Aggression Toward Familiar People Average Cost

From 22 quotes ranging from $200 - 3,000

Average Cost

$500

First Walk is on Us!

✓ GPS tracked walks
✓ Activity reports
✓ On-demand walkers
Book FREE Walk

Jump to Section

What is Aggression Toward Familiar People?

Aggression in dogs toward familiar people is a frustrating situation that dog owners may face during the ownership of their companion. Growling, barking, biting, snarling, lunging, or any type of aggressive behavior can be caused by a variety of reasons. Many people view the term “aggression” in different ways; some feel that if a dog bites a familiar person it is considered aggression, while others may feel that a growl or snarl to a familiar person is a signal for aggression. What is important to understand is that if a dog that has been a member of your family for a period of time in which he has had time to “bond” with everyone, it is important to be mindful of any behavioral changes. If your companion has never snarled or growled before, and all of a sudden begins to do that (without being threatened or provoked) then it may be time to visit the veterinarian.

Aggression in dogs toward familiar people occurs when a dog, well known to its family or family friends, becomes aggressive towards them, causing emotional harm or physical harm to his loved ones.

Book First Walk Free!

Symptoms of Aggression Toward Familiar People in Dogs

Aggression is on such a wide spectrum of behaviors, and that is why it is so important to keep a documentation of any regular “times” or “triggers” that are leading to any negative change in behavior of the dog. Symptoms can include:

  • Snarling
  • Lip biting
  • Biting
  • Barking
  • Growling
  • Lunging
  • Having a tense or stressed demeanor
  • Inability to relax in certain situations
  • Being unhappy or seemingly irritated
  • Moodiness
  • Aversion of the eyes
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety

Types

There are many types of aggression in dogs and can occur in many different situations. Other terms and types include: 

  • Dominance aggression
  • Aggression related to an incident
  • Competitive aggression
  • Conflict aggression

Causes of Aggression Toward Familiar People in Dogs

Aggression can be predisposed to certain breeds if not handled properly. There are breeds that are known or considered to be more aggressive than others, and this is still widely debated. Studies do show that this is the case at times. Causes of aggressiveness toward familiar people can include:

  • Inconsistent training
  • Hectic environment
  • Mishandling of the dog
  • Improper and inappropriate discipline of the dog
  • Neglect
  • Genetics
  • Underlying medical conditions

Diagnosis of Aggression Toward Familiar People in Dogs

If your dog has suddenly or gradually over time become aggressive toward you, other family members, or friends, it is imperative to make an appointment with your veterinarian so the symptoms do not progress. The veterinarian will ask for a detailed history of the dog, including his home environment, habits, routines, discipline, training, and any other questions he feels is necessary to properly diagnose the underlying condition, if any.

The veterinarian will perform a complete examination which may include medical testing, such as blood work, a urinalysis, or any other testing for certain illnesses, if the dog is exhibiting any. It is very important to tell your veterinarian of any changes in diet, or if the dog is showing any symptoms of illness. The medical professional will check for anxiety issues or dominance issues by asking you specific questions pertaining to these disorders.

Treatment of Aggression Toward Familiar People in Dogs

With a diagnosis of aggression, the veterinarian will recommend strict behavioral therapy so it doesn’t become worse. Treatment may include:

Behavioral Therapy

This will be the main form of treatment, and the veterinarian will recommend a therapist to help your dog and your family. Behavioral therapy will include modification of the dog’s behavior, desensitization, eliminating triggers, training, affection control, and much more. The behavioral therapist must get to know your dog and may come into the home to help you, and will even teach you strategies to help your dog. This may take time, and things may have to be eliminated from the dog’s life in order to decrease his aggression, but will be worth it in the end.

Medication

If your dog is suffering from anxiety, the veterinarian may choose to prescribe medication. This is questionable and debated, though, because what is crucial in dog aggression is to treat the underlying disorder. If the dog has an illness that has caused him to suddenly become aggressive the veterinarian will prescribe the appropriate medication if needed.

Lifestyle Change

Making sure that your home environment is calm and predictable may be a recommendation by the veterinarian or behavioral therapist. If you are not on a routine with your dog, and his day-to-day living is very unpredictable, a change will need to be made. Consistent and proper routine management is one step to helping dog aggression.

Diet

There are times when a low-protein and high-tryptophan diet may help in conjunction with therapies and any medication.

Recovery of Aggression Toward Familiar People in Dogs

Recovery and management depends on the severity of the aggression. Dogs can be cured of this, but it does take much dedication and time from you, the loving and patient owner. Many dogs who suffer from aggression towards familiar people are rehomed or surrendered to an animal shelter.  If a dog has attacked a person, causing suffering and severe injury, they may be euthanized. This is why it is crucial to get the dog’s aggressiveness under control before it is too late. The dog’s chances of recovery are much higher if he is taken to the veterinarian and started therapy.

Recovery takes time, perhaps years, and over this time the methods learned must be followed. Follow-up visits with the veterinarian and behavioral therapist (if the therapy has ended) are necessary to be sure the dog is on the path to recovery. There is no “cure” for dog aggression; however, there are ways to drastically minimize any recurrences. It takes dedication and persistence from the whole family in order to help the dog with this condition.

Aggression Toward Familiar People Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Mikey
Chinese Crested
4 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Food aggression
Irritation

He acts like he is mad at my hands! I have a chinese crested dog named Mikey, he was abandoned as a pup and i took him home. we have been together for three years now and he is healthy and happy, with some slight food aggression More recently he gets so mean like my hands are not part of me , but he will snugggle up to my face... but if o reach to pet him hhe snarles and growles.. its very saddening . help!
we have moved a few times and he has had great transitions, we moved recently and everything is cool but something is really off....

My dog has been doing the same! He’ll lay with me but if I even touch him with my hands, he’ll get up or growl at me! He’s never been abused and he’s almost two years old. I’ve had him since he was 6 weeks and this just started about a month ago

my 11 year old Chi/jack mix has been aggressive toward us for some time now. Hates baths, and she bites "hard". She actually 'chewed" on my finger when trying to clean one of her nostrils due to it being encrusted and couldn't breathe. lately, even petting her she grows, snarls and if you don't stop, will bite hard. We afraid to do anything with her anymore.

Add a comment to Mikey's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Rocky
pitbull boxer mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression Towards Familiar People
Random Aggression

I recently got a Pitbull Boxer Mix that is supposedly 1 year old? He's pretty big for his age and when we first saw him his hair was standing up and he was on his guard but soon he got used to us and wanted to be with us. Recently he's been acting aggressive to anyone that comes into the door and it gets tiring having to hold him back and telling him to sit whenever someone wants to come over. Sometimes it takes an hour just to get Rocky used to the person before he can roam around the house. We also have a Westie named Winston and he tries to bite Rocky a lot because Rocky likes to antagonize him and thinks Winston is playing but Winston just wants to be left alone. Just a few days ago my younger sisters friend came over and she was going through a lot and we had just heard a cousin had passed away in our family too so it was a bit chaotic outside in our yard. She went to go into the house (Mind you he's met her a million times already) and Rocky bit her and snarled when we went to go punish him and put him in the cage he kept growling at us with his hair still up. Today this morning he was outside on his leash and he saw me at the front door so he came over and jumped on the door to look at me he was fine until he came up to the door. Once he came up, he raised his hair and started growling at me with his ears down and his eyes were really really big. He's been growling randomly at me as if I'm doing something wrong but the only thing he's growled at me for was playing on my phone and looking at him through the front door? If there's anything that tells anyone what's triggering him I would deeply appreciate any advice thank you.

Add a comment to Rocky's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Marty
Maltese
2 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dominance
Separation Anxiety
Nipping
Biting

My 2 year old neutered PERFECTLY HEALTHY male Maltese named Marty has separation anxiety and dominance issues. Lately, when I go to pick him up whether it be to remove him off my lap, or off a chair, he turns around to snap at me. Starts with aversion of the eyes, or his ears go back. When I remove him from an area where both my husband and I are, he goes to bite at my face. He has never been mistreated. In fact, we spoil him absolutely rotten which may be part of the problem. He really favors my husband and we think he's possessive over him. Please give us some tips as it's ONLY ME his goes to nip at.

I'm exactly the same, please please please get to the vet asap. My pup was 3 months when he started snapping, now he's 11 months and he's huge. It's normal to have his snapping everyday to the point where we know the triggers, warnings etc but when we can't help but have to do it we're not even scared of it anymore. That's bad. He's going to the vet on saturday, but we should've done it a long time ago and it would've been easier to squash. I'm here for moral support!

Add a comment to Marty's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Cooper
French Bulldog
3 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

I have a 3 year old French Bulldog called Cooper who is the sweetest dog I’ve ever met! However, yesterday, in the morning, he followed my mother up to her room, which he never does, he always stays downstairs in the mornings and sleeps in my parents room at night. When my sister came upstairs and went into the bedroom (Cooper and her were alone) he growled at her. Then this morning he did the same thing, going upstairs with my mother and when my sister was left alone with him he bit her in the face, she had to go to the doctors to get a Tetnas jab. My mother shouted at him and gave him a smack on the bum and told him to go downstairs. Then for the rest of the day whenever my sister would go near him he would curl up as close to me as he could and he would start shaking uncontrollably, he seemed petrified! But we really don’t know why he is suddenly aggressive towards her. I think she may have done something to make him feel threatened or scared but I’m not sure.

Add a comment to Cooper's experience

Was this experience helpful?

tommy
Mixed
11 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

growling, biting
Growling,

i have a 11 months old dog. Initially he was so friendly but by the times i witnessed some behavioral changes in him. he has started growling and biting us when feeded or touched while sleeping and even giving aggressive signs while moving objects near by him while he sleeps.he doesn't like even looking at him while eating or sleeping. this has created terror in me and my family, that a sweet,cute dogs has turned into aggressive one.

Add a comment to tommy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

pikels
Shih Tzu
20 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Attack

I have a one year and 10 months old male shit zu. He was sweet when I got him from the breeder. Then over the days and weeks he started barking at people who visits the house. He knows only the 3 of us who stays with him at my house. His past time is looking outside by the window and barking at anybody who passes by the house. When we walk at the street he does not mind other people. When we go to other people's house he is ok. But once he gets to our house or even our car he will bark at anybody who passes by or anyone who gets inside the car or the house. It does not matter even if he sees the person regularly and he accepts food from visitors but after feeding time he will bark and try to attack the same person who fed him. He has not hurt anyone so far because we are quick to intervene. How do I correct this issue? please help.

Add a comment to pikels's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Marlow
Maltipoo
12 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

agression
Irritable
Discontent

Our 12 year old Maltipoo recently started showing severe agrgession towards us. Fortunately we dont have children in our home, but we aren't able to interact with him and show him affection anymore. We went to our vet 5 days ago and had bloodwork and samples sent out for testing and as of today we dont have those results back. The vet suggested it could be the beginning of dementia but I'm afraid we may be missing something. He doesnt like to be touched ,talked to, sat near. He will walk up like he wants petted but then growl and snap at you. When I have to pick him up, I use a thick towel and cover him as well as his head until I can sit him down where we needed him. Of course at the vet he was completly normal, so the vet is trying to base their diagnosis off of what we can tell her, the lab results that are pending and video we have made of the little guy. Anyone who can offer any suggestions are appreciated!

Add a comment to Marlow's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Patch
Parson Russell Terrier
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression, dominance, attention

Our dog is a Parson Russell Terrier. She is just over 2yrs old and deaf. We adopted her 7 months ago as the previous family were concerned that she snapped at their young daughter a couple of times without warning.
She has always been very affectionate to us and nudges your hand to be petted.
Whilst we were on holiday she bit our nephew which we thought was because he had been staring at her whilst she was in her space (her bed).
She will sometimes make a purring sound or growl if we stroke her before bed so stopped this and gave her space.
Tonight I came in from a friends house and the dog was asleep so I left her. She then noticed me and got up to greet me. I petted her and went to stop as I heard the purr but she followed me and nudged my hand. I continued to pet her thinking this was what she wanted then after another minute she lunged at me with a snarl in an attempt to bite me.
I gave her the sign for bad girl and she got on her bed, she then immediately ran to me and jumped up as if to greet me and get affection so I sent her away back to her bed.
I have started being out of the house longer for work (my husband works from home)and now when I get in she will not leave me alone, 'rugby tackling' me around the leg and 'humping' me. She will get down when I sign but immediately does it again. Are they linked? Should I take her to the vet?

Add a comment to Patch's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Savyna
Labrador Retriever
10 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking
Growling, biting, showing teeth
Heavy Breathing

Medication Used

Vitamins
Glucosamine/chondroitin/Omega 3 joint supplement

My 10 year old Labrador Border Collie mix has not been herself lately. She began with attacking our other dog (male 1 year old Chihuahua) ,they have been together all of those 10 years without any problems. The Lab has attacked him a few times and has even drawn blood. Now, she is beginning to growl at family members, including me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations

There are many causes of aggression in dogs and it needs to be addressed quickly and firmly before it becomes a bigger problem. Savyna may be trying to assert her dominance or she may be in pain which is causing the aggression, speaking with a behaviourist may be useful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello,
just wondering if anyone has been through something similar.
Around 2 weeks ago I fostered a border collie. I wasn't told of any issues she had, apparently everything was fine. But on getting her home I realised she is quite fearful of men. Not all men, but some of them, and at different levels. Some men she flinches and runs away from, others she barks and growls. She is absolutely terrified of my partner, to the point that she barks, growls, lunges and snaps at him when he enters the room. I think she was abused before I got her, any quick raised hand movement and she flinches. When I got out the brush she ran away and hid, I found her behind the bed shaking.
We have been getting my partner to gently throw treats for her, feed her, and pretty much ignore her... though sometimes now and then she will even get close enough for him to pet her. We keep thinking we have made some progress but she will inevitable revert back to being scared/aggressive towards him.
It's causing massive stress in our house as I can't leave them alone together so she has to come to work with me. He is quite frightened of her after she bit his arm.
I'm at my wits end, I really want what is best for her, and for my partner, but I feel we are just going round in circles.
Has anyone every been through this before and come out the other side a happy family?
Jasmine

I recently got a cocker spaniel puppy, and we’ve had him for about a month. I’m 16 and have never owned a dog before so I’m hoping someone can help. My puppy is fairly settled around my other family members (including children) but he always tries to bite me and growls. He’s been really agressive but only to me and I’m worried I’ve done something wrong and how to fix it?

My 2year old rottie has been a beautiful boy until the last few days . It seems in the evening he will go for who ever moves and always seems to be on edge. He’s been neutered. We are at are wits end as we love him so much

Our 2 year old Yorkies just go completely nuts if certain people or kids are in the house, he attacks & bites other people or kids can come in & he doesn’t do a thing. We contacted the breeder and of course he said it was our fault. He’s never been mistreated, we are just at a loss. We even tried anxiety medicine. Any suggestions on this?

Eliana p., sounds like an illness. Maybe distemper. You need to rule out rabies and pain. Time for a vet check.

My sister has a terrier mix dog about 3-4 years old now. He has been with her every day of his life and they are extremely attached. They moved away with my dad where he was around dogs that were aggressive towards one another and him. She came down to visit and before she left she went to give him a bath and he bit her (which he's never done before to any one or thing). He's a very submissive quiet dog that never had any behavior issues. She left him down here thinking the other dogs had turned him aggressive by attacking him and each other on occasion. He started growling at my blue healer (which he grew up with) and now every time she sees him she attacks him. It's been about two days and he won't come from under my house. I just got him out and he hasn't been eating, shakes real bad, has a lot of saliva around his mouth and just isn't himself at all. He seems stressed and scared. Does anyone know what this could be? Possibly from my sister leaving him here? He grew up around my family and other dogs here so everything is familiar to him. They've only been moved away for about 6 months. Sorry for such a long post, I'm really concerned. Thanks in advanced!

Our 2 year old tepcup chihuahua bit my husband the other day. All he did was go to pick him up after we got home from work and bit him on the the lip. My husband dropped him on the bed and he like froze, his whole body went stiff then he relaxed. He has never done anything like this before . It scared him and me. We are worried since we have another dog that he grew up with, he might bite her too. Any idea on his actions?

My dog started becoming aggressive to anyone who comes near my mom, even though he's just as close with my dad. He is not protective of my dad or aggressive for any other reason that someone approaching my mom. What does this mean?

Just stop growling at your dog, immediately.

Our new dog that we saved from an abusive home was very mild mannered when we got him. He follows us around like a puppy and craves attention.

More recently he started this growling affection. He only does this with me and it started when I did a subtle growl/hum to him. He did it back and it has become this thing between us. Sometimes it sounds aggressive and other times it's a softer growl. But he always follows it up by licking my hand or putting his nose at my hand to pet him.

Because it can sound aggressive, is that cause for concern. He's affectionate while he does it but it can sound pretty aggressive. And again, he doesn't do this with my husband.

Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks in advance!

Add a comment to Savyna's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Buttons
Labrador Retriever
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression

Hi, my cousin has a golden Labrador. He is almost a year old. Unfortunately he has developed a strange habit of attacking family members, those who occasionally visit him. This is noted about 5 to 10 min after caressing the dog. He aggressively lounges while growling.
He has not undergone any training yet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
This is certainly a strange behaviour, normally we see aggression instantly not after ten minutes of petting and being friends; when these episode occur you need to punish Buttons and make a punishment for him by either making sit or lay down in a certain place or putting him into another room or placing him in a crate. This is all behavioural most likely and he needs to be taught that this behaviour is unwanted, consulting with a Behaviourist may be useful to get some first hand input. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Buttons's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Lucky
Chihuahua
6-7yrs
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Startles easily

Over the past six months my 6yr old Chihuahua has become jumpy and startles easily, licks her lips a lot, growls at my other dog (a Min Pin) and occasionally growls at me! I had blood work done about 3 months ago, which revealed nothing unusual. What could be causing this behavior change in my pet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Some dogs will have moments where they start to be aggressive for no apparent reason (I think it is when they try to challenge the status quo in the home), when this occurs you should take steps to correct this behaviour immediately by picking her up whilst holding her by the scruff of the neck and then placing her on the floor and holding her there until she gives in and doesn’t move. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Lucky's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Chip
Chihuahua
12 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

barking
Whining
Growling

We just started fostering Chip. According to the rescue he was in a kennel for 5 days with another dog covered their own excrement. He’s very loving and sleeps on us a lot but recently he’s been barking and growling at my boyfriend and I. We aren’t really sure what’s wrong with him. Should we go to the vet and get him checked out or just give him more time since he has only been with us for about a week?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
If Chip is showing some aggression you should correct this aggression by punishing him by holding him down on the floor until he gives in; after a few times he should pick up the message. It is also important to visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement since these issues may stem from a medical problem (something causing pain or discomfort) so it is worth exploring. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Chip's experience

Was this experience helpful?

hazel
Chihuahua
6 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

barking and biting
high alert
aggresive

i bought my dog from another family when she was 3-4 months old, and ive had her for at least 3 months now but she on very high alert even of me. every little movement that i make, shes flinches and barks at me. she even bites me too. i dont use abuse on her nor can i use words. she doesnt listen to me and always run away from me whenever i try to pick her up. i would reach out to touch her and she would bite me. from this action i know that the previous family was probably bad to her but i treat her good. i feel like shes a 5 year old kid who i adopted and she already know that im her foster mother. i know it sounds funny but its true. she doesnt trust me nor show that she loves me. she hasnt got any shots yet. shes also scared of loud noise and tiny movements. i feel like i should give her away because i really cant do anything else. i dont know if theres anything wrong with her, physically and emotionally.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations

I always found that Chihuahuas are prone to being aggressive, it is important to control them quickly and efficiently regardless of whether they bite you (with time you’ll get better at catching her). When you need to ‘punish’ her, it is best to grab her by the back of the neck, lay her down and restrict her movement until she calms down; it can be quite traumatic for owners to do this but becomes easier each time, by performing this act which isn’t painful for Hazel will enforce that you are the stronger one and shouldn’t be messed with. If you continue to have problems, speak with a Behaviourist; but giving her away will only put a problem onto another family as she is now. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

What a awful thing to do you don’t punish a dog at all it only installs more fear and will make the poor dog more aggressive never try any adverse behaviour methods it’s cruel

Add a comment to hazel's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Winston
bernese mountain mixed with coon
almost a year
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

barking

We've had our dog for almost a year, my brothers girlfriend has been around when we got the dog as well. He barks at her all the time. I know people have said he could be aggressive or he could tell that she isn't a good person. He does bark sometimes for attention. Him and I could be laying down and the second he sees her he starts barking and wont stop until we tap him nose to stop.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
There are various causes of aggression in dogs and it can be difficult to determine a specific cause, there is no quick fix and it is difficult to manipulate an 80-100lbs dog for punishment. There are various different techniques to use, but I cannot think of anything specific in your case to try apart from try to get Winston and your Brother’s Girlfriend to walk outside and then come inside together so there entering the house together as this may work; otherwise you should consult with a Behaviourist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Winston's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Lyla
Rottweiler Mix
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression

My husband and I adopted Lyla from a rescue agency with unknown history. She was described as displaying aggression towards pets, but everything else was “okay”. When we got her, she was very active and had very poor training. Currently, we take her on two/three walks per day and play with her constantly when we get home from work. She is very oral in her play and sometimes nips. I have tried the “trading” options with her. She does well with this but sometimes gets too nippy and I have sprayed her with bitter spray. I have also laid her on her back before to show dominance. Lately though, she has been showing possessive aggression. This evening, she was trying to get into our kitchen sink and when I pulled her down and she snapped. She bit me and broke the skin. My husband and I are concerned because we are expecting, but also because we feel as though we don’t know if this is a trend with her. It has happened twice and we are wondering what to do. We want to get a professional trainer, but also wonder if this behavior can be “fixed”. Thanks!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I think that a professional trainer would be the best thing to do right now, given Lyla's unknown history and the fact that there will be a baby in the house. A trainer will be able to give you a better idea as to how to handle her behavior and the things that can be corrected. Your veterinarian will be able to recommend a good trainer if you are not sure who to call.

