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How to train your dog not to bite

I have a 7 month old lab/hound mix. I got him from a shelter as a stray about a month ago. I have been around a ton of different dogs, cats, etc, and have never had a problem with him until now.

He's a lot like a Golden Retriever...except he is a little bigger and definitely more aggressive... He's very playful, but has been known to have some biting tendencies (in play) or with other dogs.

I am thinking that he may be a little fearful of my other dogs. If I have my 1 year old lab, a 1 year old lab/hound mix, and 2 cats with me, will he be comfortable around them? We've never had this problem, but the shelter said he has always been aggressive toward dogs. He's never been aggressive with humans, but also has not been trained.

My biggest concern is that he seems to only be aggressive with other dogs... I feel like I'm not even his owner anymore... I don't know if I need to train him or if he'll just learn to be more submissive (even if it's only a little)

I'm also worried he will bite when left alone.

I want to know if there is a way for me to train him to not be aggressive toward other dogs, without fear. He's still a young dog...so I feel like he's only going to get worse...

Re: How to train your dog not to bite

That's a good point about his aggression. I will never ever leave my dog alone for a moment. I have a 7 month old Lab/Hound mix...but the lab is more of a timid and cautious dog. He's only really aggressive with the other dogs I own (and sometimes even with my cat).

I guess I am just concerned if I'm going to be leaving him alone for any length of time (besides when I go outside to let him out) or if I should be training him to be more submissive.

Re: How to train your dog not to bite

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Originally Posted by pw

I have a 7 month old lab/hound mix. I got him from a shelter as a stray about a month ago. I have been around a ton of different dogs, cats, etc, and have never had a problem with him until now.

He's a lot like a Golden Retriever...except he is a little bigger and definitely more aggressive... He's very playful, but has been known to have some biting tendencies (in play) or with other dogs.

I am thinking that he may be a little fearful of my other dogs. If I have my 1 year old lab, a 1 year old lab/hound mix, and 2 cats with me, will he be comfortable around them? We've never had this problem, but the shelter said he has always been aggressive toward dogs. He's never been aggressive with humans, but also has not been trained.

My biggest concern is that he seems to only be aggressive with other dogs... I feel like I'm not even his owner anymore... I don't know if I need to train him or if he'll just learn to be more submissive (even if it's only a little)

I'm also worried he will bite when left alone.

I want to know if there is a way for me to train him to not be aggressive toward other dogs, without fear. He's still a young dog...so I feel like he's only going to get worse...

Thanks

I would be very nervous about leaving your dog alone for any length of time. The fact that he was aggressive toward dogs in the shelter is not a good indicator of future behavior.

What you describe, i.e. that you get a big dog and then get another smaller dog, is a situation that can breed fear and aggression. You will need to be very careful and work with your dog on this problem.

I would recommend you get someone that works with dogs and a dog trainer to help you with this. If your dog does attack a smaller dog it is not because he wants to, it is a defensive response to fear. And your dogs are not safe around other dogs because they are reacting with aggression. You need to address this and you will need a good dog trainer.

Re: How to train your dog not to bite

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Originally Posted by Lopey

My biggest concern is that he seems to only be aggressive with other dogs... I feel like I'm not even his owner anymore... I don't know if I need to train him or if he'll just learn to be more submissive (even if it's only a little)

I'm also worried he will bite when left alone.

I want to know if there is a way for me to train him to not be aggressive toward other dogs, without fear. He's still a young dog...so I feel like he's only going to get worse...

Thanks

That's a good question. What does your lab/hound do to the other dogs when they play with him? Does he nip them? Growl at them? BARK at them? And is the other dog frightened?

It's very important that you teach your dog not to bite. You will need to set him up for success in this. If you play with him by sitting next to him and allow him to choose the play partner, and if he wants to play he can. If he is happy to play with your dog you might get away with only playing with your dog. You will have to play with your dog as you would play with a child. He must always want to play and be happy to do so. If you are unsure of what to do or unsure of the results you will get, get someone that works with dogs and a dog trainer to help you.

I do want to clarify the question that you ask about your dog's fear, "will he be comfortable around them?" I don't think that the shelter would have said that your dog is "fearful" as much



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