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I am caring for a friend's male dog (1+ year old

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Hi. I am caring for a friend's male dog (1+ year old lab/boxer/Grt Dane? mix) who was taken out of a three dog home when he ramped up aggressive behavior over the past few months with the older male dog in the home. He gets along fine with the female in the home who is a year or two older as well as two cats and his owners. Living with me for the past several days, I have tried to identify any quirky behavior towards people or other dogs (who he barks at across the street in our fenced in back yard). He is a very loving dog. He minds well and is well-trained for an adolescent. He is gentle and even lets you take his food away while he eats. Outside of being a bit energetic, I really don't see how he couldn't live well with people. So the question is: Can this dog be placed in a home with one or more dogs? If so, is there anything that needs to be done right away to help the situation. Thanks so much for your time. No one wants this dog to end up in a no-kill kennel or worse! Murray.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the dog's name?

Fezzik

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Dog Trainer should be aware of about Fezzik?

Nothing that I can think of.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Training
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Dog Trainer: Sally G., Animal Behaviorist replied 7 months ago
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Dog Trainer: Sally G., Animal Behaviorist replied 7 months ago

Many times there are situations where a dog does not get along with one dog in the home.

It seems like he did fine with the other animals , so that makes me wonder if the owner was not identifying the problem correctly and so let it go until it became a learned behavior between the two dogs when they got together.

I would suggest you get a temperament test done by a trainer in your area as they may be able to pinpoint something you are missing.

Dogs do become possessive over items, space and people so food may not necessarily be the trigger in his case and again it may be the other dog that is at fault. It's hard to tell what is going on without seeing it.

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