any info/advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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