I am not school trained so you can take my words as just an opinion but I hope that you get rid of the animal before the baby comes. I and my immediate family has had dogs for ever. German shepherds, Pekingese, poodles, Dobermans, ankle biters, guard dogs, mutts, and strays.Unless there is a physical condition that is causing this behavior you will not be able to trust the dog around kids. They were all fed properly and all their medical treatment was with a vet. We had a Lab that was a teddy bear around everyone until one day she snapped at my young sons but would then lick them and nuzzle. I sat in front of her and slowly started carefully rubbing her from nose to tail. As I approached an area there was pain in her eyes. Turns out she had a painful tumor that simple ($800) surgery and she was fine. The Lab was 2year old and weighed over 100 lbs. Had it not been a physical condition, I would have had the dog put down as I did not need a monster around my wife and kids. You sound like you have seen the vet and found no physical issues. The fact that the shelter(?) was unable to provide a better history of the dog is an indication that there was a problem with the previous owner. She has attacked you more then twice then this is now a reflex response and unless the dog is very young then there is no way to "un-learn" this action. You may care for the dog but get rid of the dog and get a puppy that you can raise with the child and the dog will be your child's protector for life. Don't put the dog above your family.

Add a comment to Lyla's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Cece
Morkie
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

I got my dog about 2 1/2 months ago. We live with my mom. She was very quiet but a little skittish. I go to work 2 days a week for a few hrs and she stays with my mom. She is fine.
She def bonded with her. She's always goes in her room or downstairs to see her but lately she barks at her a lot, why is this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
There is never an easy answer to behavioural issues like this, there are many factors which may be causing Cece to bark at your Mom; these may include aggression, trying to get attention, warnings etc… It is difficult to say why but your Mom should start to punish or this behaviour by verbal warning or time outs (by placing her in another room or by placing her on the floor); due to the difficulty of behavioural issues and the varying factors which may contribute to them, I would highly recommend consulting with a Behaviourist who will also observe the issue and give recommendations based on their experience. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Cece's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Wesley
Alaskan Malamute
3 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Nipping
Nipping, loud yelping

We have an Alaskan Malamute who is a dream around strangers. Very friendly, tolerant and affectionate. However, she will randomly get really ornery with my girlfriend and I. If we touch her hind legs or paws when shes sleeping, she will do a loud yelp thing and nip at our hands. She's never broken skin, and has never done this to anyone but us (we have had friends and kids over and they play and rough house with her and shes never shown any inkling to doing that with them) but I am worried that this can be a problem. My girlfriend thinks that she is just letting us (her pack) know that she is annoyed, and doesn't want to be bothered by us right now. It is worth noting that once she does this, she snaps out of it right away and will come to us for pets like she did something wrong. Any advice is appreciated!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
It sounds like you are startling her when she is sleeping and she is nipping; if she doesn’t show any aggression whilst awake, I wouldn’t be too concerned but if she does then behavioural training may be required. It is possible that her paws and hind legs are sensitive due to some pain or prior injury causing her to wake up and nip before she has time to process what is happening; if this is the case you should have your Veterinarian check out her hind legs and paws for any injury during your next check up. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Wesley's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Buddy
mongrel
9 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

ears back
Snarling
Biting

Hi, my husband and I adopted a rescue puppy 6 months ago. He is now around 9 months old and for the past couple of months he has been very aggressive towards me. He actually gave me a black eye by jumping up at me and has bitten me a couple of times. 95% of the time he is the perfect, wonderful, cheeky little puppy we adopted. These outbursts tend to happen when food/ treats are involved and I get close to him. However recently it has happened just when I have gone near him and I don't know what the trigger is. I now look out for the snarling and just leave him alone but it is becoming more frequent. he knows he has been bad after. i point at him and shout for him to go outside and he goes. and after a while he comes running back in towards me wagging his tail being as cute as pie.
he never acts this was towards my husband. I go near him and he will snarl, my husband will go up and stroke him at the same time and he doesn't react.
recently we were away for 2 weeks and he stayed with a friend with a dog and then another friend with a dog (both smaller than him) and he was also aggressive to those dogs. he has never shown signs of aggression before - he goes to doggy daycare once a week to socialise with other dogs and we take him to the beach every weekend where he plays with other dogs.
We are about to get him castrated - will this help?i have reached out to a behavioural specialist and they have said we have to wait until he has recovered from his operation. So I imagine it will be another month of living live this.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Castration may help, but more importantly you need to establish with him that you decide everything - you decide if he gets food, a treat, a toy or anything else; if he is getting aggressive with you when there is food about, you need to ensure that you are strong and persistent and stop him from touching it (I know this can be scary in a large dog). After castration, recovery will be less than ten days so let’s say ten days; it would be best to consult with a Behaviourist in your home so they can see what is happening in ‘his’ environment. Sorting out these behavioural issues can be a long process, you need to be committed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Buddy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Kiki
Chihuahua
8 years old
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

I've had my dog for 3 years, neighbors who owned her abused her very badly. Broke her nose, her back left leg, put a link in her tail. So when they asked me to dog sit, I never gave her back. She has been fine, loving, caring, snuggles, very sweet. Until I moved in with my brother and his roommate and their three kids. Now she barks at everybody who comes threw the door, she Chase's the kids barking and nipping, she Chase's any stranger through the house even if they are sitting down. I've had to cage her during the day while I'm at work because of this. I don't know what to do and can't really afford a behavioralist.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Behavioural issues can be difficult to get to the bottom of, especially given Kiki’s history. Finding a way to keep her calm or to understand that the people are welcome in the home can be hard; petting her and assuring her when new people enter, letting her meet people outside and then bring them in with her as a group or try punishing her when she misbehaves. Unfortunately there is no quick fix and not each fix will work with each dog, there are a lot of resources online to help with dog training with videos which may help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Kiki's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Scout
Chihuahua/Daschund/Toy Fox Terrier
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

My chihuahua mix only seems to be aggressive towards me. He snarls and snaps at me when I move certain ways and do certain things. How can I stop this aggression? Have I babied him too much? Do I need to be more dominant?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
You need to be more dominant towards Scout, if he is being aggressive you should grab him by the scruff of the neck and move him to a place where you can lay him down and hold him until he gives in; you may need to do this a few times for him to get the message. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Scout's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Treecutta
Pit
2
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

My boyfriend has a game breed pit/hyena that he has had since he was a few weeks old. I came along about a year ago. The dog constantly wants my attention. I pet him, feed him, and dance with him. Well, the last 2 nights the dog has been growling and lunging at my boyfriend chasing back into the truck the dog lets me pet and love him but not my boyfriend now. How do we break this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Your boyfriend needs to show dominance over Treecutta which can be difficult in these breeds (I am not so sure about a Hyena-Pit breed), I would strongly recommend speaking with a Behaviourist about this case as these kinds of cases can be tricky and a simple fix may not be enough. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Treecutta's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Oreo
Chihuahua
4 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Me and my aunt adopted this dog about a year and a half ago and we’ve never moved or have strangers around the house and when ever I come home he is always aggressively barking or trying to bark at me for no reason. He’s been doing this for more than a year now. I just don’t know how to make him stop barking

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Aggression is common in Chihuahuas, it is very important to punish bad behaviour; generally in a dog the size of a Chihuahua, restraining Oreo shouldn’t be a hassle and place him in a reclined position and hold him there until he stops try to get up. When he is on the floor, do not let him get up until you say; you only need to leave him there for a few minute and then tell him to get up then ignore him. Many people may disagree, but I have found it most effective in smaller dogs to the point where some dogs which know me will lay down automatically if they are bad when I am there. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Oreo's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Ocean
Jack Russell Terrier
5 Years
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression

Ocean was ran over by a car about 2 years ago. After that she's done a whole 360. When I talk to her she doesn't listen. She randomly attacks anyone who she thinks is about to hit her. She feels threatened by sudden movements. She's bit practically everyone in my family. She digs in the trash and when I'm about to take away w.e she took out she shows me her teeth and starts growling. She used to love affection from me now she doesn't even pay attention. I call her over she just ignores me or walks the other way. She only shows me attention when I have food in my hand. Besides that she doesn't listen to anyone, and is practically doing w.e she wants. When I put her on her bed she gets up or bites me. When I tell her "no" for any reason and walk towards her she'll feel threatened and tries to bite me. She doesn't like when I hold her. When i pick her up and put her down she growls and grunts.At this point I don't know what to do. Ive had her since she was a baby. And she means the world to me, I'll give the world for her, but I need a solution to her problem because I don't want to loose her. My biggest fear is having to put her to sleep

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Just like in humans, head trauma can cause personality changes; there is no set pattern or rule which it comes to head trauma and each case is different. I would advise consulting with a Behaviourist to see if they have experience with behavioural changes after head trauma; it is possible the event has made Ocean more defensive and suspicious. I cannot think of anything to do apart from behavioural training if it will work. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Are you sure Ocean can hear? I don't have much experience and nowhere near an expert but growing up, we had a small poodle mix that lived 21 yrs and due to aging or medical reasons (he suffered no tramua that we know of)lost vision due to cataracts and eventually all of his hearing. Barney had a kind and gentle disposition until that time. Losing his hearing was torturing for our dog who began to act much like the aggressive changes described in Ocean's bio. Just a thought.

Add a comment to Ocean's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Bella
Boston Terrier
7 Years
Moderate condition
-2 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Stare, growl and bark at me for no reason

I have two 7 yr. old Boston Terriers which are sisters out of the same litter. We've had them since they were 12 weeks old.
They are natured so totally different, Tori, who is very calm and submissive and Bella, who is a very hyper and she acts up a lot.
Tori caters to me because when we got her she had to have surgery on her nares to enlarge and resect her pallet. With that came numerous bouts of pneumonia and had to stay numerous times in the emergency vets hospital in oxygen cages and many different medications. But she is doing great after she hit a year and a half, thankfully.
All the time I was being Tori's caregiver, my husband was mostly with Bella. So she caters to my husband but all that being said, we both love and share in caring for both dogs and always had after Tori got over her surgeries and sicknesses.
Recently, let's say within the last 6-9 months, I can be in the kitchen making noise or not making any noise, and she will run to me and look straight at me and growl, bark and this past weekend she bit at my feet, w/o actually biting me. She also has been laying on my lap and she'll just jump down, w/o anything happening and look me in the eyes and growl and bark at me. Anytime this has happened, I would quickly confront her always with my hand at the nap of her neck with just a firm grip but of course not enough to hurt, I'd never hurt her and I never have! But even though I am scared I try not to let her see it or back away from her. She has NEVER been mistreated in any way or form. I am just really concerned about her behavior because it's so unlike her and it has come on quickly and with no reason.
She has check ups and vet visits on schedule, she's very healthy and has had blood work ups yearly. So I need to know what to do next. We're on a one salary paycheck for the 2 of us and our babies (Tori and Bella).
What, in your professional opinion, should be our next step? Oh yeah, the kennel we had been boarding her at since she was 2 years old when we went out of town, refuses to keep her anymore because the last time she was there she would lunge and bark wildly at any people and/or animals she would see. And she had never done that before. So we also either can't go anywhere or have to take her with us. I'm afraid to do that if we are around any other people or dogs. Please help!!! Thank you!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations

Sudden changes in behaviour like you are describing are usually attributable to a traumatic event which may have been trivial to you (if you were present) or sudden instances of pain (like pain in the spine) which she cannot explain herself and may blame on you. This would be more a behavioural problem than a medical problem; it may be worth speaking with a Behaviourist in your area to watch her around you and then to watch her when you’re out of the house to see the changes in her demeanour. When you grab the nape of her neck when you are ‘punishing’ or correcting her behaviour, it may help to further exert your presence over her by making her lay down and leaving her there for a few minutes until you tell her to move to re enforce the order of importance in the house; but a Behaviourist would be able to help you more. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

You said you thought it was a behavioral problem rather than a medical problem. But couldn't the suddenness of this type of behavior be possibly something organic in nature? Her whole demeanor has changed, especially if nothing different is going on or she'll be asleep on my lap and aggressively jump down, stare at me, growl and bark, while I was not even touching her nor was there any noise going on? Thanks again...

Add a comment to Bella's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Daisy
Chiweenie
3 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

My 3 year old chiweennie has been a biter since I rescued her from a shelter when she was 1 1/2 years old. Since treating her chronic ear infection, she was doing better but in the last week, she's bit me twice; once when I went to pet her, the other time when I was sitting next to her. I've tried meds but getting them down her is next to impossible. I have a 10 month old grandson and the thought of Daisy biting him terrifies me. I've tried about everything, but my husband says it might be time to put her down.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
This may be just a behavioural issue where you need to excerpt your dominance over Daisy by pinning her down to the floor which she tries to bite you, she is small enough that you should have no issues handling her. Most of the time, this will help control this behaviour but you should be always cautious with Daisy around your Grandson as animals have a mind of their own and even the best trained dog can go off the rails. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Daisy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

douggie
minnipin
5 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

why does my dog try to bite me when i try to remove him from my mother in law when she comes to visit he will also cry for her when she leaves and she only comes over like 1 times a month

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
It looks like Douggie really loves your Mother-in-law which is good in some points of view; I don’t know why he loves her so much, she may be giving him treats when you’re not watching. It seems strange that he is attached to her when she is an infrequent visitor unless she treats him or gives him a lot of attention (or has bacon in her pockets). From I medical point of view I do not know unfortunately; the bacon in the pockets and sneaking treats are from cases I’ve seen in the past. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to douggie's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Doyley
English Bulldog
9 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Biting, growling and barking

My 9 week old puppy keeps biting my feet and growling while he's doing it. He does it now as soon as he sees me and is becoming aggressive with it. I try to ignore him and I put my feet up but that does not stop the growling or barking

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
It is important to nip this in the bud as soon as possible whilst he is a pup (before he gets any bigger); you need to punish him by either placing him into lateral recumbency (lay on his side) and holding him there or holding him down with the scruff of his neck. You need to enforce that his is bad behaviour as this will only get worse if not corrected; consultation with a Behaviourist may be valuable at this early stage. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Doyley's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Roxie
Chihuahua terrier
4 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

aggressive
Biting
Growling

So I am fostering this chihuahua terrier. It's been about a week or two. She loved everyone she met and was so affectionate! But currently she is becoming aggressive towards familiar people and to strangers. She is overly affectionate with me and just loves me and I love her to death. Her previous owners just bred her then gave her away when they didn't need her. I have another dog with her that's my actual dog and she is a chihuahua terrier also. She does great with her. The dog I'm fostering is being aggressive and is growling and this is a new behavior for her. Whenever she is in my room and my roommates come in, she will grown. Regardless if we are walking or just sitting down, she will growl and this is new behavior I haven't seen from her. Why is she doing this? And what can I do to help stop it??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
There are many reasons for a dog to growl or attack people including familiar people, plus with her history you never really know what she has been through and believe me that puppy mills are worse when seen in person than on photos or videos. Anyway, we have a training guide on stopping Chihuahuas to growl and at the bottom you’ll see an area where you may ask a certified dog trainer a question. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/not-growl

Add a comment to Roxie's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Beverly
chihuahua mix with mini dovermen pincher
1 year and 9months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

barking
Attack barking
bites

I live with my mom, my dog just does not like her she has bitten my mom like 3 times. she is like that with other people and dogs. my children and I are the only ones she likes. When my mom tries to come into my room she barks at her and tries to attack her so my mom yells at her. My dog is not always like this some people can come over and she does nothing to them but if they move fast she will try to bite you. why does she do this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
It sounds like Beverly is protective of you and your children and sees your Mom and others as potential threats; you need to punish her initially when she exhibits this behaviour with your Mom taking over punishment when she has learnt the process. Punish Beverly by holding her on her side on the floor and don’t allow her to move until you say so; after you should allow your Mom to hold her down. Consultation with a Behaviourist may be valuable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Beverly's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Jaxson
Catahoula
4 Years
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

We have a catahoula who was a stray and just showed up at our house and never left. We have had him for 3 years now. We figured he must of been abused before he came to us because he is not a friendly or loving dog to anyone but me and my husband. When ever our grown kids come over we have to put him in the back yard. My husband was hospitalized for 3 days and had surgery for his broken wrists and had plates put in his wrists while there. After my husband came home the dog barks, growls and lunges at my husband. It has been 12 weeks since his surgery and the dog still doesn't like my husband. Today the dog let my husband pet him but as soon as he smelled his wrists he growled and got aggressive again. They were best friends before this happened. What do I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Dogs react to smell and they have a strong sense for it as well; I cannot say with certainty but Jaxxon may be smelling something on your husband (from the surgery) which is triggering a bad memory from his past, given his unknown history we don’t know what happen before you took him in. Slow introduction of the wrist to Jaxxon and showing him that there is nothing to be scared of may help, but ensure that Jaxxon doesn’t injure your husband. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Jaxson's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Poppy
English Bulldog
Four Years six months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

My English bulldog bitch is four and a half years old and I've had her from 16 weeks . Over the last few months she lunges at either myself or husband when out for her walks and tries to bite and no matter how much she is corrected she continues to lunge until she has worn herself out , she will then continue her walk ,a little out of breath, but basically as though nothing has happened.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
I think you need to be more stern regarding your correction and to take more time to enforce that this is unacceptable behaviour; also look to see if there are any triggers that occur just before an episode. It is difficult to say what the specific cause is and it is unlikely to be a medical issue; I would take more time correcting her and keeping her in one place before continuing on your walk. With this being a behavioural problem I would recommend you speak with a Behaviourist who would be able to observe this behaviour and give you first hand advice. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanks your advice was as expected. I find that the trigger for the behaviour is when anyone speaks to us as she rarely behaves this way until she hears us conversing with someone even if it's just hello .

