Some dogs show an aggressive attitude towards their fellow dogs, which can be really complicated to deal with during outings. In these cases, complete rehabilitation is the only viable solution to overcome the problem.
Indeed, dog behavior problems come in two ways, either by lousy socialization, which is more frequent or by a bad experience with other dogs, which is not always the owner’s fault, of course.
These two problems require the owner to rethink how he treats his dog to improve or change it, which takes a long and patient work.
In this article, you will know some information about these dog behavior problems to understand how things work, what is needed, and especially what do you do if an off-leash dog approaches you while you are walking a dog?
Causes of social aggression:
A dog that has not been in regular contact with other dogs while there was still time may become suspicious and aggressive with them, and remain so if nothing is put in place to correct this. Thus, the basis of a successful education goes largely through a crucial period of socialization where the young dog must learn the codes of communication with his fellow dogs and thus, know how to distinguish a friendly canine attitude from a belligerent or threatening one.
This is why, if you have a young dog, it is essential to make him meet in positive play or walking contexts. Other factors may be at the origin of social aggression in dogs, as is sometimes the case for animals coming from shelters where they have experienced tense and traumatic relationships with others dogs, or having grown up in an isolated context without having had the opportunity to socialize with other dogs and adopt their codes.
Rules for crossing a dog on a walk:
you have to watch out for all the emotions that pass through the voice, the leash and the overall attitude. Without wanting to, and without knowing it, we talk to our dog even without saying a word! Indeed, if you are afraid that your dog will be attacked by all dogs as soon as he is on the street, you will tend to :
- Pulling on the leash and thus sending tension into the dog’s collar.
- Tense your body through fear and stress and release negative emotions meaning “Protect me because I can’t do it. »
- Fix the obstacle and draw your dog’s attention to it.
- Stroking your dog to release your own negative emotions that will only excite or stress him.
on the other hand, if you want your dog to stay calm, you must tell him at all times: “Don’t worry, I’ll take care of it! ». If you meet a dog tied up during a walk, you must act as if nothing had happened. If you show your dog that everything is normal and that there is no reason to worry, the walk with the other dog will be carefree.
- Do not fix the obstacle
- Do not pull on the leash
- Tell your dog “to the feet”: with an order, it’s easier to know where to stand!
- Continue to move
- Caress quietly once the obstacle has been passed!
what to do if an off-leash dog approaches you:
In the city, the law obliges to walk your dog on a leash under penalty of a fine (see details here), yet it is common to see a dog a few meters in front of its owner. It is true that there is not always any real danger and then the owners are the first to say “Don’t worry, he is nice to everyone. ». Except that with everyone doesn’t mean with all dogs.
The best behaviour is to ask at a reasonable distance that the dog in front be tied up immediately. In case of danger, don’t hesitate to stop to save time if you are at a distance of about 20 meters because a dog in a sprint runs very fast. If the dog is approaching, it is looking for social contact, watch its tail and attitude carefully.
If your dog is being charged or bitten, you have several options:
- Break the tension with a sudden action: you can shout a good blow, a ” Oh! ” for example, to break the action of the dogs, the surprise can make them let go and thus allow you to get your dog back. You can also throw water or a coat on the dogs.
- Detach your dog so that he can defend himself or run away. Better that than a severe bite! If a master is always afraid of losing his dog, it is important to know that a dog can have 3 types of reactions to another dog: flirting, fighting, running away… Give him the choice!
It is not advisable to put your hands or feet on it, as you may receive a drift bite.
- Pinch the groin of the biting dog to make it let go. One second is enough for the jaw to loosen, allowing you to separate the dogs.
Anticipating doesn’t mean staying worried all the time. On the other hand, you’ll be much more relaxed by keeping an eye on the surroundings to prevent any conflict and thus avoid unnecessary stress.
Every dog, no matter how well trained he is, has an instinct. It is up to the owner to direct his desire to fight or his fear, which can also lead to aggressive behaviour. Who has never heard the expression: “The best defense is the attack. » ? When walking freely, call your dog back “to the feet” when an obstacle presents itself, even if it means tying him up momentarily when you don’t know dogs.
If meeting a dog on a walk can be a nice moment of play, a fragment of a second is enough to start a fight. For successful walks, be zen and vigilant.