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Jane Lefler, Animal Behaviorist
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I'm just trying to learn about my potcake dog. 2 yr old

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I'm just trying to learn about my potcake dog. 2 yr old male, neutered, very sweet, but has a lot of weird traits. he also shows a lot of what i believe is fear aggression every time we go on a walk.
i think i want a bark collar. that's the main issue right now.
i got him in turks and caicos when he was no more than 8 wks old.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi JaCustomer,
My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
In order to supply you with an informed answer, it is necessary for me to collect some additional information from you. When I receive your response or reply, it will likely take me between 30-45 minutes to type up my reply if I am still online when I receive notice that you replied. I hope you can be patient.
Can you explain what behavior he displays on a walk?
When is he barking excessively?
What training has he had so far?
Does he walk in front of you, beside you or behind you?
Does he pull or lunge when on the leash?
What have you tried to stop the behavior?
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Jacustomer,
I was hoping you would respond to my information request so I could better provide you with an answer.
The best way of stopping your dog's behavior is with obedience training. When a dog is obedience trained, it does a few things. It builds a dog's self confidence so less fear based behavior. It also teaches a dog what humans mean when they give certain commands. It establishes the owner as the boss or leader and with being the boss comes the responsibility of protecting the dog as well. Once the dog knows you are the boss, they can relax because now it is your job to protect them and not their job to protect you.
The following site is helpful in helping owners train their dog. Be sure and click on the link to the page on obedience at the bottom. and links on subsequent pages leading to detailed instructions.
http://www.schutzhund-training.com/training_theory.html
Training works best if you train at least 30 minutes a day (two 15 minute sessions). I would start making your dog work via the Nothing in life is free program (NILF). It is outlined below.
http://www.pets.ca/articles/article-dog_nilf.htm
http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/training_nothing_in_life_is_free.html
The BAT method will also be helpful in stopping this aggressive/fearful behavior as well.
http://functionalrewards.com/BAT-basics.pdf
http://www.petexpertise.com/behavior-adjustment-training-dog.html
A bark collar can be effective if you just want to stop barking, but it won't stop aggression. In many cases, it just means a dog will skip the warning bark or grown and move straight to a bite.
Give my suggestions a try and I think you will find them helpful. I hope this information is helpful to you. If you need more information or clarification, please reply and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are satisfied, please take the opportunity to rate.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Jane Lefler
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

I'm just following up to see if you found my answer helpful.

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