Add a comment to Poppy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Mullett
Chinese Crested
6 Years
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression
Separation Anxiety

My girlfriend recently moved in with me. She has two dogs, both six years old and I have a cat. One is a blue merle great dane, the other is a very hairy hairless chinese crested. When I first started seeing her, I ignored the crested as per her instructions and the dog warmed up to me on his own terms. He loved me to the point where she bragged to her friends about it. She went away for a week once and I looked after her dogs, the crested started pooping on the floor in the house at every opportunity until she came home, then returned to normal. I disciplined him sternly by rubbing poop on his nose with the tissue at the site, talking sternly calling him a "bad dog" and putting him outside. No yelling or striking occurred. He started cowering a little, but nothing too serious. That was about two months ago.
He was a rescued dog, seized from a bad home at just under a year old. He was rehabilitated for a couple of months before my girlfriend was allowed to adopt him at about a year old.
Now he suffers from severe separation anxiety when she's not home, to the point if he's not in his crate he will pee or poop in the house and then hide away. When I touch him he screams and often will pee all over himself, me, and the floor until I can get him put outside. Recently he turned and bit me, drawing blood when I was attempting to attach his tether. I realize I had him cornered when he was screaming and he panicked and bit out of fear. I took part of the blame for that one.
My girlfriend will look after him most of the time, crate him when she's not home and I ignore him in an effort to maintain the peace in the house. But he's getting worse with me to the point where he will thrash around in his crate when I enter the room now. I have to put on frisk gloves to handle him, but he's fine when she's home and has trouble believing me when I tell the stories of his fear aggression towards me.
I suspect he's not accepting me as part of his pack and will not tolerate my dominance over him, plus his history has him mistrustful to start with. Add the separation anxiety for his rescuer into the mix and he's got a lot of issues. I don't claim to be an expert on dog handling but he can't be let go on like this. I don't feel safe living in a house with a nasty and dirty dog, and it shouldn't ruin an otherwise great relationship. I get along very well with the dane and she loves my cat. It's the crested that's being a real homewrecker. Physically his health is good, he's smart and exhibits very typical crested behaviour (very eager to please) when his regular master is nearby. What can we do to be responsible pet owners in this case?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
This is a very delicate issue, especially if your partner is not believing you when you tell her of what is happening; you may need to record what is happening, set up your laptop with the camera facing an area and just wait to record what is happening since you need your partner’s support for this. Consultation with a Behaviourist may be best, I wouldn’t recommend pushing the nose into the faeces but by all means show the faeces to the dog and then punish; forcing the dog to lay down on its side on holding it there is an effective way of showing dominance and is effective when done correctly (in my experience). If Mullett is otherwise healthy, get your partner on board and consult a Behaviourist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Mullett's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Nemo
Rhodesian Ridgeback
5 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Biting
Growling

My five month old Rhodesian has been a biter since he got home a couple of months ago. Despite care and training, this aspect is getting worse and, as he grows and gets stronger, I start to fear for his relation with my six year old daughter and elder parents (who are now afraid of him). Although exercise helps, he is recovering from surgery after having both back legs broken in a car accident. He’s medical condition is better, but only until a week ago he has been able to start his regular walks and he hasn’t been cleared for running or jumping. I am hopeful that with exercise, neutering and professional training he’ll get better but my local vet believes his “dominant and highly aggressive condition” might be above us as his caretakers and has suggested to start looking for alternative housing. When do I know I can’t deal with him? Are there any signs to look for before I have to make that (rather impossible) decision? Please help! I don’t want to give him up but I need to know that we will all be safe around him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
In a general sense if you cannot control him now, now is the time; there should never be a time when a dog is dominating over the other occupants in the house, especially the adults. I have seen too many (medically) healthy dogs put down because they had a history of attacking people and it was determined that they should be destroyed; it isn’t safe long term for your family or any other member of the public/other animals if you cannot control him. I would look into behavioural therapy sooner rather than later to see if you and your family members can control him, if not then alternative housing may need to be explored. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Nemo's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Sahlab
Griffon
1 year and 6 months
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Behabior issue
Aggression
Growling
sadness

I recently adopted a 1.5 years old griffon, he has been with me over a month now. We bonded well but he displayed food aggression a couple of times. A couple of weeks ago, he moved him (I think while sleeping) from one side of the bed to another. Since then, hell broke loose. He showed nothing but aggression only towards me. We consulted to vet who suggested rage syndrome but that was not convincing so we consulted a dog behaviorist who suggested that the dog gets very confused in certain situations = doesn't know what to expect. Based on his traumatic history the dog has plenty of reasons not to trust the world or people.
His reaction to the confusion: he assumes bad things and reacts in fear to show his discomfort. Goes for avoidance and usual warning signs before escalating to growling etc.
Unfortunately, it ended that he bite me and since then, I can not be around him anymore. We are avoiding contact, but every time he sees me he barks and tries to attack. Should I put him back again for adoption to start fresh?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
You could try building a relationship with Sahlab but this will take time and may still be unrewarding; being in his presence without acknowledging him or looking at him may be a good start, if he does anything don’t acknowledge him and slowly build up from there. If you want to place him up for adoption again, that is your decision but I feel this will only confuse him more; but it is your choice. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Sahlab's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Khloe
Beagle mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Showing teeth
Aggression.
Lunging

My 1 year old dog Khloe just recently starting showing her teeth and lunging at me and my roommates when we try to move her. She isn't in any pain as I have poked around, she just doesn't want to be moved. She is fully trained and this is so sudden. Two of us punish her when she does something she's not supposed to ie getting in the trash and the other one doesn't. I don't know how we can all be on the same page and treat her of this aggression. It only is with us. No one else has experienced any growling or anything.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations

This may be a case of Khloe trying to assert her dominance over you and your friends as you all live together; I find my own Yorkie will have a go every six months or so, you just need to show yourself as being the Alpha Female and that Khloe is the Omega Female. Physical restraint may be required in some instances, Behaviourists or your Veterinarian can show you how to do this safely; also check out a well known TV Show about dog behaviour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Khloe's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Lucy
Golden Retreiver
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Biting
Growling
Snapping teeth

My puppy is almost a year old and is generally very friendly and well behaved and does not show any aggression towards other people. However I have noticed she has started exhibiting food aggression in the last few months and there have also been a couple of incidents where she has bitten/threatened to bite me for no apparent reason.

The first time she showed aggression towards me was about five months ago when I was on a road trip with her. She was sleeping in the seat next to me and I had reached over to scratch her head and as soon as I touched her she growled at me and bit my hand. She bit my finger hard enough to draw blood and it was sore for the rest of the drive. The next time it haplened she was sitting at my feet and I reached down to scratch her head again and she started to curl her lip and growl a little so I corrected her and tried scratching her face and she snapped her jaws at me. It seems that she's fine with me petting/patting/massaging any part of her body, but she occasionally and unpredictably takes great exception to me touching her face, which I find very troubling.

I'm not sure if it's related, but a month or so before we went on the road trip where she bit me I had given her a lamb ear to chew on and my sister let her dog (an olde English bulldogge with some serious aggressive tendencies) into the room and the next thing I knew she had taken the ear and Lucy was standing in front of me with several deep gashes across her nose and gums from my sister's dog attacking her to steal the ear. I can totally understand her being traumatized from that and becoming food aggressive, but she didn't act like it bothered her that much at the time and I don't understand how that would make her randomly aggressive towards me touching her face.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
These types of behavioural issues can be difficult to understand the root cause of, you need to make sure that each time she snaps or shows her teeth you need to correct the behaviour and make a point of the correction. One technique to try (some people may disagree) is to feed her food and to walk up to her whilst she is eating and tell her to sit, once she is sat take a kibble or two and tell her to continue eating; if she reacts, correct the behaviour. It could be also that her face is now a sore spot for her and doesn’t like unexpected scratches since the injury; try scratching her back and work your way to the head to see if that makes a difference. There is most likely nothing wrong medically, but behavioural issues can be very difficult to treat; if it get very bad you should consult a Behaviourist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Lucy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Jack
Silky Terrier
9 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

barking
running
Growling,

My dog Jack has never really liked my husband. He acts aggressively towards him at seemingly random intervals, and then will be fine the next day. Typically, Jack will sleep in the living room and my husband and I will be in our office, which is attached to the living room. My husband will move his computer mouse or just adjust the way he is sitting and Jack will come running into the room, growling, barking and with his tail wagging. BUT this only happens when I am home. It never happens when my husband is alone with him. We have another dog who sometimes gets in between My husband and Jack, and will sometime herd him into his kennel when he acts like this.

He is also aggressive towards people entering the home and will growl and bark at them when they enter. We've dealt with this behavior by having him in a separate room until he has calmed down, and then let him out when he has stopped barking.

Thank you for your help!

Thank you for your help in advance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
It is important for your husband to correct the behaviour that Jack is displaying by punishing him, your husband has to show to Jack that doesn’t matter what happens it is not his business. When Jack plays up, your husband should place him on the floor and not allow him to move until your husband decides; this will take a few times but will get the point through. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Jack's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Ben
Yorkshire Terrier
15 years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

My 15 year old Yorkie has always growled, shown his teeth and sometimes lunged. My other Yorkie was the most placid loving little dog so they were polar opposites. We always just thought that was the way he was. We sadly lost our lovable
Smudge 5 days ago and my other
Dog ben’s aggression is becoming more apparent. I know he’s 15 so I am not holding out much hope to reform him but any advice would be gratefully received

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
It all comes down to discipline, Yorkies are easy to control and train when done properly; but given Ben’s age care must be taken not to stress him and changing a habit of a lifetime may take too long. When he shows signs of aggression, I would remove him from the room and place him somewhere else; also, placing him laid on the floor is another good punishment (I use on my own Yorkie once or twice per year - now he knows when he is bad and lays down on his own) and don’t let him up until you say so, I normally give it five minutes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Ben's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Woody
Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler)
4 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

My Australian shepherd puppy 4 months old gets aggressive towards me when out for walks by jumping up and biting me it comes out of the blue but once he starts I can’t stop him,it happens most walks now ,tried treats and clicker training don’t know what to do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
This type of behaviour can be difficult to control because you are in an outdoor environment and disciplining the behaviour isn’t as easy as if you were in your home. When the biting starts, you should try turning your back to Woody and stop engaging with him; after he stops you should ignore him for the remainder of the walk. If the biting is too aggressive and may result in you being injured, you should consult with a Behaviourist to take a walk with you to give you on the spot pointers on how to correct the behaviour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Woody's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Bellamy
Pointer mix
5 Years
Moderate condition
2 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nipping
Aggression
Showing teeth
Fear response
Growling

My dog has select aggressive behavior towards one of my roommates in particular. She can't walk into the room without him growling or moving away from her. This has bled into how he acts around me making him more prone to nipping and bearing his teeth when I interact and correct him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
There are numerous reasons why Bellamy may be having these issues with your roommate, but if he his being more aggressive when you are trying to correct his behaviour you need to double down and enforce your discipline even more. I know it can be difficult to do in dogs like Pointers but if you withhold attention after an incident, place him in another room (or crate) alone after showing him disapproval you may be able to get through to him. Behavioural issues can be difficult to change in dogs but you need to be stubborn, hard headed and never give in. If the issue continues, it may be worth consulting with a Behaviourist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 1yr old shitzu mix has been aggressive with my other two dogs when new toys are introduced. Also my Dad has been living with me for almost 4 years, now if my Dad comes into the room or walks by my dog she growls at him or if he makes a sudden move or even if he isn't doing anything at all. She has lunged at him a couple times. Why is this happening & how can I fix it so she doesn't bite him?

Add a comment to Bellamy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Rennie
Vizsla
10 Years
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression

Our 10 year old dog has always been passive and never aggressive. On two separate occasions over the past 6 months, when he was laying down, when I would try to hug him he snipped at me. Huggin gon him in the past was never an issue. Not drawing blood, definitely leaving red marks. Today, he actually bit me very aggressively in the face. Totally unexpected. Multiple punctures and actually split my lip. His appetite has not been normal; he may not eat until 2-3 in the afternoon. Some days he is hungrier than others. My main concern is that I have grandchildren ages 7,6, and 1 and I am now very uncomfortable having him anywhere the children. He has a few "fatty tumors" and bumps, although I'm not sure if this is relevant. He has always been my dog, well behaved and well trained. I cannot understand why he turned on me, afterward he jumps on the couch next to me and "paws" and tries to lick me. Any guidance would be appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Behavioural issues are never easy to resolve and if you have young grandchildren (or anyone who visits your home) it is all the more important to get this resolved; the lipomas (fatty tumours) should be causing any problems but there are some instances that if they are in a certain place they may cause discomfort for a dog. I would suggest having your Veterinarian give Rennie a once over to check for any medical issue, but you should be punishing Rennie’s bad behaviour and showing disapproval as well as withholding attention; consultation with a Behaviourist would be advisable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Rennie's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Oliver
Yorkshire Terrier
6 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

biting agression barking

Medication Used

none

We adopted a 6 year old Yorkie 2 months ago, he is a great little guy except for 1 thing. He started this about a month ago. He sleeps with us at night and in the morning when the 1st alarm goes off for my husband the dog is fine he just keeps sleeping with me, then when the 2nd alarm goes off for me, the dog barks aggressively and tries to bite me, he does this until I am out of the bedroom, then he is fine, no aggressive and his normal loving self. He also acts this way when anyone is leaving our house, once the door is closed behind them or us he is fine. and I know he is fine during the day because I have a camera set up and I can see that he is either looking out the window or sleeping with our other Yorkie who is 3yo.
what can I do to stop this behavior? especially the morning aggression?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
You need to punish this behaviour, picking him up by the scruff of the neck and then hold him on the floor until he calms down; once Oliver relaxes let go, if he moves put him back; once he stays where you left him, allow him to get up. When someone is leaving, tell him to stay in one place, if he moves pick him up and place him back where he was; be more stubborn than him, it isn’t an overnight fix but it is effective. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Oliver's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Nakita
Alaskan Husky
Almost 2
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

I have 2 Siberian huskys. A 4 year old male and a almost 2 year old female. She anyways has been the sweetest dog. She just got over her heat about 2 weeks ago. My husband and I separated them the best we could as soon as we realized she was in heat. When she was done with her heat we let them back together. She was her self and now all of a sudden she growls and tries to attack the male husky. Then she'll go up and submit to him after she tries attacking him. He just looks at her like she's crazy. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
It is not unusual for a female to be aggressive during her heat cycle and for sometime afterwards as it is an hormonal response which should clear up after a week or so after the end of her heat cycle. This issue could still be behavioural but it may be possible that there is something still causing an imbalance in hormones leading to this aggression; I would get her checked over by your Veterinarian to make sure there is nothing medically wrong (ovarian cyst etc…) then look at behavioural issues. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Nakita's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Chance
Australian Shepherd Dog
1.5 years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

My Australian shepherd (a rescue we've had for 5 months)is very protective of me. When my husband enters the room we are in he will sometimes bark. Last night I was in bed and the dog was in the room with me. When my husband came to bed the dog growled, barked at him. He is a wonderful dog but i fear he is to possessive/protective of me. He follows me everywhere. When my husband yells at him he is scared and will pea. When I'm not home there doesn't seem to be any problems.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
It is important for your husband not to yell, but to make Chance comply; you husband should try to gesture to Chance to go to the corner or to leave the room thereby exerting his dominance and hopefully Chance will not lose bladder control. Normally grabbing a dog by the scruff of the neck to take control may help, but I feel that the carpet will need cleaning afterwards. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Chance's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Cache
pit bull terrier
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression
Hyperactivity
Growling

I know pit bull terriers get a bad reputation, but Cache is a really sweet and loving dog. Recently my boyfriend got his CDL, and has been out training for 4 weeks now. I stay with his grandma, who lives with him, a couple nights a week to help her out. Well, a few times now his dog has growled at his grandma, who the dog lives with everyday, but he only does it when I'm there. He acts like he doesn't want her having anything to do with me. He has never growled at anyone before, when he growls he doesn't bare teeth. He just lowers his head. I'm not sure what has caused this behavior. He doesn't do it all the time. It's usually when she gets to close to me, or we are playing. I have no idea what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
There are various reasons for a dog to show signs of aggression towards a known family member, but it is important to stop this behaviour in its early stages than to let it get worse. When this growling sounds occurs you should tap Cache on the side of the shoulder and make an audible noise to snap Cache out of the behaviour. However, there is no one fits all approach to this problem, placing Cache into another room or in a crate when displaying this behaviour may also help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Cache's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Dudley
Basset Hound
3 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

My 3yr old basset hound is very aggressive towards family members and visitors. He has bitten us many times as well as friends. He is a very lovable dog but as soon as you enforce discipline or try to get him to do something he may not want to do, he attacks. Random attack’s can come out of no where and for no reason sometimes. I have taken him to trainers and he even bit her once. They all seem to agree it is a dominate issue. He thinks he is the boss and attacks anyone that threatens that. I’m at my wits end. My grandson lives with me and he lives the dog to death. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Dominance is an issues in many households and it can be difficult to get under control especially in a 40-60lb dog; enforcing discipline can seem like an uphill battle and numerous techniques can be employed but I would advise to speak with the Trainer you consulted before for her techniques for Dudley given his size and she has seen (and felt) him. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Dudley's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Duke
Rottweiler
7 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Biting

Background: Two dogs; 7 yr old male rottweiler and 8 yr old female pitbull. They were my ex boyfriends. He has owned them the rottweiler was 8 weeks old and the pitbull was a year old. I have been in their lives the whole time. Recently (4 months ago) he asked me to take the dogs as he could no longer care for them. I took them in. My current boyfriend moved in a week ago. Since then, the rottweiler has bitten me twice but not hard. Once when the boyfriend picked me up, he bit my foot. The next time we were hugging and he bit the back of my leg. Neither hard enough to leave a mark?

What do I do about this and why is he biting me?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
It is difficult to say why Duke is exhibiting this behaviour but you need to correct it by either moving him to another room or making a point of punishing him some way that you are able so that he sees his behaviour is not wanted. Each of these cases is different and there is no simple fix, persistence is key; if you have no success you should consult with a Behaviourist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Duke's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Mumbles
Shitzu/poodle
11 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Goes to bite and attack

Our 11 year old shitzu/poodle male (Mumbles) has suddenly taken to be aggressive to our cat who is 15 years old and has been with us from before we got our dog and our other dog who is a female shitzu/Maltese cross (Dolly). Dolly was my father's dog but has been with us over 5 years. We don't know what to do it is becoming a daily occurrence and becoming troubling as we don't know what to do. They always got along until the last couple of weeks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
It is difficult to say what the specific cause for the sudden aggression toward the cat is, it may be that there was a little scuffle between them that wasn’t witness which has lead Mumbles to be aggressive towards your cat. Each time there is an ‘event’ you need to grab Mumbles by the scruff of the neck and punish accordingly with a time out to show that this isn’t acceptable behaviour; if the issue continues you should consult a Behaviourist for first hand advice. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Mumbles's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Bug
Dachshund
1.5 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

aggression,

Recently my dachshund started to get aggressive with me. My husband and I have had him since he was about 10 weeks old and he's about a year and a half now. He has never been too keen on strangers but always loving toward my husband and I and other people once he got to know them. When he first started growling at me it was just a very light growl every now and then when I picked him up. I thought maybe I hurt him in some way and I'd always put him back down and tell him sorry. Within the past month his behavior has escalated very quickly. He started growling louder at me when I tried to pick him up, but when I left him alone he'd go about his business and usually cuddle up against my legs. The past 2 weeks or so, he's started growling when I even enter his general vicinity. He seems fixated on my every move, he's always staring at me and if I stare back at him too long he growls. The past week its been more of a snarl, and the past couple days he's actually started lunging at me like he's gonna attack me but my husband always grabs him. We put him in the kennel and I go sit next to him, tell him I love him and I wish he could tell me what's wrong. I'll stick my hand through the kennel and he'll roll over on his back to let me pet him. Then when he seems okay I'll let him out and he'll let me pet him a little. Then I go about my business and next time I see him he's growling again. This behavior is ONLY toward me, not my husband, sister, baby nieces or young nephews. However last weekend I was home alone the whole weekend and he showed no signs of aggression toward me.

