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Has anyone ever had a dog that was only aggressive towards male puppies?
  • Post edited by sunyata at 2013-06-06 15:31:55
  • Oh and they tried feeding him treats when there is a puppy present but he just keeps his eyes on the puppy waiting for the right moment to run after them.
  • sjp051993sjp051993
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    Neutering should help with that aggression. I have been around several male shibas that cannot be around other males. My male is fine with males of other breeds, will will stand off with another male shiba.
  • Hello-- I'm hoping that someone can give me some tips on my 10 month old shiba puppy. When we first got him he needed strong intervention in learning how to be social with other dogs and how to play. I can happily say we have achieved this! So I know that with obsessive/diligent work, that he can be the best boy!!!

    We are trying to working on Yuki's aggression toward puppies. Over the last many months I've learned what aggression is and what it is not, and he is aggressive; lunging, going right into attack mode once he realizes he's near a puppy. I'm curious if it's an unstable energy type of issue in the puppy that makes him uncomfortable. He does this with both male and female puppies, fixed and unfixed, and different types of energy (very submissive to dominant personalities). This happens on and off leash. Can someone who has maybe had this problem give me some interventions on how to work on his behaviors? I'm continuously working on him saying "hello" (he's not there yet-- even a quick hello) or being in near spaces with puppies. I am open to all questions and suggestions.
  • zandramezandrame
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    @devonmlewis, does he get along OK with dogs he knows? So like, is the problem only when meeting new dogs? This is standard Shiba behavior, they more often than not become intolerant as they mature.

    Any time your dog becomes reactive over something, you want to minimize repeat occurrences. So in this case, if he doesn't like puppies, don't let him meet them face to face. If you want him to learn to ignore puppies or other dogs in his presence, you can work on desensitization by bringing him nearby but still within his comfort bubble (this may be a few feet or across the street) and rewarding him with food or play. He needs to start associating the offensive thing with positive experiences. Also continue to go to training classes, where he learns to work and focus on you, despite the presense of other dogs. Some trainers offer special classes to teach focus foundations, or for reactive dogs. Private training can also be helpful.

    Check out some of the other posts in this category. Here's one on puppies

    Dog aggression

    other good threads:

  • I will check out these threads-- thank you!
  • sunyatasunyata
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  • @sunyata, can you expand on "stalking"... banjo's go to move when he sees a dog is to lie down and make himself REALLY small and try to hide his face behind his paws.

    Is that stalking or being friendly?
  • Kira_KiraKira_Kira
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  • just checking, thanks for clarifying =)

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