Posted : 1/8/2007 4:59:47 PM
I think the first step would eb a quick obediance course. I suggest that because it will hsow you what he already knows, it will bond you to him, and show you as the pack leader.
Next the introduction of your families dogs should be gradual and kept short and fun. Maybe two at a time at a nearby park so none of them have any territorial issues.
lastly, from the small description you posted it sounds to be as if he is more insecure then aggressive. If he wanted to bite he could and it seems as if he calms relatively well after a small amount of time, is that correct?
Next, what breed, age, and history does he have?
See my sister has a lab/pitt mix who is the old man of the family. We go over there with my pit bull AT LEAST 3 times a week since I have had her as a pup which is a little under two years so that is hundreds if not thousands of visits. I cannot recall one time he didnt greet her with a growl, snarl and a couple times a snap. She ignores him and literally this lasts fro 60 seconds. Its almost like he he just has to put her in her place from the begining plus my sister let it be known that she would not tolerate this behavior from him, we do put away all toys, treats and food to help them too.
Two weeks ago it went like this....I pulled up and she was talking out front with the neightbor. I let Rory out of the car, my sister opened the fence to let her in. Immedialty Deisel hauls butt over to Rory, barking, teeth showing. The neighbor says "oh wow, OMG they are gonna fight" ! Beofre my sisiter could even respind he had flopped over on his back and Rory was kssing him.
I would NOT continue this IF......
-It was depended on Rory to be the complete submissive one, he actualyl submits after a growl or two
-we had to continue to check them or this behavior went on throughout the visit
-they had ever made biting contact
-either had a aggressive past
One thing to also keeep in mind is to never coddle or favor a dog when this is going on. For example many owners would shoo or oush Dieisel away as if to say "oh leave the baby or girl dog alone, you know better" or "she's a visitor, where are your manners"? That would only show Rory htat it is ok to challenge him. Or if it was the other way around, if I coddle Rory, "oh this is his house" then Dieseil would see that we were enforcing his behavior!
Woo that was a lot of typing, hope I didnt overload ya there!