There has been a change in our routines. Previously I stayed home and my husband worked 9-5. Its pretty much been that way since Bug was a puppy. But about 2 months ago I started school, so I've been either there or holed up in my room alone studying. The "light" growling started much longer ago than that, but the real aggression only started about a month ago. Also, I do discipline him when he marks things in the house. I don't shove his nose in it or anything I just bring him to the spot, point to it and tell him a firm "NO". I plan on making a vet appointment for him but any insight on this behavior would be truly appreciated. He is my baby and I love him and honestly it makes me so sad that he's acting this way toward me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations

Behavioural issues in dogs can be difficult to understand and like the great James Herriot book titles says “If only they could talk”; issues like this may occur due to changes in routines or events which Bug feels were traumatic but to us were everyday life. Many times there is not a medical problems but a behavioural one and it may be worth consulting with a Behaviourist as they will have more day to day experience in these matters that your Veterinarian (in general). When Bug growls at you, you should give him a timeout by laying him on the floor (should be relatively easy with his size) and not allowing him to move until you say so. Try to think back in more detail about what has happened in the past leading up to this aggression, it may have been something as silly as you stepped on his paw; it is really difficult to say. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My neighbors dog has always been an extremely sweet pit bull we feed him snacks thru the fence with permission usually he makes sure to be gentle and licks our hands but a couple days ago my daughter said he was being mean I thought nothing of it until last night we were feeding him a few leftovers he growled and bit the tip of my finger I'm sure something is not right but have no idea of what all I can do for the safety of myself and child is to stop feeding him help

Add a comment to Bug's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Maximus
Sheep Dog/Akita/staffordshire terrior
3 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

About 5 months ago, we rescued a severely abused pit/boxer mix. He is a very sweet boy and we brought him into our home with 3 other dogs. He has gotten along great with all the dogs, especially our 3 yr. old boy named Maximus (100 + lbs). He is almost obsessed with him. Max has been very tolerant of Quinn up until about a week ago. Out of no where, Max has been attacking Quinn. He is very dominant towards him and stalks him around the house. Quinn walks very wide around Max or he will go lay under the table to hide from him. If they make eye contact, Max will chase after him and Quinn runs. We have no idea what brought this on, but Max isn't like this with the 2 other dogs we have.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
It seems like Maximus is just making sure that Quinn knows his place which can be a difficult thing to control in a 100lbs dog; there is no medical problem here, the issue is purely behavioural and my require consultation with a Behaviourist or a Trainer to calm the tension between Maximus and Quinn. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Maximus's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Topper
Sprocker Spaniel
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Hello. My dog Topper is 10 yrs old. He has recently began showing a lot of aggression such as barring teeth, lunging, barking & attacking anything from thin air to actual dogs, of which I have 3 others. He has been living & getting along with them all (for years) until recently. He even does this in his sleep where he will come lunging out of his bed or kennel teeth baring full bore! We put him in a kennel @ nite (doors closed) just so he can rest in peace. If we snap our fingers, call his name, etc he snaps out of it & looks contrite but just does it again. His eyesight is fine, he’s a great mouser! Lol
What do you think?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
This either could be a medical issue (brain injury, vision issues etc…) or a behavioural issue; I would recommend you first visit your Veterinarian for a physical exam to get a clean bill of health before looking into behavioural therapy since medical issues may be easier to deal with than training in vain. Apart from showing disapproval of his behaviour and punishing him, there is little else I can recommend without examining him first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Topper's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Louie
Pitweiler
2 years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

My 2 year old Rott/Pit mix is normally so friendly and such a people person! Loves to play and gives kisses! Today, my uncle came over, started to pet him and he lunged and went to attack him! Not once but twice! Then ran under my kitchen table and when my little cousin tried to pet him under there, he went to attack her! Not sure why he did that?? Never has shown any aggression like that with anyone!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Unexpected aggression doesn’t have an easy answer and you need to take discipline very seriously to ensure that it doesn’t happen again; sudden aggression may be in response to pain or another stimulus which may include ear pain or neck pain. I would punish this behaviour when it occurs, but also visit your Veterinarian to determine if there is a medical issue for the cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Louie's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Molly
Pit bull lab
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

I have a 1yr Old pitbull/lab and all of sudden today she starts trying to bite my five year old boy can u please tell me what I can do to fix this and why this is happening

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
There is no specific reason why this is happening; it may be just behavioural, your child has been (unintentionally) taunting your dog or many other reasons. It is important that you nip this in the bud as fast as possible and given the breed and size of the dog I would highly recommend you consult with a trainer as soon as possible to help as there are many different approaches and you should see what specific advice they have for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Molly's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Yams
Chihuahua/dauchsund
3 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

We have had our dog Yams (Chihuahua & dachshund) since he was 3 months old. He is now 3, his behavior is really aggressive towards people in general, but it has gotten worse towards the family. He has bitten my daughters. We love him so much and he is very affectionate towards us but there are times that if one of us is with him and another family member approaches he will growl, bark, and sometimes lunge.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
You need to use a strong hand with Yams, pick him up and place him in a specific place on the floor laid down and hold him there until he doesn’t more or want to stand up, if he moves you should grab him and place him back (same goes for all members of the family); once he has laid down in one place not moving for five minutes you should let him get back up but don’t show affection for an hour or two. Repeat as necessary. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Yams's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Charlie
Poodle x Shih-Tzu
4 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

He there. We adopted a little dog (Poodle/Shih-Tzu cross) a little over a year ago. He hadn't quite turned 3 but had been in 4 different homes before us. Aggression towards other dogs was one of the main reasons he had been re-homed. My husband and I have no children or other dogs and live on a large acreage. For the first 9 months, Charlie was a perfect little man. He was affectionate and loving and showed no aggression. My husband was diagnosed with cancer earlier this spring, and I have seen major changes in the dog, mostly towards me. I took him immediately to the vet to rule out any medical issues. He has become very aggressive and protective, to a point where he will lunge at me if I get anywhere near my husband. He sleeps with us, and last night when I crawled into bed, he lunged at me and drew blood. I grabbed him by the scruff and pinned him to the ground until he stopped squirming. When I released him, he lunged at me again. I gave him a time-out in the bathroom for 10 minutes and we made him sleep on the floor. I really don't understand this sudden aggression. I have been loving and gentle with this little dog since the day I brought him home. Short of canine behavior therapy, do you have any ideas?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
It was a good initial step visiting your Veterinarian to rule out medical causes for behavioural changes; however, apart from doing what you are currently doing (pinning him to the floor and giving time outs) there is little else that can be done apart from trying to understand the changes in aggression and to look for any specific triggers. Look at your husband's treatments, are there any creams or ointments that Charlie may be absorbing from your husband? I’ve seen similar symptoms with testosterone cream in the past. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

No, my husband isn't using any creams. He does have an ostomy bag (hopefully temporary) and goes for chemo treatments every two weeks. He gets 3 hour treatments and is hooked up to an external pump for 3 days, 24/7. The dynamics in the household has changed some, as my husband is very depressed and angry (as am I). We are also sleeping in different rooms due to his discomfort. We argue more, but Charlie has become very protective of my husband and has put me at the bottom of the pack. (He also usually sleeps with my husband in the bed). The problem is, I think he's picking up on my husband's increased aggressive behavior towards me (whether intentional or not). I am wondering if behavior therapy would benefit Charlie at this time, and should it be something that both my husband and I attend. As initial stated, the little guy was bounced around alot before he came to us, and I won't re-home him again. It's just not fair to Charlie. We love him so dearly, but I can't risk his aggressive behavior forever and I will euthanize him before we all suffer, especially Charlie.

Add a comment to Charlie's experience

Was this experience helpful?

browny
Cocker Spaniel
8 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

growls a long time
takes a while calm down
pupils dialate
Depression

my dog (8)is getting very aggressive lately. He is more aggressive towards kids. just recently he has biten my brother(13) twice and almosg bit me(15). i am scared of him now, it just comes out of no where. im scared that when family come to thanksgiving my 1year old cousin will get bit. we arent sure what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
This may be due to either a medical issue or behavioural issue; it is important to have your Veterinarian check him over in case these outbursts are due to pain or something else. If the cause is behavioural, you need to start punishing this bad behaviour with time outs and withdrawal of affection; if you are having difficulty it may be worth consulting with a Behaviourist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to browny's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Zena
Rottweiler
1.5
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

My 2 year old Rottweiler has started to snap, growl, and try to bite my mom, sister,and mom when we try to put her in her cage. What is the cause of this? she didn't start doing this until we got rid of our Basset hound and now sh is very aggressive when we put her in her cage help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
It can be difficult and scary to correct issues like this in a dog like Zena, this most likely be a behavioural issue and it may be that she is lonely without your Basset Hound. This all comes down to training and keeping on top of things which is difficult in a dog Zena’s size (she isn’t a Yorkie you can easily pin to the ground). I would suggest speaking with a Behaviourist as I don’t want you to try something and injure yourself. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Zena's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Jasper
1/2 German short hair pointer 1/2 Tennessee walke
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Nipping
NotListening
Not listening
Not obeying commands
Growling

My 1 year old 1/2 German short hair pointer and 1/2 Tennessee walker is very loving playful dog. But over the last two weeks he has started to show teeth when I go to move him off the bed. He growled and tried to bite me when I made him get out of a room he wasn’t allowed in and he even got very aggressive towards my boyfriend over taking away food he had got out of the trash (who he always obeys) I don’t know where this is coming from and I’m concerned it will end up getting worse if it’s not fixed immediately but I also don’t have money for special training and therapy. What can I do? Would Neutering help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Neutering may help, but dogs will occasionally try to climb up the power ladder in the home; you need to make sure that Jasper knows his place in the home. Punishment by moving him to another room or outside, withholding affection, placing him in his crate, or even holding him firmly by the scruff of the neck and pushing down slightly can also have an effect. There are many ways to sort this out, but you need to find what works for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Jasper's experience

Was this experience helpful?

buddy
Irish Wolfhound
2
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Our family dog is friendly and wags its tails to strangers when approached and is fine with unfamiliar dogs and is well trained. He lives in a caravan park but only has a problem with 1 dog in the park, and has only ever ran out twice to go straight to this dog and it bites on its leg and does not leg go. he showed symptoms of fear afterwards and we can't understand why it has a problem with this 1 dog, unfortunately the owner of the other dog started to walk past our cabin with the dog setting off our dog quite frequently and as a result, our dog will be getting put down. what can i do to stop this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
This is a true behavioural issue which we will not be able to fully understand, it is important to try and keep Buddy calm when the dog is walking past your cabin but if you are at the point of Buddy being put down I would highly recommend speaking with a Trainer or Behaviourist as soon as possible to see how Buddy behaves and give you first hand tips since time isn’t on your side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to buddy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Homer
German Shepherd collie mix
1 and a half year old
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Snaps, showing teeth, growling

How do I help my dog? To become less aggressive to me and my dogs. We adopted him when he was 1yr old and 3months. We brought him home (not knowing his aggression) and he was nice for a few hours then he started to show him teeth at us when we try to play with him and then when we let our dogs around him he protects his toys and if they even look at him he growls at them and us. Plz help bc he isn’t getting any better even when we tryee with treats (hot dogs)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Be careful with the amount of hotdogs that you give to Homer as the level of salt and nitrates can be dangerous for this health; as far has his aggression goes, it is difficult to give specific advice as there are many different techniques to try and given his breed I don’t want you or your dogs to get hurt. In these cases, consultation with a behaviourist would be useful to get some specific advice after observing Homer. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Homer's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Blitz
Pitsky
11 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nipping
Pouncing
Biting
Jumping
Growling

Why is my puppy getting more aggressive towards me? I have only had him for 2.5 weeks. He's still a puppy but is being a big bully and won't stop being aggressive towards me, whose his caretaker and my boyfriend who is his second caretaker.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Some puppies will try to assert their dominance in the household once they arrive so it is important for you to give a firm hand from the beginning; at this age and weight you should be able to safely restrain Blitz by lying him on the floor on his side (make sure all four legs are pointing the same direction). When you have him on the floor, keep him there until he doesn’t move; get up but if he tries to move place him back, it is battle the first few times but you are showing your dominance over him. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Blitz's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Baloo
Chow Chow Pit Bull Terrier mix
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Light biting
Spontaneous aggression
Jumping and scratching

We adopted Baloo, a Chow Chow/Pit bull/Terrier mix about a month and a half ago. When we were in the process of adoption, we were told that he was docile and low-energy for a dog his age. For the first few weeks, he was, but recently he has unprovoked episodes where he will growl, open and close his mouth, run around recklessly, jump, scratch, and bite me. They last a few seconds to a minute before he calms down. Should I be concerned about this and seek professional help or is this behavior normal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
The articles below mention Rottweilers but the principles are the same for any large dog, try to follow the steps in the article to see if you notice any improvement; at the bottom of the article you see a section where you may ask a certified dog trainer a question for better insight into this aggression. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-rottweiler-to-not-be-aggressive https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-rottweiler-puppy-to-not-be-aggressive

Add a comment to Baloo's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Kane
Cane Corso Italiano (Italian Mastiff)
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Biting

My dog has become very aggressive and attacks/bites family members feet for no reason. He will grab your foot and start biting and won’t let go. He is not provoked- you just walk past him to leave and he pretty much attacks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
It is very important that you correct this behaviour which may be done is various ways: grabbing the scruff of his neck and pushing down, dragging him and placing him outside or in another room (or crate), otherwise you should consult with a Behaviourist about this as this is most likely not a medical issue and needs to be corrected accordingly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Kane's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Athena
RottyXBullmastiff
8 years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

My spayed female got a dental cleaning and some small bumps removed (lumpectomy) about a month ago. Her suture sites are healed and the hair is growing back. She has been a bit "snappy" with my husband and I when we go to remove her collar or touch her legs; ever since the surgery. She hasn't ever snapped at us before and this sudden behaviour change is puzzling to me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
It is difficult to say what the specific cause is here since after a month there should be no sensitivity to her neck area; I cannot think of any specific reason why this would be happening after the surgery especially around her legs. I would have your Veterinarian give her a once over to make sure there isn’t something else affecting her causing her to be sensitive. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Athena's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Lucky
Terrier mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Medication Used

tramadol, carprofen, cefpodoxime

I adopted lucky at around 6 months of age. Shortly after I found out she needed knee surgery. After waiting 6 months I decided to get the surgery for her. She had the surgery almost a week ago now. Upon bringing her home she’s shown some aggression towards me. I’ll be petting her head (no where near her bad leg) and she’ll screech really loud and lung at me. And then hours after this she’ll glare at me and show her teeth when I get near her. This doesn’t happen every time I pet her either. Some times I’ll be petting her and she’s totally fine and showing signs she’s enjoying it, and other times these incidents happen. I know it’s not because of pain because she’s on pain meds and I never touch her anywhere near where the surgery was done. I know she probably has trust issues, but is this behavior normal for 5 days post surgery? Could it possibly be because of the medication she is taking?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
There are various causes for this behaviour and it is not easy to say whether it is the leg, the medications or another cause; whilst she is on pain relief, she may still feel the odd shot of pain if sat a certain way since she is only five days post surgery. It is important to not give her a free pass with these episodes and correct the aggression immediately; I wouldn’t imagine that the medication would cause this aggression. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Lucky's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Gimli
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
2
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

My dog is a two-year old Corgi. For the past year, every time we go to put him outside he will grab our pant leg and pull and sometimes he actually bites our legs or ankles trying to grab out pant legs. I know he wants us to go out and play with him and we do play with him every day but EVERY time you have to put him out he does this. If you pick him up and put him out he doesn't do it. I've tried taking out a treat and making him sit and that works once in a while but not always. I have to occasionally have someone come over to let him out and I'm worried he's going to bite someone. He will bite at your hands if you try to grab him too once he is out on the back porch. It is like he refuses to go out unless you go with him. If my other dog goes out with him, he usually goes out fine, but sometimes even then he will try to pull you out the door with him. I've considered not playing in the back yard at all with him anymore. We usually play when we go walk at te track every day. He gets plenty of exercise every day as I walk him one mile daily at the track and throw his toy for him the whole time we are walking.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
This type of behaviour is more annoying than anything else and isn’t done through aggression as such, you need to correct this behaviour by tapping his shoulder with your other foot (don’t kick) to protect your hands to to get him to snap out of it. There is no real quick fix for these issues, but constant correction should give the desired effect overtime. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Gimli's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Ruby
pitbull
5 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Snarl

Hi my 5 year old pitbull Ruby has lately been snarling at me, we have a good relationship and she’s never done that to me before but every weekend she goes over my parents house and sleeps over. She’s able to go on the couch and my sisters bed over there but at my house she’s not allowed on the furniture but she has her own bed. The past few times i would go pick her up from my parents house she would snarl at me. Is it because she doesn’t want to leave? My mom often jokes and says oh no Mom is coming to get you and says they don’t want to leave, is this a possibility that my dog is snarling because my mom is making it a big deal about leaving?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Behavioural issues are never simple to resolve, I don’t think your Mother is having an effect on Ruby unless she is getting her excited and then you’re taking her away from the excitement. The issues are really case by case and apart from enforcing practices in basic dog training I cannot recommend anything else; try to get your Mother to calm down and be passive during these pickups, especially if Ruby is only aggressive during this time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Ruby's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Dexter
Yorkie Jack Russell cross
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

We have a two year old Yorkie Jack Russell cross. He is great all day ..comes when called,walks well on a lead and is polite when meeting other dogs and people. However when he is sleepy and sitting on his mat and my husband enters the room he growls with his ears back and we can see the whites of his eyes. If my husband moves further into the room he sometimes runs towards him and bares his teeth and has got as far as biting his leg through his jeans on one occasion.
We have tried gentle reassurance.....it's ok Dexter......and at other times we've tried loud shouting but haven't found a solution which works consistently.
After he bit my husband we put him in his crate and ignored him. When he was allowed out again he was very submissive and respectful to my husband but after resettling on his mat the behaviour began again when my husband left and reentered the room. Dexter doesn't growl at me. I am his primary carer

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Your husband needs to show dominance over Dexter, when Dexter behaves like this your husband should holding him by the scruff of the neck and lay Dexter down and hold him there until Dexter stops moving; once Dexter has submitted to your husband, your husband should leave him there for five minutes (if Dexter stands up your husband should place him back and start the clock again), after five minutes your husband should call him to stand up. If this issue continues, you should consult a Behaviourist to help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello, we have a chocolate lab. He is 2 1/2 years. Recently he has become aggressive towards my husband to the point that he can not even get close to his kennel at times.. Yesterday as I was petting him he started growling at me, when I would stop he would stop .. Then I put him back in his kennel and he looked at me as if he was angry and started growling at me once again.. He had never done that before yesterday.. It worries me because we 've had him since he was a puppy and we do have our 4 year old son and we would like to prevent any tragedies from happening.. We called the Vet that we normally take him to and he said it's not rabies he has his shot.. He said from the way my husband explained it that it was a behavioral problem and that normally he would not suggest it right off that bat unless it was serious but that maybe the best thing would be to put him down... I really do not wish to resort to that unless we had no other option and/or choice... please advise

Add a comment to Dexter's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Duke
Chocolate lab
2 years 1/2
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

aggressive behaivor

We have a chocolate lab he is 2 years and a half and all of a sudden became aggressive towards my husband first .. Duke jumped at him to bite although he didn't get him he did leave bite holes on his shirt. Ever since my husband just standing next to his kennel Duke growls at him.. Then yesterday I was petting him out side and as I was petting him he growled at me. When I stopped petting him he would stop and when I would do it again he would start again so then at that point I told him to get into his kennel and once I closed the door he looked up at me as if he was angry and started growling at me once again .. We have a 4 year old in the house and really want to try to get a handle on this before it gets even worse.. The Vet that we have always taken him suggested that it was a behavioral problem that neutering him would not make a big difference, that he normally doesn't suggest it right away like this but that he thinks the best thing would be to put him to sleep.. but I don't just want to resort to that unless we really have no other option and/or choice.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
This is a behavioural problem and there is no quick fix, giving Duke timeouts in other rooms or in a crate may help; but if your Veterinarian has given you the option of euthanasia I would highly recommend you consult a Behaviourist to help Duke and to help you control him better before Duke injuries your husband, yourself or your child. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Duke's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Mickey
Mut
8 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Shivering
Aggression
Lethargy

My puppy is about 8 months old and has only ever expressed aggression when she is woken up out of sleeping or when you try and move her from a comfortable spot. However today, she all of the sudden became aggressive and began growling loudly and snapping. She retreated under the wood stove and continued to growl and be aggressive. She had calmed down but now is acting very strange and lethargic. She is just sitting in her bed and wont respond. She is shivering (but that could be because it is cold) however it was also happening inside so I don't know if it is a symptom. She ate some food earlier so has not lost her appetite. I am worried she is in pain or had some illness. However I am living in a foreign country with no good access to veterinary care easily. Please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
It is difficult to determine an underlying cause, however most causes of this type are due to aggression and poor control when it comes to training; you need to take a more stern hand with Mickey and correct behaviour when growling occurs. There is no secret to it, you can either place Mickey in a different room, a crate or make him lay down in a specific spot (naughty corner). Whilst you may be abroad, you should try to reach a Veterinarian for a general check to look for any signs of pain or discomfort. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Mickey's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Rosco
Rottweiler pitbull sharpe
2 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bark growl teeth chomping

My dog just recently started bark/growl and chomping teeth but not trying to nip at my roommate and my sister (once to both of them so far) and I don't understand why. When he did it to my sister he actually ran towards her as he did that when she was coming out of the bedroom. A few hours later my roommate was petting and talking to him which he was fine with and was snuggling up to her then all of a sudden bark/growl at her and chomped his teeth.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Sudden episodes of aggression can be difficult to pinpoint a reason for, especially if a dog is ordinarily calm; behaviour, pain, noises among other causes may lead to a sudden sign of aggression. You should punish this behaviour by giving both a verbal ‘no’ and by placing Roscoe in a crate or another room as well as withholding affection for a few hours. If this behaviour continues you should visit your Veterinarian to determine if there is any medical issue (pain) and consult a Behaviourist to get to the bottom of this before it becomes a bigger problem. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Rosco's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Murphy
Doberman Pinscher
7months
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

We have a seven month old Doberman, not our first. Have had them lifelong. We got him from a breeder at the age of 7 weeks...early on we notice he would snarl if he was displeased with something. We have practiced training, he is very smart and knows his commands. His temper still seems to be an issue. We have also added a pinch collar for control when walking, it has effectively worked, a muzzle for nipping once again when he is not pleased with something. He now fights when trying to put the muzzle in place. He travels with us regularly for business and has recently took up nipping when we try to leave the vehicle which is becoming a problem. We purchased a training collar to deter this behavior. It work excellent for two weeks, now when you apply the zap instead of the tone he turns and snarls and snaps, recently biting a few times. I am at a loss as to what to do with him at this point since he has resorted to this behavior. He is not neutered but has an appointment on the 26th for the surgery...Any immediate advice would be greatly appreciated!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Behavioural issues are always difficult to manage especially in breeds like Dobermans, it seems like you’ve taken quite a few of the normal steps that I normally recommend plus others as well (like the zap collar); at this point I would recommend consulting with a Behaviourist as it is going to need some targeted training, possibly with a boarding to get this resolved. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank You Dr. Turner, we were leaning in that direction and with your supportive advice will seek a licensed behaviourist. Much Appreciated!

Add a comment to Murphy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Pooh
Chihuahua
5 Years
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Growling, biting, showing teeth

My dog is nipping towards my family. Nipping towards my son when he is playing and my husband when he told him to get down off couch. Can not take toy or food away from him without him showing his teeth. Tell him to get out of garbage and he shows teeth then nips. He is getting bad and i worry for my childs safety. He has already nipped at my son, spouse, and myself. I dont know what to do. Im starting to get scared of my own dog.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations

Training and changing behaviour can be difficult, especially in older dogs as old habits can die hard. It is always best to consult with a Canine Behaviourist, but at home you can try to show dominance and not be be scared when he nips or shows his teeth; Pooh will sense that you are scared of him which will just allow him to think that this is acceptable behaviour. The best punishment is ignoring him and placing him in timeout (like putting him in the utility room for a period of time), but remember to praise good behaviour. Some people exert their dominance over their dog during aggressive behaviour by holding them on the floor until they accept that you have control over them, they shouldn’t stand until you tell them; this can be difficult to do correctly, but it effective over time. Each situation is different which is why Veterinarians recommend consulting a Behaviourist to see the situation and to teach cues to correct the behaviour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I recently split with my ex and our dog is back and forth between our houses, he has become aggressive towards me and I haven't done anything to provoke it. Help

WE adopted a mini dachshund/terrier from our local pound. Yes it is a euthanize shelter. He only weighs about 12 lbs but is very moody and is not happy if you try to get him to do something he does not want to do.He is attached to my husband at the hip, but I am persona non grata unless my husband is not at home. If he is in a place he does not want to be moved from he growls, shows his teeth and yesterday he bit me, just barely breaking the skin. WE do love him, but we know nothing about his past. He is probably about 3 years old. I am afraid of this dog and he knows it. He also picks fights with our other little sweety- also a no kill shelter pet. WE need to take them for training for issues such as running off when we let them out; we live in the country, but this aggressive behaviour is really getting to be an issue. Today Doug said he just might be a mean dog and we should put him down. Even though I have never had a dog that bit and am not comfortable with this dog we both find that solution repulsive. I think he is bi polar.! HELP! Thank you

Add a comment to Pooh 's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Darla Lou
chawennie
7 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Medication Used

none

My dog only gets aggressive at night when she is in her bed. she is losing her sight. but this started after she had been lost and was on the street for 2 days and nights.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Behavioural problems are difficult to treat, you should try to keep Darla Lou calm and reassure her that she is safe at home. There is (most likely) nothing wrong medically but it may take her some time to calm down after the to day trip outside. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Darla Lou's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Zeke
Great Pyrenees
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression

My dog just experienced his first seizure. Afterwards, before he could get up, he was fine. I could pet him, and comfort him. Now he sits in a corner barking and growling at everybody. He rarely stops. He's been doing it for over 20 minutes now. We tried to leave him alone for awhile while he calmed down, but he just kept barking. We tried giving him water and throwing him treats, but he doesn't want anything. Our other dog whining didn't help him, so we took that dog outside. We need advice on what to do with him. Thank you so much,
Zeke's Owners

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
If Zeke just had a seizure, the whole process would be traumatic for him and he may become very defensive afterwards because he doesn’t understand what just happened. The period after a seizure is called the postictal phase and some dogs may be disorientated, show strange behaviour, salivation, defecation, urination among other signs; reassurance is the best method to employ at home, but you would need to have Zeke checked over by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi, our rescue dog is 15 yrs old.Adopted him 7 yrs ago. Was calm, well behaved and loving towards me&my husband. Started biting my husband for no reason. We dont know why. Dog is getting, blind, deaf and might be in pain. Vet said old dogs can become aggressive cos of desorientation, pain etc. Did I cause his aggressive behaviour towards my husband? I love the dog very much and let him sleep in my bed sometimes. Dog bit my husband when dog was in my bed and husband wanted to stroke him, dog also bit him when he lifted him up (for various reasons e.g to put him in the car-he cant jump very well etc). My husband works PT and looks after dog so why is he biting him? He bit him 5 times in the last 4 months but never before. Pls help.

Add a comment to Zeke's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Forrest
Dachshund
5 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression
Lunging
Biting
Shaking

My 5 1/2 miniature Dachshund who is hold a dominate position in my family (for 5 years it was just him and I and let him do whatever, mind you, he is very well trained; house broken, knows commands, well behaved, social ..I am trained too if you look at it by giving into his demands without realizing this for the longest time).
My boyfriend steps in and the dog was the same until a few weeks ago. I know he is being challenged for his position and my BF thinks yelling and showing assertive, violent dominance will cure this behavior. I know it will not. My BF is anxious bc the dog has already bitten and chased him around the kitchen and he blames me for this behavior. While it is my fault my dog holds a dominate status, it is my not my fault for his aggressiveness. Please help me help my family. I am also 5 months pregnant and I am sure this has something to do with his behavior change.

PS. When my BF enters the room my dog starts to shake and hides behind me. He acts terrified. How do I calm him down? I can't just ignore all of this forever.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for contacting us today about Forrest. It would be best to consult a behavioral trainer for Forrest as soon as possible. It sounds like he and your boyfriend just aren't communicating with each other well. I'm not sure what you mean by 'violent' dominance, but if there is a chance of Forrest being abused, he needs to be away from your boyfriend. The fact that you have a baby coming in 4 months makes this more important to get resolved, soon. Your veterinarian can recommend a trainer for you, it would be best to have someone that comes into your home and works with you Forrest, and your boyfriend in the home environment. I hope that everything gets resolved soon, as Forrest just sounds frustrated and scared, from your email.

Thank you for responding! I mean violent as in popping him when he growls or snaps (he knows right from wrong, the dog).
I know dogs feed off of our energy and perhaps my BF is not being calm and assertive as he may believe he is. My next step was to take him in and make sure there aren't any underlying health issues. When he is calling Forrest and Forrest ignores him, my BF looks at me for guidance and all I can assume is that Forrest knows my BF is insecure of his own energy.

It just happened all of a sudden and since the first growl my BF has been insecure (unknowingly) about it and I assume this is why Forrest's unwanted behavior has magnified.

Add a comment to Forrest's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Briggs
Retriever
10 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Growling

We rescued our dog from the animal shelter about four months ago. He is now 10 months old, and is typically a good dog. Recently he has been picking up poop that other people have not picked up. When going to get the poop from his mouth he growls and some times snaps. What can we do to help stop this? Also, he is extremely protective over his nails, and when we take him to get them cut he growls, bites and becomes overall aggressive to the point that we can not cut his nails. Is there anything we can do to stop this? He’s a great dog 90 percent of the time, but for these few instances we really need help!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your question. He is a young dog, and this is the time that you want to make sure to nip this behavior in the bud. If he is showing aggression when you try to take away things that he thinks are his, whether it is food, poop, or toys, it would be very wise to get some behavior training for him - it would be a good idea to have him examined by your veterinarian first, if you haven't, to make sure that he doesn't have an underlying health problem with his nails or otherwise, and then start training with a behaviorist - your veterinarian will be able to recommend a good one in your area for you!

Add a comment to Briggs's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Bailey / Baxter
Great Pyrenees
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Trembling
Fighting with dogs
Whining

I have two 28 month old Great Pyrenees - brother and sister. They are LGD. Baxter is neutered, Bailey is not. As of the past 48 hours they have started fighting, Bailey in particular being the one to start it. (There's growling, snarling, and biting.) (Neither of them are aggressive with us and have never been - in fact I can (cautiously) break up their fights without them growling at me or anything.)

As of yesterday, when I break up a fight and separate them, Bailey lays down at my feet and starts trembling and whining uncontrollably. (Which is super strange. She never does this!) I'm pretty sure she is on her cycle, which might be the answer to her mood swings, but I am still unsure. On her previous cycles she just lays around and sleeps a lot more, not act aggressive.
Baxter acts completely like himself around me after I break up a fight, though he's been trying to avoid Bailey and acts super cautious around her. If he gets too close, she'll start growling at him.
For the record, they do occasionally fight - but almost always over being protective of their food - and they get over it quick.
Also, Bailey I know is the alpha of the two even though she's a lot smaller, and she does have a record for being slightly more aggressive and independent.
Last question: should Bailey be spayed? Thank you in advance!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. My initial reaction is definitely to have Bailey spayed. There can be many very complicated causes for aggression in dogs, but hormonal reasons are at the top of the list. I'm not sure that you won't need to get the help of a trainer if things continue to escalate, but I feel sure that you won't have success stopping this behavior until Bailey is spayed.

Add a comment to Bailey / Baxter's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Happy
Crossbreed
3 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Showing teeth
Biting
Angry
Growling

Hello Doctor, I am from Nepal. My dog is almost 3 years old. He was very good dog (He was playful and use to play with children)when he was 2 years but recently he has become so aggressive. He have bitten almost all of my family members and guests at my home. He always growls at my brother. He use to become so happy whenever we use to come home from outside but now he do not respond at all. He comes to me and lie over. I will scratch his back but in a couple of minutes he shows his teeth. I do not know why he shows this kind of behavior. I am really tensed about him

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Without examining Happy I cannot say what the cause of the aggression is (medical or behavioural); there is no quick answer or solution to these issues but you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to rule out any medical cause but you may need to consult with an Animal Behaviourist to resolve any behavioural issue, I don’t know the market for these services in Nepal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Happy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Daisy
Mini Yorkshire Terrier. In
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Snapping and biteing family

I have a 5 year old mini yourshire terreir we didn’t know when we got her that she had come from a dog farm she was very ill when we got her , then at 1year she had her joint in her back leg out it was diseased ,. she was fine up to six moths ago now she eats everthing in sight even the cat food and still begs for food , she snaps at all the family she would come and sit on my lap and I would stroke her then she would snap and when I tried to put her down she would bear her teeth and bite. she goes mad at my ironing board when I put it up if I use the hoover she goes for that if I emty the bins she goes beserk and jumps up to bite. Some times my grandchildren come and if they go to touch her she snaps at them . We would tell her no bite and she would come and lick you as if to say sorry, but she doesn’t do that anymore . She has broken the skin on me and some of my family l don’t know what to do . Kathleen

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. With her unknown history, we don't know where she learned her manners, or what she went through before you found her. It seems her first instinct when scared or threatened is to bite, and that will take some training to change. I would first have her examined by your veterinarian to make sure that she isn't in pain and snapping because of that, and if she seems healthy and comfortable, your veterinarian can recommend a trainer to work with her and your family in your home, to identify her triggers and teach your family how to avoid them. It sounds like you love her much, and will be able to work with her. I hope she does well.

Add a comment to Daisy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Maya
German Shepherd/ Boxer Mix
2 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hiding
anxiety
Crying
Shaking

I have a 2 year old German Shepherd/ Boxer mix named Maya. She began to express some mild aggression and anxiety towards my new boyfriend several weeks after they initially met. Her behavior has gotten so bad that he can't even walk past my dog without her crying and running away. She won't leave the security of her kennel at night and often times won't eat or drink without being able to physically see me. She has to be by my side at all times. I don't understand what has triggered this as this was not an issue before. He is not aggressive towards her or my other dog. Maya's behavior has started to affect my smaller dog Peanut as well. They will hide together in the kennel. I am not sure what to do. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your question. If you are sure that neither of your dogs are in danger, than it would be a good idea to have some training for Maya. She does sound quite scared for some reason, and I unfortunately not able to diagnose anything over the internet. Your veterinarian will be able to recommend a good trainer to work with her, and hopefully ease her anxieties. I hope that she is okay.

Add a comment to Maya's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Harley
Poodle
1 Year
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

We are getting a 1 yr old poodle from my mother. This morning my 7yr old was eating and when I told the dog to get down and walked towards him he growled at me and then shortly after I walked away he went for my sons food I turned around and I said No Harley and he growled and tried to snip at me. I need to know what to do before someone gets bit

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
You need to take a firm hand with Harley especially if you have children in the house; when Harley growls at you, you either need to ensure that you can punish him by either restraining him on the floor or by placing him in a corner (naughty corner) or in other room/crate/garage etc… to show disapproval. Many times dogs will not respond to verbal negative commands unless they are associated with a punishment; if you have further issues you should consult a Behaviourist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Harley's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Jax
miniature dachshund
2 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Growling, biting, showing teeth

I've had a mini dachshund since he was 9 weeks old and now he is 2 years old. I have a great relationship with him, but my significant other does not. My dog has shown aggression to her that includes biting and growling only when I am not around. He has been exposed to a lot of different types of people and dogs and is okay when I am around. However, when I'm not around and he is with my roommates he will use the bathroom in the house and then is aggressive when my significant other or roommates/friends try to pick him up. I don't know what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations

These instances usually come down to jealousy or dominance and Jax is trying to be top dog when you are not around; your significant other should take a more active role in disciplining Jax when you are not at home, thankfully a Miniature Dachshund is easy to control (in comparison to a Rottweiler). Your significant other should show that she is top dog and that Jax is below her in the food chain, a good way to start this is to get her to feed Jax but to make him sit until she says he can eat; it may take some practice but if Jax doesn’t listen she should just pick up the bowl and go from there. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Jax 's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Lenny
Australian Shepherd Lab
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Snapping
Biting
Growling

My dog Lenny has just turned 1 and he is staring to bite us a lot. If it is close to his feeding time and you touch him he will growl and bite you in an aggressive way he does the same thing when you pet him while he is sleeping or relaxed. He acts like he wants to be pet but next thing you know he snaps at you with these wierd look in his eyes. He used to be a good little dog. He is an Australian Sheppard lab. He also jumps up and bites my hand when I am in the kitchen. And sometimes when I go to pet him during the day he still bites me but not as hard. My family has yelled at him when he does this and I tap him on the nose but he looks at us like so what? What can I do to get my dog back to his loving self?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
You need to take more control by either punishment physically (manual restraint not hitting), placing him in a room alone or ignoring him completely; there is no real one fits all approach, I find manual restraint works well but can be difficult in a dog Lenny’s size. In these cases I generally recommend consulting a Behaviourist to give some first hand pointers after observing behaviour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Lenny's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Larry
Nova Scotia mix
4 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Unprovoked attacks, growling,

I have a 4 year old mutt I’ve had since 6 weeks old. He’s been sick most people f his life so some extreme medical care over the years and severe allergies. He’s sees all specialist for his conditions. His internal med Dr feels hs medical issues are due to a bad reaction to a vaccine? Autoimmune issues. Anyway he’s always seemed a little spacie and depressed. He struggles with simple things like eating and dealing with noise if you drop something it takes him months to forget it and stays cleR of whatever cAused the sound. He’s extremely over sensitive. He always seemed aggressive growling showing teeth when someone came in or when corrected verbally for it becoming more aggressive. Recently this all seems much worse. He has bit my my roommate whom he loves for touching my are attacked a dog he grew up with twice in one day and has started unprovoked attacks and our cat he grew up with all these attacks are unprovoked and he growls at me when I verbally correct him and try’s to stand his ground. We know all his health issues vets agree he has mental issues but he getting worse and what used to work no longer does now what????we tried meds he can not take them

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
This is a very delicate issue, if illness is causing changes in behaviour it can be difficult to regain control; in this case I would seek advice from a Behaviourist to examine Larry’s behaviour and to give you some advice on what to do with him since his case is unusual. I don’t think usual methods of control would be effective especially if the change is due to illness. Sometimes, gaining control of an underlying condition may help with behaviour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Larry's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Sugar
Maltipoo
11 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Biting
Growling

We have a maltipoo, she will be 1 in a month. We've had her for 8 months. She is more drawn to me, but goes to all 4 of us for play and petting. She has always growled at the kids (2 girls ages 8&10) since a couple months after we got her. When she growls she will sometimes bite them, not hard, but a couple have broken skin. Most the time she will turn her growling around and start biting her tail or leg and go 'crazy' spinning in circles. I think she doesn't want the girls to cuddle with her. She doesn't do this to visitors, or adults, just the girls. Obviously, they have made her not trust them, or may have been rough. What can be done to fix this? The girls will try to hold her or pick her up, and it sets her off. When I say 'sugar no' she stops, but then does it again. This is our first puppy, and we have no experience with dogs. Help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Luckily Maltipoos are relative small in size and can be easily restrained when showing signs of aggression: I would lay her down on her side when she shows signs of aggression and leave her there, if she moves go back and place her where she was; when she has stayed still for around five minutes allow her to stand up but withhold some affection for a few hours. I find this the best approach, but you may find a naughty corner or room may work better for you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Sugar's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Jo or Josie
Blue Heeler
4 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Nipping and growling

I have a 4 y.o. fixed female blue heeler. I've had her since she was 13 weeks old as a rescue. She is the sweetest dog but recently started nipping and growling at my boyfriend when he gets near me or touches me. She used to try to separate me and my ex-husband but never used to growl or bite. I'm starting to get concerned with that behavior. Is there a way to train her to stop? She is due for a comprehensive exam in a couple months. She doesn't seem to be in any pain but that behavior is new. Her and I recently moved in with my boyfriend about 5 months ago. She was fine until about a month ago. That's when it started. We moved from New Mexico to California.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Since this is a relatively new behavior, it would be best to start right away and work with a trainer to stop the behavior, learn what is going on with her, and make sure that the behavior doesn't escalate. Jo is feeling possessive of you, for whatever reason, and a trainer will be able to observe her behavior with you and give you tools to work with her. Your veterinarian will be able to recommend a good trainer for you.

Add a comment to Jo or Josie's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Alice
Beagle
10 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

agression; biting/blood drawn
agression

My 10 month old Beagle just about took the tip of my finger off a half hour ago because I was trying to keep her from eating her own feces. I have never yelled at her or smacked her for going in the house ,I just try to pick it up before she turns to eat it but she wants to fight over it. I have been told not to smack with my hands, but I dont know how to deal with this dog....If I try to discipline , she just snarls at me..I have 2 Jack russels Ive raised from pups and never had this issue. Please advise

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Each case is different, physical hitting is never a good solution but physical restraint (not hitting) and placing in a crate or another room as punishment may help. There is no one solution which fits all dogs so you need to find what works for you, you may need to consult with a Behaviourist if you are unable to keep control over Alice. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Alice's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Buddy
Dachshund
10 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Growling, biting, showing teeth

Hello, my doxie is pretty old, and I fear he’ll be mildly aggressive for the rest of his life. He growls when I try to hug him, kiss him on the head, or pick him up from his current spot on the couch. He also is very protective of visitors and favors them over my family, the people that have lived with him his entire life. He has no recent injuries and doesn’t show signs of any. My family tells me it’s just the grumpy old man syndrome but I feel like it’s a little strange because his environment recently changed (we moved about two years ago, and started acting aggressive shortly after that, or if he was aggressive at our old house I can’t remember). We also neutered him early in the year (Spring Break 2017). Could either of these be the cause of his behavior? Or is it just because he’s grumpy and old? Should we go to the vet to find out if there’s an underlying medical issue, or can a therapist help fix the problem? Thanks in advance for your help. I’ve grown up with Buddy and I care about him very much. I want the very best for him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I'm glad that you are willing to work with him on this behavior. Dachshunds can have a tendency to be 'grumpy', and he may or may not have shown mild aggression before you moved. Having him neutered wouldn't have made him more aggressive, and he may just be becoming more so as he gets older. It would be a good idea to have him examined by your veterinarian to make sure that he isn't becoming arthritic and painful as he gets older, or that his teeth aren't bothering him, or anything else that may be making him 'grumpier'. If he seems healthy and doesn't need any kind of pain medication or treatment, you can consult a trainer to come into your home and work with him in his environment. It can be more difficult to correct long standing behaviors, but not impossible. Your veterinarian can recommend a trainer in your area. I hope that he does well.

Add a comment to Buddy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Gus
English/French Bulldog Mix
5 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

I have a five year old male, English/French Bulldog mix. For the past 3 or 4 years he has been prone to guarding random objects other than his food bowl. There have been times when he didn't want to come inside and acted aggressive to the point I had to leave him outside. He will guard things such as a gate, a rake, a broom.. you name it.. he will suddenly become attached. Two years ago he was guarding a door gate (gate that keeps in one room our out of another) and when I was moving the gate away from him he lunged at me and bit my stomach. If I had not attempted to move the gate he wouldn't have bit me. Well the other night he was outside guarding a food bowl with just a few chunks of food inside. It was very late and I didn't want to leave him outside overnight. I got my rake and knocked the food bowl away from him and he lunged for the rake. I through the rake down and he lunged for me biting my arm which resulted in me yanking it away from him. I ended u with 24 stitches. He then stayed outside for two day guarding the rake and wouldn't come inside. He often goes after my other female dog wanting her bowl or he just gets mad at her. Everyone is telling me I need to put him to sleep, I hate to do this. However, I do not want him hurting someone else. If I had just let him stay outside guarding that bowl he wouldn't have attacked me. Another thing he does.. he has been neutered yet there are times that he aggressively goes after my leg and won't get off of me.. I literally have to grab his front legs and pry them off of me.. Then he comes back again. Is it my fault this happened? Any suggestions?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
This is all behavioural (nothing actually medical) and given the severity, it would be best if you consult with a Behaviourist as I am not going to be able to offer any valuable advice over the internet like this. A Behaviourist will be able to see Gus and his behaviour and will give you advice in the moment about want to do as well as showing you techniques to try. If this is unsuccessful, you may need to consider the unthinkable if you believe that he may cause injury to a neighbour, USPS Guy or anyone else. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Gus's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Zeus
Pittbull mix
8 Months
Serious condition
-1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Jumping
Snarling
Biting

My pit/husky/Shepard mix is 8 mo old and has become more and more aggressive towards me and my children. We have had him since he was 8weeks old, he has had the same puppy chow since we got him, I have trained him with home made treats (cheddar cheese, flour, water, and oil recipe) but he keeps getting worse and has bitten me and my children. Growls, bites, barks, jumps around. It's scary.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations

Having an aggressive pitbull is never a good thing, especially around children. Most likely, Zeus is trying to assert his dominance over your family to be top dog (alpha male); you need to start immediately to control this behaviour before it becomes out of control. Techniques popularised by a well known TV show on dog behaviour are very effective but you need to constantly keep correcting the behaviour and to be more stubborn than he is; visiting a behaviourist would be useful too to get their input and to give you specific tips to Zeus’s case. Your word should be the last in your home, Zeus’s should be the last; the last thing you need is liability for his behaviour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

you are a dick head you know nothing all you say is get professional help, YOU ARE A TRAINED professional. BUT YOU KNOW NOTHINH

Should say *Shepherd

Add a comment to Zeus's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Jack
Chihuahua
9 Years
Serious condition
-1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Biting, growling, snapping

My Chihuahua is 9 and is in good health (he has an enlarged heart but hardly any symptoms). Over the past two years he has been exhibiting aggression towards my mother at varying times - for weeks on end nothing can be happening and then suddenly for a while he can be aggressive at times. We try to diffuse situations in which he can be aggressive (such as when he is on the coach and you want to pick him up). Why is he aggressive at times and certain times not? Our vet has said it's the "grumpy old man syndrome" as he doesn't seem to be in pain and we have always handled him with lots of love, affection, plenty of walks and lots of play time. We are puzzled as to why the aggression comes and goes and is mostly directed against my mother (who takes the most care of him!!). Any advise and help very much appreciated!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations

There are many possible causes for aggression towards familiar people, but they are usually caused when a dog is accidentally injured by someone or are punished (unintentionally like a toy taken away). It may be that Jack is in pain which may exhibit as aggression, this would be something to speak to a Behavioural Specialist about. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My chihuahua/ min pin mix has been showing aggression toward certain familiar people at different times. It first started with me 3 years ago, he is now 4, when I came home from my friends house. I am his owner, and he growled and snarled at me all that day. Ears back, and fur up. He has done it to multiple people since, my father, my sisters. Not all the time but every now and then for the whole day. He is now doing it to my husband. The whole day he has been acting like this toward only him, tomorrow he will be fine. I don't know what is wrong with him.

My chihuahua mix has been somewhat aggressive over the past year, and seems to only be aggressive around me. Occasionally he will be fine, but if I move a certain way or get too close (in his eyes), he snarls and snaps at me. He has bitten me several times and has snapped at my nieces, but I don't understand why. My mom threatens to get rid of him, and that's definitely not what I want. How can I fix this aggression problem?

Add a comment to Jack's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Kylo
Labrador Retriever
2 Years
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression

Medication Used

None

My dog is just over two years old (estimated). He has been in my household for 5 months. Just today he started being really aggressive with my boyfriend. Several times today he has growled, shown his teeth, lunged at, jumped on and even attempted to bite without breaking skin. This is completely out of the blue as my boyfriend has held the place of alpha in our home since we got the dog. The dog did get aggressive toward me once when I was touching a planter box. It was my boyfriend touching the planter box that seemed to originally upset the dog at first as well. However, the dog isn't "angry" with me anymore. And, the dog goes from being extremely aggressive to normal (kind, good tempered) with my boyfriend within 5 minutes. Most recently the dog just started growling and barking at my boyfriend from his crate while we were asleep. We haven't changed a thing in the dog's routine or diet. Any ideas what could be causing this random sporadic aggression from the dog toward my boyfriend?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations

Some dogs will occasionally attempt to assert their dominance over the other people in their household; it is important that you assert dominance back, which can be difficult with a large dog. Punishment, like holding the skin on the back of the neck and applying gentle pressure or ignoring them completely can help. There are many different resources online to try; try to look for reputable sources like the well known TV show personality’s website. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

These answers are crazy. holding the skin not the back of the neck? Show dominance. Ugh. Where are you getting this info from?

These answers are crazy. holding the skin not the back of the neck? Show dominance. Ugh. Where are you getting this info from?

Add a comment to Kylo's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Lester
Dachshund
14 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Max is loud, shouts, has temper

My 13-year old miniature dachshund, Lester, barks ferociously and howls whenever he comes into contact with my stepson. This has been going on for over a year.

Assuming something triggered this, what can I do to eliminate or reduce Leter's reaction to being around Max?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
These types of cases are never simple to solve, generally in smaller dogs like Dachshunds it is easy to control and restrain a dog when they are being aggressive by placing them down on the floor as punishment and not letting them up until they are completely relaxed, it may take a few attempts at this. Also, if Max is an adult he should be the one exerting his dominance over Lester; but you should do so as well to show that you don’t need his help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Lester's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Deigo
Chihuahua
4 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression

My dog Deigo is a sweet mix chihuahua. He comes and lays on my lap, he nudges my hands or arms when he wants petted. He sleeps in mine and my husbands bed. Lately he has been getting aggressive. He has been with us since June 2017 and my other dog and him get along. But for a few weeks now he has been getting aggressive with her. He will snip at her even if she just want to lay with him. They play here and there but mostly he starts to growl or snip. Not to mention two nights in a row now, I have gone back to our room where he was on our bed and i just came over started to pet him and kiss him and then i went to scoots him near me and he growled then suddenly would snip at me. He doesn't do it to my husband but has done it two nights in a row now. But has never done it before! When I scowled him he looked down and had his tail between his legs and his head down, same when he gets aggressive towards our other dog his "sister". I don't know what to do. I feel like something is wrong, he has never acted like this before.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. If Diego isn't neutered, that might help with his aggression. If he is neutered, he should have a good examination with your veterinarian to check his mouth, make sure that he isn't painful anywhere and is having a problem that might be making him more 'testy'. If everything is fine with him and he doesn't have any health problems, you can enlist the help of a trainer to help find out why he is suddenly showing these signs. Dogs will often start to change behavior as they age, and he may need some training to stop his aggression from escalating. Your veterinarian can recommend a trainer for you if needed. I hope that everything goes well for him.

Add a comment to Deigo's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Santo
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
17 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Snarl
Bite

My fiancee has had two separate incidents in the past week where she's calmly petting and caressing our boy and without provocation, he lunges at her and tries to bite her. It's really disheartening seeing as how he has never been like this. He absolutely enjoys being petted and caressed. By both of us. He's never done that to me though. I've seen it happen once, the first time and we just separated ourselves from him for a few minutes. Afterwards, he behaves exactly as he's always been, non threatening and very amicable. But most recently she had to put him up in his crate. She's really upset over these sudden outbursts at her and we're wondering what may be causing them. We are going to our vet sometime this week for his shots and we'll talk to her about this, but I just wanted to get a quick answer right now.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Unfortunately there is no quick answer to your question; this is most likely a purely behavioural issue and your fiance needs to take firm action to show that she is in charge by manually restraining Santo as gently as possible. If your fiance can restrain Santo onto his side she can exert dominance and wait for Santo to accept and relax, it is effective when done properly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Santo's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Sebastian
German Shepherd
4 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

I have a 4 1/2 month German Shepherd puppy, Sebastian. I got him from another owner who wasn’t able to take the time to train him so he has major anxiety. I saw a trainer and was told to take him to puppy socials, in public, and anywhere he can gain confidence. Once his confidence was up enough, we needed to start doggy daycare, especially because he is never by himself without me and I need him to get used to it before I go back to work. Yesterday he went for his second time (each for about 6-7 hours) and he has been cranky ever since! He nipped and showed teeth when my boyfriend AND I when have tried petting him, playing with him, and would growl and show teeth if I got near him when he has a bone or toy. PLEASE HELP! As he gets bigger, I don’t want to become afraid of my own dog, but he also needs to go to daycare but I don’t know what to do. Will it get better the more often he goes?!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
These types of issues are never easy, especially in larger dogs like German Shepherd; it is important to nip these behaviours in the bud as soon as possible before they become a habit. Showing disapproval, ignoring him, placing him into a different room/crate or physically holding him firmly by the scruff of the neck (be careful to get get bit) to show you don’t approve of this behaviour. You should also speak with the Trainer again to get some advice if they join you to pick him up and give you pointers etc… as each case is different. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Sebastian's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Sebastian
German Shepherd
4 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Showing teeth
agression
Biting
Growling

I have a 4 1/2 month German Shepherd puppy, Sebastian. I got him from another owner who wasn’t able to take the time to train him so he has major anxiety. I saw a trainer and was told to take him to puppy socials, in public, and anywhere he can gain confidence. Once his confidence was up enough, we needed to start doggy daycare, especially because he is never by himself without me and I need him to get used to it before I go back to work. Yesterday he went for his second time (each for about 6-7 hours) and he has been cranky ever since! He nipped and showed teeth when my boyfriend AND I when have tried petting him, playing with him, and would growl and show teeth if I got near him when he has a bone or toy. PLEASE HELP! As he gets bigger, I don’t want to become afraid of my own dog, but he also needs to go to daycare but I don’t know what to do. Will it get better the more often he goes?!

Read more at: https://wagwalking.com/condition/aggression-toward-familiar-people#_=_

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
These types of issues are never easy, especially in larger dogs like German Shepherd; it is important to nip these behaviours in the bud as soon as possible before they become a habit. Showing disapproval, ignoring him, placing him into a different room/crate or physically holding him firmly by the scruff of the neck (be careful to get get bit) to show you don’t approve of this behaviour. You should also speak with the Trainer again to get some advice if they join you to pick him up and give you pointers etc… as each case is different. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Sebastian's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Lola
Heeler lab mix
6 Years
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

We've had a female rescue dog for 6 years, we got her as a puppy. She was always very sweet to everyone. I had the last 2 weeks off of work and was at home for most of the time. Being back to work this week, our dog has run away from my wife while being walked then shown her aggression on 2 different occasions. She is a medium sized dog, 46 pounds, but very fast. Tonight she ripped her shirt but did not break skin. My wife is scared to be around her. She has recently been on medication for heartworm. My wife thinks she's very jealous and is acting out. I'm concern that these outbreaks may get worse and she might hurt her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
These cases are difficult and no simple answer, in a dog of Lola’s size I would recommend seeking a local Behaviourist to help manage Lola’s sudden aggression. There are various causes for a change in behaviour towards a particular person, but you should start enforcing some punishment like placing Lola in another room or placing her in a crate when she shows these signs of aggression. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Lola's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Louie
Yorkshire Terrier
7 Years
Mild condition
-1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Growling, biting, showing teeth
Extreme Thirst
Refusing to pee

My 7 yr old 5 pound yorkie growled at me two days ago when i tried to bend down and talk to him so I tried to be stern with him about growling at me and he ran under the bed. The next day I woke up he was laying at the foot of my bed and I rubbed his head and as I was moving my arm back toward me he tried to bite my arm but showed no signs of aggression when I was rubbing him. I also noticed that the day of the growling he seemed extremely thirsty and drank a whole bowl of water at once and I refilled it again and by the end of the day it was also gone. He has never done that. Then when I tried to make him go outside to pee he refused and ran under my bed. The next morning I tried to make him go out again and he ran under the bed. This is the first time any of this has happened.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations

The biting needs to be stopped, if you are trying to be stern with Louie you cannot let him move unless you tell him; if he moves, pick him up (he’s a Yorkie not a Rottweiler) and place him back where he was. If he continues to move, lay him down and force him to stay; repeat this action. As for the drinking, this may or may not tie in to the aggression and hiding; there are many poisons (including prescription human medicines) which may cause changes in behaviour and increased thirst, is there any chance he may have consumed something? Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

YOU ARE A DICK HEAD YOU KNOW NOTHING ALL YOU SAY IS GET professional HELP. YOU ARE A professional.

I have a 4 year old Doxie that recently over the past few weeks have been showing signs of aggression especially when I get stern with him for doing something or my other Doxie gets near him when he has a toy, he gets near me, or his food bowl. He is not neutered. Recently he played with my friends female lab and when I brought him home he began to mark repeatedly and when I scolded him he growled and showed teeth. He the bit me. Ever since he has randomly growled and snarled at me and my boyfriend without any reason. Literally came home from work and he was excited to see me I pet him and he was wagging his tail and then all of a sudden started growling. I ask him to go to bed(kennel) and he gets in willing and on his own and once he is in continues to growl. It’s so strange and all of a sudden. Could this be linked to being an intact mail. Would it help to get him neutered now or will that further his frustration?

my french bulldog he's a 1 year old and recently been showing aggression like jumping up to bit but because of his height we can react fast enough so no incident had happened.
today he was having a chew stick and i was trying to move him away from the chew stick he turned around and bit my finger a few times...

I have an 11 month old female silver lab that is absolutely very very loving! She was spayed approximately 2 months ago and all of a sudden she started to nibble at my girlfriends feet. Now my girlfriend and I purchased the dog together when she was 4 months old. This has never been an issue. She obeys my girlfriend and I when it comes to sit lay down paw etc. I would say though she listens to me more when she's in trouble ( when she picks up shoes I tell her to drop it, she does) but my girlfriend not so much the dog will run from her. My puppy has been biting my girlfriends legs when she tells her no. This has happened on more than one occasion. I can't discipline her cause I'm not present when it occurs. Why is that my puppy starts biting/nibbling and being aggressive towards my girlfriend who by the way feeds the puppy takes her out etc more than I do. What can I do to help stop this behavior cause again none of this behavior happens around me.

My 3 year old shepard has started showing aggressive towards my kids and a pug we have don't understand he has been raised with them since he was 6 weeks old

My boyfriend and my Rottweiler (make) has suddenly become aggressive to me. I have known, played, and fed him for 5 years. There was a period of time before my boyfriend and I were living together that I was not around for days at a time and it happened a year after I moved in with my boyfriend and had more contact with our dog. When I went with my boyfriend to feed our Rottweiler I let him sniff me with my hand by the fence and he growled and lunged at the fence giving me a warning. We tried again the next day and the same behavior persisted. We got him fixed promptly after and he still exhibits the same behavior. I seem to be the only one in the family that he does this to.

Following this.....almost the same situation!

Add a comment to Louie's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Fish
pit mix
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Growling
Biting
mood swings
asserting dominance
avoiding eye contact
food agression

We adopted my dog Fish when he was about 6 months old from a local SPCA and we've had him for almost a year now. He came with a few bad habits (jumping, playful nipping, basic untrained pup habits) and we trained him out of it. About a month ago, he was chewing on a pig ear & my dad (who lives in the same house as me & Fish) walked past him & Fish growled, he tried to pet him & he nipped, but didn't bite. Last week, my dad tried to remedy this by giving him a pig ear while they were sitting together snuggled up on the floor, and Fish immediately snapped and attacked him, biting him repeatedly, not responding to any verbal commands or showing any signs of recognition towards him. He managed to get Fish into his crate & then went to the ER for 13 stitches in his hand. Today, I went to let him out of his crate (he chews household objects & furniture when left alone in the house) and he had a bone in the cage with him, he didn't look excited to see me (he normally wags his tail & whines until let out) he had his ears back, and wouldn't look at me or make eye contact I tried to coax him out of the cage with praise & a soft tone, and eventually I began petting him (neck/back away from his face) and he began growling, so I continued to pet him gently while talking to him in a light, soothing tone and he snapped. It was like he was possessed. He started trying to bite me, snarling, not breaking eye contact, terrified I managed to close the crate door, and barely managed to lock it as he was trying to bite me through the bars. I tried to talk to him softly and praise him, when that didn't work I tried to yell at him to intimidate him & snap him out of it but it was like he couldn't hear me. I left him in the crate alone for about 20 minutes and he finished his bone, and then he went right back to normal, whining to get out, excited to see me, trying to sit on my lap & lick my face. He's some sort of mutt (looks like maybe a pit/lab mix) so he's too large to safely restrain when he gets violent. It's heartbreaking to have my pup I love try to tear me to shreds with murderous intent over a damned bone. He's up to date on his shots & neutered. He's never shown aggression over food before these incidents, and I'm at a loss as to what can be done beyond very expensive and time-consuming behavioral therapy.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I cannot correct Fish's behavior over an email, unfortunately. He is showing food aggression,by your description, and it would be best to seek a trainer to help get hi over this. Since he is young, and has only recently started displaying these behaviors, he should be able to be corrected fairly quickly. Training can take time, as you are communicating with another species. Your SPCA may have a trainer that they can recommend, or your veterinarian may be able to suggest someone. I hope that everything goes well for Fish.

Add a comment to Fish's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Ironbull
English bulldog
4 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

aggressive
Growling, biting, showing teeth

My dog began to show an aggressive behaviour towards my young brother (11 years old) about 3 weeks ago. He growls and chase after my brother when there's nobody home except my brother and him (or when the dog thinks so). My brother is scared of him and I'm afraid the dog noticed it and takes advantage of the situation. I'm not home often but I try to defend my brother when I can.
Do you have any advice to give to my brother to reduce then stop this behaviour before an accident happens?
Best regards.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations

Your brother needs to show his dominance as being in a higher level in your family than Ironbull. This may involve using some techniques you may have seen on a popular dog Behaviourist TV show. But you may need to see a Behaviourist to examine the situation and give your brother pointers on what to do and when. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Ironbull's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Dora
Chihuahua
9 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Chases
Aggression
Snarl
Jumps on other two dogs

We took in a dog left behind when people moved out. She’s now 9 months old. We’ve had her about a month now. She’s a Chihuahua mix not sure of the other breed and has not been fixed. She will all of a sudden growl nip and show her teeth and chase after my 18-year-old daughter and my 13-year-old daughter. We don’t know what she went through with previous owners but I assume it wasn’t good if they just left her. We actually picked her up from another neighbor that had had her a couple of weeks already and they had Pitbulls. But they said she got along with him fine. How can I stop this behavior without making her fear us.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Dora is a young dog, and you're right, without knowing what her history is, she may be afraid, and not used to children or unfamiliar people. It would be best to have some training for her, to teach her appropriate responses. You can start with basic training, and your veterinarian can recommend a training class for her. She may respond to basic training quickly, as young dogs tend to learn quickly. I hope that she does well and becomes a permanent member of your family.

Add a comment to Dora's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Fender
German Shepherd
3 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression

Our normally friendly 3 year old German Shepard named Fender has recently started growling at family members as well as myself. We have had him since 3 months old.
First he started growling at my son (age 25) either upon entering our home, or when he is cleaning his paws after being outside, and at times for no reason at all. Sometimes its just low growling, others showing his teeth.
More recently he has growled at my husband while he was petting him. This morning he growled at me while I was wiping his paws after being outside in the rain. I'm very concerned for us as well as for Fender. Note, his has not been neutered.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I am sorry that Fender is showing this behavior. Sometimes as dogs fully mature, they develop aggressions that weren't there as puppies, and being intact may have something to do with it. It can be difficult to know why he is doing this, as he essentially speaks a different language. It would be best to consult with a behavior trainer to get this under control before it escalates, as he is a big dog, and you don't want anyone getting hurt. Your veterinarian will be able to suggest a trainer for you in your area. I hope that everything goes well for him, and you.

Hello Dr. King and thanks for your prompt response. I will get him to the vet as soon as I can, but have another question. Several people told me by having him neutered could help the aggressive behavior. Do you believe this could be helpful?

Add a comment to Fender's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Cujo
Border collie golden retriever cross
12 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

snarling, growling, pawing

I have a Border Collie crossed with a Golden retriever I have had since he was a puppy and is now 12 years old, over the last few months he has started growling and snarling at me, it is not all the time and most of the time he is very loving towards me, he has also started pawing at me when im giving him fuss. before this he was only ever aggressive with food so we moved his bowls from the kitchen out into the utility and that sorted the problem out. The only changes in the house are my ex moved out 10 months ago after being there all his life. I have noticed that he is now struggling to get up when he has been lying down and limps for a short time but after about 5-10 minutes he is fine.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Cujo is displaying this behavior. While I can't examine him, my first thought is that he might be painful, and that his mood might change if he becomes comfortable again. It would be a good idea to have him examined by your veterinarian, determine where is painful and if he might benefit from pain medication. it might also be a good idea to have some lab work run to make sure that he is systemically healthy. I hope that everything goes well for Cujo.

Add a comment to Cujo's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Gravy
Mixed
2 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression

I've had my 2.5 year old mixed-breed dog has always been very loving and sweet. I've had him since he was 7 weeks old. He was even loving and sweet to my fiance who we have been living with for a little under a year. Last week he growled at and then bit my fiance badly when he was told to get off the couch. He's NEVER done that before and I have no idea why it happened. Ever since the incident he has growled anytime he was told to do something he didn't want to do. My fiance wants to give him up to a shelter but I can't find it in my heart to do it. This is becoming a real stress in the household and I'm afraid it's only going to make my dog worse. What can I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
You need to punish Gravy; either by holding him to the floor until he relaxes, placing him in another room, withholding any attention for the rest of the day or a combination of all. There is no simple one fits all solution to these types of problems, but you should work with a Behaviourist if you are having problems gaining control of Gravy (I have no idea of Gravy’s size). Most behavioural issues can be resolved with persistent training but it needs a commitment from both your fiance and yourself. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Gravy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Ginger Livingstone
Pitbull/Terrier
3 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

nipping at parents who drink
unpredictable behavoiur

My husband I have adopted a 3 year old pitbull terrier mix named Ginger August 2017. She is a sweetie. She suffers from major seperation anxiety. We do not know anything from her past except that her previous owner pasted away and that was why she ended up in the shelter. She immediatley bonded with us both and our 2 year old. She does have a difficult time meeting new people but does good concidering. She barks and will eventually go to the erson and smell them. The more they show up the more confortable she becomes. Our major problem are my parents. They drink every day. My monther drinks coffee brandy and my dad beer. The do come visit but its not for very long. Ginger reacts different to them. One visit she will be ok with them petting her other visits she will bark and stay away from them. She will let them pet her but then nip without any sort of sign or atleast one they can pick up on anyway. I try to tell them that it could be the smell of the beer and coffee brady but they dont beleive me and say the Damn dog doesnt know any different doesnt know what we are drinkig ect. I also try to explain to them that each time you come you are at a different stage in your drinking, one visit your completely sober then next you are drunk to where you are slurring your words the next visit your feeling pretty good and at each stage you act different and that you act different at each stage as well, become a different person almost and becasue Ginger sees them at all the stages and hasnt really gotten to know "THEM" that it may cause her to be uneasy or more anxious so any sudden movement wheather you realized you did or not or a different tone or even a sway in your body could set her off and she gets scared. Ginger wont go after them she just will growl and tonight she actually nipped and that got my parents to step away and she was fine she didnt go at them to bit more so I know she doesnt want to bit it appearsd to me she is trying to prtect herself or feel the need to make them stopp petting her because they have scared them. How do I go about to make this a better situation for all of us? I dont want her to nip and I dont want my parents to be scared or her or even hate her but they dont beleive me that their drinking problem my very well be the reason for the unpredictable behavoiur she has towards them and them only!!!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Poor Ginger - who knows what experiences she has had with people and alcohol? I am glad that you are being patient with her. In the short term, it would be a good idea to separate her from your parents when they are there, so that her behavior does not escalate. In the longer term, it may be helpful to have a behavioral trainer work with her, to make sure that this is an isolated incident and doesn't become a larger problem, since you do not know her history. i hope that things go well for her, and for you.

Add a comment to Ginger Livingstone's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Otis
Border collie mix
10 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Nipping
Aggression
Growling

Our dog is a border collie springer spaniel and blue heeler mix. In the last year he has began growling and nipping at people he does not know that come close to him. Recently he nipped at someone he has been around him all of his life. He was not surprised or startled when this happened. The family member had been petting him just on the head like they always had.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Often, as dogs age, they become painful, and start to resent things that were normal before. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, and have an exam, to determine if her has any health concerns that are causing this behavior. I hope that all goes well with him.

Add a comment to Otis's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Moose
Labrador Retriever mutt
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Our dog has always been loveable and has never shown any aggression towards anyone in the house. But for the last two nights when i try to get him to go to bed he won't go, i tried the lead him to our bedroom and he snarled and snipped at me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
If Moose is starting to show signs of aggression, you need to start punishing him by either ignoring him, placing him into another room or not including him in activities; he needs to see that there are consequences to his behaviour and you may need to consult with a Behaviourist to help you. There is rarely one simple answer and in a dog Moose’s size, you cannot be safely restraining him to give punishment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Moose's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Jack
Papillon
3 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

barking
Growling

My wife and I got Jack about a year ago when he was two years old. He's a very sweet boy, but very skittish, and has always been easily frightened by new people or new/strange sounds. I didn't see any signs of mistreatment in his previous home, I just think he didn't see very many people aside from his owners before we got him (they were an old retired couple living out in the country). Lately though, he's started showing signs of what might be aggression or fear toward my wife. Sometimes I'll be in our study with him and he'll hear her moving around out in the house, and he'll start barking or growling like he's forgotten that someone else lives here too. Sometimes he'll also growl at her if she makes what I guess he considers a scary face. I've tried making the same face but he doesn't growl at me. Most of the time he's fine with her--he could be growling at her one minute and then curled up on her lap the next--so I'm just not sure where this behavior is coming from. Of the two of us, my wife is definitely a louder and more playful person, so I guess that could bother him since he's so skittish and easily startled, but he's been living with us for a year now and this behavior has just started in the last month or so.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Sometimes when dogs become more comfortable in their enviroments, their behaviors can change. Since Jack is starting to display these behaviors, it would be best to seek the help of a trainer to address it before anything escalates. Your veterinarian will be able to refer you to a competent trainer. I hope that everything goes well for Jack.

Add a comment to Jack's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Roxy
American Bulldog/Beagle
4 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Mounting
barking
growl
Lunging
Biting
Snarling

My fiance and I adopted Roxy about 2 years ago from an animal rescue. we adopted her so that my other dog, Zeke, who is a male Jack Russel/Pug of the same age could have a companion. The shelter said that she had been to several foster homes and that she loves to play and she gets along great with other dogs and when she met Zeke, they were like best friends. The first month we noticed that she was very skittish about everything which we were told is normal since it is a new environment. After a couple of months living with us she started showing aggression towards male strangers. The bigger the man was the more aggressive she would be. We figured that she may have been abused by a man so we didn't think much of it and just introduced her slowly to people. Around the same time I also noticed that she is manipulative towards Zeke. For example, I give them each a toy, Roxy doesn't really like to play with toys but she doesn't like Zeke having one. So she will bark at the door and when Zeke gets up to investigate, she takes his toy and shreds it in front of him. Zeke and Roxy are constantly mounting each other and they are both fixed. After being with us for about 7 months or so, I got pregnant and her aggression progressed towards all strangers instead of only men. Every time she ever shows aggression towards someone entering our house, Zeke would immediately start mounting her, I guess as a show of dominance? I mentioned her aggression to the Vet and they said she is just being protective of me because I was pregnant. She has now been with us for two years or so and her aggression has progressed even further. She growls at people she already is familiar with and she attacks Zeke constantly.She has caused Zeke to bleed on several occasions. However, she has not attacked or threatened us or our 16 month old, except one time she nipped our daughter in the face, however she did jump onto Roxy while she was sleeping and startled her. Our 16 month old does like to climb on Roxy but we correct our child and then praise the dog for staying calm. Every week I seem to be breaking up more and more fights between the dogs. I have no idea what is going on. I took her to the vet and they said they think it is dominance and possessive aggression. We have taken actions to try and fix this such as making the dogs sleep in their own bed, using a lot of eye contact, entering the room before her, and even exercising her more and nothing seems to be working. I read something about grabbing the dog's skin on the back of the neck but that makes her extremely aggressive towards us. They eat out of the same food bowl and water bowl at the same time so she isn't possessive about that. My fiance does not want to get rid of her but I am concerned for our child's safety since her aggression progresses every week.We need help please.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
These cases are never easy, behavioural issue never are especially when the issue hasn’t been addressed for a long period of time; plus you never know what is going through a dog’s mind since their actions, whilst irrational to us, may be logical for them. Establishing dominance is important, but this should have been done from day one and if you are not comfortable (which it doesn’t sound like you are) I wouldn’t recommend you taking any action without consulting a Behaviourist first; since you have a 16 month old child and you seem hesitant to try anything you should definitely see a Behaviourist before someone gets hurt. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Roxy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Nay
Pit bull
11 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

nervous

I moved in with my girlfriend, her son, and her 11 year-old Pitbull about 6 months ago. She has these random outbursts toward me for no reason in which she snaps at me and shows her teeth. She does not allow for my girlfriend to show any affection toward me and always has to be right in the middle of us. I have tried to initiate a bonding time with her, and take her on walks most nights weather permitting, but it does not seem to help. The dog is probably about 60-70 lbs and I am pushing 200 lbs. I have read some of your earlier suggestions to pin the dog to the floor, and have suggested this to my girlfriend, but she says that this will just make matters worse. I feel that she thinks she outranks me in the house, and once I do this whether it is violent and unpleasant or not that it will help solve our issues.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
In dogs as large as Nay I don’t recommend to restrain them since they are a lot stronger than they look (regardless of your weight) and one wrong move may result in trip to the veterinary clinic for her if the legs are not positioned correctly etc...; it is more suitable for dogs less than 20lb in weight. Your girlfriend needs to take a firm hand with Nay and show her that she doesn’t need protecting; when Nay gets between you or growls at you, your girlfriend should take action by moving Nay to another room and withholding affection. These matters can be delicate and you may need to consult a Behaviourist for specific advice based on observation of Nay. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Nay's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Roxy
Whippet
3 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression

I have a rescue Wippet since she was 4 weeks, her name is Roxy and she’s 3 and a half years old now. She lives the dream life with all the best I can afford her like grooming, all the toys she wants, walks on her favorite places, a natural homemade diet approved by her vet, and of course a lot of love. She was always very well behaved and loving towards me and anyone that comes into our house, people usually fall in love with her because of her manners and loving nature (she does not like other dogs though).
She is not spayed because I think it would be better for her overall health, and I of course consulted her vet about it and she said it would be fine as well.
Roxy was on heat recently and it has ended approximately a month ago, and she was acting normal. We had a really cold front 3 weeks ago and I put a sweater on her, and she allowed me to even though she hates clothing on her. After a few days the weather got better and I tried to take the sweater off of her, she tried to bite me. I got really confused because she never did that, never any aggression. So I left the sweater on her and waited a few hours to see if she would calm down and let me take it off, when I tried again she bit me so hard that my hand was severely punctured in several places and bleeding a lot (she’s a 12 pounds dog!). My boyfriend wanted to take me to the hospital but I didn’t want to go so we cleaned the wounds and wrapped with bandages. After that I could tell that she was kind of apologizing and feeling bad for what she did, and was acting like herself again, cuddling and kissing me as always.
Next day I tried to put the harness on her to take her to the park (her favorite place on earth) when I said the word PARK she got super excited as always, I grabbed the harness to put it on her and she gave me her head so I could put it on her but once I was about to lock the harness she attacked me again, but thank god I was able to dodge the bite this time.
Since all of this started I’ve been trying every 2/3 days to put the harness on her so we can go out but she won’t let me. Other than that she’s playful and loving towards me and everyone else.
I checked her to see if anything hurts but nothing (she lets me touch her anywhere), she has always been super healthy and apparently still is. I recently lost my job and cannot afford a behavior specialist at the moment.
I don’t know what’s going on, specially when putting the harness was always such a happy moment and now I get attacked every time I try. How can I make her stop this behavior? I don’t want her to hurt me again or anyone that comes to my house, and I don’t want her to be inside the house only.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Sudden changes in behaviour like this which all seem connected (jumper and harness) can be difficult to understand and does sound like something is either hurting her or she has a bad experience with being touched in a certain area. I would start by doing the motions of placing the harness on her without the harness and see if you get the same response, if there is no reaction try placing the harness on her but don’t fasten it and leave it on her undone for a few minutes before fastening it. Also, try to not get her excited before placing the harness on her, use a monotone voice to avoid excitement until the harness if fastened. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I am dog siting for my ex, he has a very unpredictable day to day schedule, he has a 2 year old pure bred rottie who had always been so sweet and calm. In the past week every time the dog is dropped off to me he has become more and more aggressive towards me, I can't even walk by him with out him giving me a warning. What do I do. I have a child in the house and his behavior has not changed towards him but I am scared the dog will eventually bite me as he went from low growls to a low warning bark to his hair being raised and showing teeth. His time with me hasn't been as consistent with me as normal and when I tell his owner he thinks I must have done something to the dog. Nothin about my routine with him has changed, of anything I try to take him out more and give him more attention since his day to day is so all over the place. What do I do.

Add a comment to Roxy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Lincoln
Australian Shepherd
8 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression

I have an eight month old puppy with a host of mild aggression issues. He nips and jumps when excited or following people around the house. The biggest issue is that when he is frustrated (like when you try to leash him to manage him, get him off counters, take something, anything against his will really) he starts barking and growling. He shows his teeth and nips, and has cornered several family members in both excitable and frustrated episodes. Our main methods of managing his behaviors are time out, ignoring him, etc. Though some people in the house do lose their temper and start yelling at the dog or swatting at him to get him away, which only causes him to start sprinting around barking. Any advice to curb this issue as quickly as possible would be appreciated.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Behavioral issues often require ongoing interactions, and are difficult to solve over an email. It would be best if you were to consult a behaviorist to help you with Lincoln and the behaviors that he is displaying. Your veterinarian can recommend a trainer for him. The very positive thing is that he is very young, and should be easily trainable. Australian Shepherds are very intelligent dogs. I hope that everything goes well for him.

Add a comment to Lincoln's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Chancho
Chihuahua
7 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression
barking

My chihuahua has always been very friendly and loving towards people until the past few months. He gets grumpy during the day and growls or barks at my roommate. I live with 3 other people but it is only one person that he is mean to. Typically he will come home and then my dog will growl and bark at him until he sits down then he usually (not always) becomes sweet and wants him to pet him. All of us share in dog responsibilities including walks and feedings and he is on a food and walk schedule. How can I help him become less aggressive towards my roommate?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without being able to examine Chanco, I can't offer advice on how to resolve this problem. Aggression can require ongoing assessment, and it would be best to seek the advice of a behaviorist to look at the whole picture with Chanco. A trainer will be able to look at his behavior, how he interacts with your roommate, and work with all of you in changing this behavior. Your veterinarian will be able to refer you to a good trainer.

Add a comment to Chancho's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Polly
American bully
2 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression

We just got another dog we have a 5yr Old male terrier Mix Rescue. We Just 1week Ago Got an American Bully About 2yr Female Family couldn't keep her.female dog is good al! Day with my adult son taking care of them. When my husband is home that changes dog barks at him and will jump up at him. Need advice

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
There are no fast methods to resolve an issue like this, your husband needs to take a firm hand in controlling Polly so she acknowledges that he should be there; whether holding her down by the scruff of the neck, placing her in another room, placing her in a crate, withholding affection or a combination of methods. Consulting a Behaviourist would be useful as it is better to resolve these issues in person. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Polly's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Champ
Jack Russell Terrier
7 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression nipping growling

We have had our Jack Russell for about 6 months. We got him when he was just eight weeks old. He has always been a very happy and active dog. He is normally very clingy and loves to cuddle up next to myself, my children or my husband. However, recently we took him to the park ( no leash, because he has always listened very well) and he charges towards a person and became very aggressive. The hair on this back of his neck and back was standing straight up and he kept pouncing at the person he charged. Typically I can call his name once and he will come directly to me. This time he wouldnt even acknowledge that I was calling him. Just recently he was outside with my husband and left the yard, so my husband was calling his name and he would not acknowledge him either. Once my husband got him inside he told Champ to go to his cage. Champ ran under the kitchen table and started growling at my husband. My husband reached for him and that is when Champ nipped him. It is very concerning with the recent events that have happened. My greatest fear is him becoming aggressive towards my small children.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. It is very unusual for a 7 month old dog to be obedient enough to be left off leash. He may be challenging boundaries at this age. If he isn't neutered, that would be one of the first things that I would do, to decrease any testosterone effects on his behavior. Since he is young, and this behavior is just starting, it would be a great idea to seek the help of a behaviorist to work with him and determine what might have changed, besides him turning from a puppy to an adult dog. I agree, you do not want this behavior to escalate, and a trainer will be able to give you positive techniques to have the happy friendly dog that you think that he is. Your veterinarian can recommend a good trainer for him. I hope that everything goes well for Champ.

Add a comment to Champ's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Caesar
Chiweenie
8 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Showing teeth
Biting
Growling

My husband and I have a chihuahua/daschund mix that we have had for eight years. Recently he has started biting, growling and lunging at my husband when he tries to get in bed if I am asleep. He also has bit him when he tried to move some of my clothes that were on the foot of the bed. He has always been the dominant male dog in the household, (we also have his son, Frodo, who is Caesar mixed with a Yorkshire Terrier). Do you think this is a dominance issue or is he being protective of me?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
This could be a bit of both, but the issue should be approached the same for each instance; your husband needs to take control and to punish Caesar each time he shows aggression, your husband just need to show power and control over Caesar, he doesn’t need to hurt him. Generally holding the scruff of the neck and lying him down should be sufficient a few times to show your husband is higher in the pecking order in the home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

He is now starting to bark at everytime someone walks in the door and will be happy one minute and snap randomly the next. For example I was combing him with a flea comb and then stopped and petted him on the head and he just snapped like he wanted to bite me. Please any help? I am moving in with my boyfriend in six months, but he is afraid of moving in wiht a dog who potentially is getting more agressive. Even I am afraid of getting bitten. I love my pup, but I am in college and it is difficult to figure out what is wrong and money that I don't have to go to a professional dog trainer. Any suggestions on what I can do to make my pup happy again? I don't want to give him up.

I have a dog that I adopted, Ranger, with the same mix about a year ago. He was such a happy pup and all of a sudden he has started showing teeth, growling at people and barking. He never used to bark, and he sleeps with me at night and snuggles close to me. With my boyfriend he started being somewhat submissive

Add a comment to Caesar's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Zues
Dutch Shepherd
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

none

Medication Used

none

Hello

My dog just recently started trying to bite us as well as growl at us. He is a rather large dog so we keep him in a large cage. He never did this before and we are afraid it will get worse.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
You are right to be concerned that the behavior may escalate, without knowing why it is happening. without examining him or being able to evaluate him, it is impossible for me to determine why he is displaying this behavior, other than to suggest if he isn't neutered, that that may help. Otherwise, it would be best to have a trainer evaluate him and work with him to find out the cause of the problem and how to change that behavior. Make sure that you have a trainer that works with positive techniques, rather than punishment. If you do not know a trainer, your veterinarian will be able to refer you to one. I hope that everything goes well with him.

Add a comment to Zues's experience

Was this experience helpful?

milly
Cocker Spaniel
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Biting

We have a 2 year old female cocker spaniel. She is well looked after, has daily walks etc. 5 weeks ago we got a Bernese pup (female). The cocker is very put out since we got the pup. She seems very jealous of the new pup. Yesterday evening the cocker bit my 11 year old daughter twice while playing with her. This has never happened before she is not an aggressive dog only with food but there was no food involved. My daughter was just playing with her.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Since Milly is showing aggression since the puppy came into the house, it would be best to have a trainer work with her, and with your family. They will be able to assess what might be going on with her and suggest methods to help stop that behavior. Your veterinarian will be able to recommend a trainer for you. I hope that all goes well with Milly.

Add a comment to milly's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Fancy
Chihuahua
4 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Nipping
Aggression
barking

Medication Used

none

My dog, Fancy is a sweet and loving dog. She was a rescue from a trailer park in Florida where her and 50 other dogs were forced to cannibalize their living mates until rescue. She was nearly dead when we got her but she's strong and healthy now. the problem is this: She barks and nips at my pants when I get up to go to the bathroom or leave the room...she also is very anxious when I leave the house and she basically begs me to not leave (which of course I DO leave). I really just want to be able to go to the bathroom without having to crate my dog for discipline (which is not working). Any advice would really help, it's driving my family and I a little nuts. Thanks pre-emptively.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Separation can be difficult for some dogs, especially in a dog which was rescued from a horrendous living situation (I use the term living loosely here). If crating bad behaviour doesn’t work, you should try lying her down and restraining her when she exhibits this behaviour; lying her down and holding her to the floor until she relaxes may be an effective method of controlling behaviour, be careful and remember we want to restrain not hurt Fancy. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Fancy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Chanel
Chihuahua
2 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Aggressive sad not focused
Aggression

Medication Used

none

My dog has always been loving however this has changed she has overtime become very aggressive she now attacks and bites. She is a scared little dog, doesnt seem to be happy anymore she doesnt go short of anything. She has had tests all came clear. But her appetite has increased 3 fold she is demanding wants attention all the time and is sleeping more than she should. The vet says it could be neurological but i want my little dog back what can i do 😢😢😢😢 she has nightmares wakes up attackingvthe quilt for example but when we try to get her attention its like she cant see or hear us. Vet says her hearing and sight is great. Why does she sit staring at the wall? Why cant she see her bone or toy?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
It does sound like Chanel has a neurological issue which can be more difficult to manage or control. In these types of cases with the behaviour you’re describing it may be best to visit a Neurologist to give Chanel a thorough examination to determine the underlying cause for this behaviour being exhibited. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Chanel's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Holly
Labrador Retriever
8 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Biting

We adopted a black lab mix, 8 months old. She was a stray they found. We don't know if she ever had a home. She was so gentle when we got her a week ago. Such a sweet dog. She has started biting a little over the last couple days. Just a playful bite. Today she started barking at us and growling, trying to bite aggressively. What could be causing this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Now that Holly is comfortable in her new surroundings, she may be trying to exert her dominance in your household; it is important to punish her by either placing her in another room, in a crate or withholding affection after you tell her no. It is important to nip these behavioural issues early in the bud before they become a bigger issue. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Holly's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Mogi
Cane Corso
appr. 6yrs
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

My Cane Corso adores me but dislikes my husband. When my husband go to leave the house, Mogi nips at him. We have a large, low table that mogi crawls under. Last night as my husband sat on the sofa, Mogi bit him. (no broken skin). Mogi rarely leaves my side and I love him. Now my husband says he is getting rid of him,he is dangerous and should be put to sleep.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
You need to punish this behaviour when it happens and your husband need to punish the behaviour as well; whilst it may break your heart to punish Mogi you need to consider the unthinkable alternatives. If Mogi adores you, punish him for his bad behaviour and then ignore him for a while; this is normally effective in dogs which have a loving relationship with their owners, your husband should punish him and you should ignore him afterwards to reinforce the punishment. As a last resort, a Behaviourist may be able to help you to give some personalised tips after observing Mogi. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Mogi's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Corey Taylor
Labrador Retriever / Pit Bull
3 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

barking
Lunging
Biting
Growling

Medication Used

none

I got my dog when he was about 6 months old. We lived alone. Just him and I with my daughters visiting every other weekend. At that time he was great around everyone. Strangers would go up and pet him and he loved it. About 18 months after getting him I moved in with my girlfriend, who he loves. Fast forward about 6 months and now he is dangerously aggressive toward strangers, he still sees me as the “Alpha” and he follows my girlfriend around the house like she’s his mom. She gives him nonstop attention. We can’t take him around strangers anymore, he lunged at a little girl the other day. Even my niece and nephew who he used to see (and grew up with) can’t go anywhere near him. The only people he doesn’t try to attack are myself, my girlfriend, my daughters, and my girlfriends brother who he spent a lot of time around recently and got used to.
I’m very scared he’s going to attack someone and get euthanized. He’s a great dog and very smart other than the aggression issues towards others. We did his DNA and found out he is 50/50 lab and pit bull mix. He also loves being around other dogs. Just not people. Why the change???

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
It is possible that he has grown attached to your girlfriend and is trying to protect her as he sees her as a weaker person with your family unit, but this aggression needs to be curbed; given his size and weight, I would more more inclined to recommend you seek help from a Behaviourist since most techniques would not be practical. Ignoring him after bad behaviour and a scolding, placing him in another room, putting him a crate among other techniques may help but professional in person help should be sought if he is lunging at little girls as there is little time to correct this behaviour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for the response. I completely agree that this is an “emergency” situation. I have contacted my vet to find a behavioral person to help us. Not to throw out who is right or wrong, but I’ve repeatedly told my girlfriend this in the past. I feel so bad because it’s not the dogs fault. The problem, as it is in most cases, is the owners, not the animal. Unfortunately if he were to bite someone, he would be the one who suffers (aside from lawsuits, etc on us, the owners). Thank you for your response and hopefully we can get this resolved. He’s such a good boy aside from the recent change. I’ll be sure to update this posting in the future to let you, and any other readers interested how this works out.

Add a comment to Corey Taylor's experience

Was this experience helpful?

sidney
Miniature Australian Shepherd
3 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Snappin
Growling
Showing teeth
Shallow Rapid Breathing
Biting
Whining
Attacking
Snapping

Hi, so my house consists of me, my 17 year old daughter,my 8 year old daughter, my 5year old son and our dog sidney. He is a 3 year old miniature Australian shepherd. I got him for my older daughter on Christmas when he was a pup. She takes care of him the most and he has the most respect for her(she is his superior ). Up until now he has behaved well. All of a sudden he is becoming aggressive and unpredictable in the house. He is fine during the day with just him and my older daughter in the house but when everyone is home he turns into another dog. What’s going on with him? He’s never been like this before always hyper and eager but never agressive. Help he has but my sons face who he normally loves to play with and has lunged for my younger daughter. I don’t know what to do if I get rid of him my older daughter would be so devestated. He has helped her a great deal and has made her less lonely . You could say she is her only friend and I don’t want to take that bond away from them.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without examining Sidney, I'm not sure why he has had this change in behavior. Some dogs do change behavior as they become adults, and if he isn't neutered, that may be part of the problem. It would be best to have him examined by your veterinarian to make sure that he doesn't have any underlying pain that might be causing him to act out, and it he seems healthy, a trainer would be the next step to work with him and change this aggressive behavior. Your veterinarian will be able to recommend a good trainer to work with him, and with your family. I hope that everything goes well for SIdney.

Add a comment to sidney's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Ernie
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
8 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Snarling

Medication Used

none

My son has a rescue staffie for 5 years now he was found abandoned and when first had him he had aggression issues towards strangers particularly males. He has done a fantastic job with him and he's a loveable well behaved dog. Recently he has shown serious aggression towards females in the family, snarling teeth barring, lunging when trying to remove his harness after a walk. This we have done many times without incident. It's really scary he's a big strong dog. My son is recently divorced am wondering if the fact the female of the house is no longer present he's felling anxiety. He had behavourial therapy at the beginning and issues were thought to be around abandonment. Do you have an advice please. Age is unknown thought between 8-10 years

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. WIthout a much more in-depth assessment, I can't comment on what might be the cause of Ernie's behavior. It does sound potentially dangerous, however, and I think the best thing to do would be to revisit the behaviorist. Things change, and he may need a refresher, along with your family. Your veterinarian will be able to help you find a good behaviorist if you don't have the contact info from your previous trainer. I hope that everything goes well for Ernie.

Add a comment to Ernie's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Ranger
Chihuahua/Beagle
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Territorial
Does not listen
reduced energy
reduced energ
temperemental
Snapping,
Aggression
anxiety
Submissive

In April of last year I adopted a beagle/chihuahua rescue from a shelter and he was a very high energy dog. He was also a very good pup, he would listen to me and never bark at anything or anyone. I am a college student and I live in an apartment, so he used to spend about four hours in his cage and I would come home and take him out to pee and for a walk. With my roomates last year, they loved dogs so he was basically free to roam about whenever someone was home. I had to go out of town a lot and also had to travel with him from Florida to Tennessee to flee the hurricane Irma. He used to eat any items left in my room, but that habit has mostly stopped. He also used to pee inside whenever he got excited or saw my boyfriend. At first we thought that it was just excitement, but then he began cowering toward him and being somewhat submissive. We tried various techniques such as giving him treats to approach him and letting him come to my boyfriend, and for a while it worked. I went back home for a month and two girls dog sat for me while I was away. One of the girls was afraid of dogs so I think that even thought they said they would take him out at least three times a day, he spent the most part for a month in his cage. Before going home, he began showing signs of submission, and since I have been back he has snapped at me three times and almost bitten me. I tried something simple as giving him a bath and he hid under my bed and snarled when I tried to get him out. I cannot afford dog training but I really want to help my pup to be happy. He has started being temperamental, one moment he will be happily walking outside with me, but now he barks and does not listen to me. Do you have any suggestions for what has seemed like onset submission turned into aggression? I have been walking him more, taking him for a run for 2 miles everyday, but I want to figure out why he is acting so weird all of a sudden.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
There are various causes for why Ranger has had this change in behaviour but most likely it is related to a lack of consistency and who knows what occurred whilst you were out of town. Behavioural issues are never straightforward and the approach needs to be tailored to each individual dog, but you need to start easing Ranger into different activities and punishing his bad behaviour. I am 99% sure this is purely behavioural, but to correct the behaviour you need to give Ranger a consistent life and know that he is being taken care of well; I cannot really recommend anything more unfortunately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Ranger's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Ranger
Chihuahua/Daschund
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

anxiety
Showing teeth
barking
Snarling
Hyper
Submissive

In April of last year I adopted a beagle/chihuahua rescue from a shelter and he was a very high energy dog. He was also a very good pup, he would listen to me and never bark at anything or anyone. I am a college student and I live in an apartment, so he used to spend about four hours in his cage and I would come home and take him out to pee and for a walk. With my roomates last year, they loved dogs so he was basically free to roam about whenever someone was home. I had to go out of town a lot and also had to travel with him from Florida to Tennessee to flee the hurricane Irma. He used to eat any items left in my room, but that habit has mostly stopped. He also used to pee inside whenever he got excited or saw my boyfriend. At first we thought that it was just excitement, but then he began cowering toward him and being somewhat submissive. We tried various techniques such as giving him treats to approach him and letting him come to my boyfriend, and for a while it worked. I went back home for a month and two girls dog sat for me while I was away. One of the girls was afraid of dogs so I think that even thought they said they would take him out at least three times a day, he spent the most part for a month in his cage. Before going home, he began showing signs of submission, and since I have been back he has snapped at me three times and almost bitten me. I tried something simple as giving him a bath and he hid under my bed and snarled when I tried to get him out. I cannot afford dog training but I really want to help my pup to be happy. He has started being temperamental, one moment he will be happily walking outside with me, but now he barks and does not listen to me. Do you have any suggestions for what has seemed like onset submission turned into aggression? I have been walking him more, taking him for a run for 2 miles everyday, but I want to figure out why he is acting so weird all of a sudden.
I have a dog that I adopted, Ranger, with the same mix about a year ago. He was such a happy pup and all of a sudden he has started showing teeth, growling at people and barking. He never used to bark, and he sleeps with me at night and snuggles close to me. With my boyfriend he started being somewhat submissive. Why these changes in behavior ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
There are various causes for why Ranger has had this change in behaviour but most likely it is related to a lack of consistency and who knows what occurred whilst you were out of town. Behavioural issues are never straightforward and the approach needs to be tailored to each individual dog, but you need to start easing Ranger into different activities and punishing his bad behaviour. I am 99% sure this is purely behavioural, but to correct the behaviour you need to give Ranger a consistent life and know that he is being taken care of well; I cannot really recommend anything more unfortunately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Ranger's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Juno
Labrador Retriever
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lunging
Growling

My dog Juno 2.5yrs old has a bad habit of lunging for faces of familiar people mostly my 8 yr old daughter but recently my 25 yr of friend who is staying with us. Advice?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. That would be a great habit to stop her from doing, as lunging at peoples faces and growling is not an endearing trait. It would be best to work with a trainer to work with her in stopping this behavior. Your veterinarian can help you find a good trainer in your area.

Add a comment to Juno's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Angus
pit bull terrier
5 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

barking growling walking toward me.

My wife adopted a stray pit bull and today I was sitting on my pc and he began to bark and growl at me for no reason he began to approach me too. What do I do? He began to randomly bark and growl at me and got up and began to approach me. While I sat at my pc

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. It would probably be a good idea to work with a trainer with Angus, since you don't know his history or what triggered him doing that. A good trainer will be able to identify any behavioral issues that he might have, and teach you how to work with him. Your veterinarian can recommend a trainer if you do not know of one in your area.

My wife thinks he was mad at me cus I didn´t give him any attention when he came in. He sits next to me half the day looking for me to pet him continuously. Could be that he just felt neglected?

Add a comment to Angus's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Buddy
golden retriever, chow chow, and german shepard
9 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

isolation
skiddish
hesitant
Growling

I have had my dog for almost 8 years, he is turning 10 in august. He has always been good with my family and adults. However, when it came to my sister and I's friends, he would growl and isolate himself. I used to see it as he doesn't trust them which is understandable considering we live in the same household as him, but now he is beginning to do that to my sister and I. I don't understand why but I have read online that it could possibly be him in pain and or dying. If you have any idea what this could be, please let me know.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
There are a variety of reasons for a dog to start becoming aggressive towards their owners and pain is one of those reasons; it is difficult to say specifically what the cause is but if you believe that Buddy is in pain you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine what the cause is and whether any management or treatment is required. It is possible this is all behavioural which may have been triggered by any number of causes; all you can do is punish aggressive behaviour and determine with your Veterinarian if he is in pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Buddy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Zeke
German Shepherd Blueheeler mix
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

anxiety
Lunging
Biting

Zeke would go after everyone except my mom and it's really concerning with my 16 year old brother. I don't know if it is a dominance thing or not but it also happens when he had food, treats or toys. We also just got a German Shepherd puppy and he goes after her a lot. We really don't know what to do now, please help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without examining Zeke and working with him, I can't do a lot over an email for him. If he isn't neutered, that might help, but it sounds like he needs to have a trainer work with him to deal with his aggression. Your veterinarian can recommend a trainer that works with aggressive dogs, and they can evaluate him and make recommendations for training. I hope that everything goes well for him.

Add a comment to Zeke's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Walter
Labrador Retriever
6 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

aggresion
Biting

My 6 month old Silver Lab has been a biter ever since we first got him. We had hoped this would go away with proper training and with his baby teeth falling out, but it has not fully subsided. We have seen some great improvement, but he is still aggressive and bitey towards new people. The real reason why I am writing this post is because as of this week he has been exhibiting some very odd behavior. He has now twice on a walk, lashed out and gone crazy. By crazy I mean out of nowhere during the walk he will turn around, bite the leash, bite my hands, growl, and basically try and bite and rip at my hands the same way he would with a toy. I am very concerned with this behavior as it has come out of nowhere and he just recently attacked our dog walker mid walk. Something that has never happened. Any advice would be much appreciated!

Thank you!
Al

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Walter is a young dog, and is very trainable at this point. It would be best to have a trainer work with him as soon as possible to curb this behavior before it escalates. A trainer will be able to identify the reason for his behavior and give you a plan to help stop it.

Add a comment to Walter's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Turbo
Boxer
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Aggression

I have a male boxer, he turned a year old in January. I have raised him since he was 6 weeks old. His home environment is stable, he gets plenty of exercise, and training. I have two boys (10&11). Just recently my boxer started to act aggressive towards only one of my sons, however it’s ONLY when my boxer is sitting/laying with me. If my son walks anywhere near me while my dog is with me, he will start growling and act like he’s going to go after him. My son and the dog have always gotten along great and they play, sit by each other, and sometimes nap together. I’m not sure why he is only aggressive towards my son when he is sitting with me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
Behavioural issues like this are never easy, especially since they are the best of friends when you’re not around; this would really be a case of punishing Turbo for growling each time to show that it is not acceptable behaviour and even making Turbo leave the room. Also, making Turbo witness you and your son sat together can help as well; just be careful if Turbo gets more aggressive. Sometimes these issues need to be seen by a professional, a visit to a Behaviourist can be useful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Turbo's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Winchester
Labrador
11 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

My dog has become aggrrsive towards my little sister. He will show his teeth, growl and bark at her and even some times jump at her. This can sometimes just be for her speaking to him normally? Is there anything that can correct this behaviour?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3317 Recommendations
When this behaviour occurs it is important to correct it immediately with a punishment which may include holding him down by the scruff of the neck, dragging him to his crate or placing him in another room (like a utility) with no toys etc… After a perio