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Q. I got my dog as a guard dog and he has unpredictable episodes of aggression to other dogs. How do I keep him from killing other dogs.
I have a 3 year old castrated Anatolian Shepherd, weighs 160 pounds; I weigh 110. I live part time (8 months) in Costa Rica, and I got him as a guard dog. He is great as a perimeter defense dog, because his size and bark are terrifying. Nobody breaks into my house. However, he has unpredictable episodes of aggression to other dogs. Worst with males, but has attacked females. He is trained in formal obedience, and has no trouble on airplanes, crowds, etc. He is great with people, cats, chickens, bunnys, children. When he explodes, he drags me into the dirt, and attacks random dogs. I live in a high crime, dangerous area and he does protect me and my home. I want advice on how to keep him from killing other dogs. (I am a psychiatrist, husband professor of animal behavior at University of Wa.) A prong collar helps, electric collar just makes him mad. Clearly, I can't just let loose, ever. What do you think about Prozac or drugs? I think I need a muzzle! Thanks.

A. I am not a fan of using drugs to treat something that training can resolve. Drugs are overused for treating “normal” dog behavior. Uncontrolled aggression is typically a product of the dog not respecting your leadership in all situations. With that said, personally, I am not sure I would be able to physically handle a 160 lb dog!

The recommendations I would have would be to get a properly sized muzzle and accustom him to wearing it. We have directions on how to measure the dog for a muzzle on this page.

I would also recommend a dominant dog collar and would start him with our groundwork program.

I’d recommend Pack Structure for the Family Pet and Dealing with Dominant & Aggressive Dogs.

When dogs behave like yours, it’s important to put yourself in the leadership role in all instances. This can only be done by starting over with pack structure training and firm handling. I’m fairly certain that this dog is showing other signs of disrespect that you may not recognize.

We also have a number of eBooks, which include topics that may help you.

The fact that you mention the ecollar makes him “MAD” leads me to believe it was used incorrectly. Too many people wait until the dog is already stimulated or upset and then push the button which stimulates the aggression. Ecollars should be introduced and conditioned away from any exciting or stimulating events, if you wish to learn more about how we introduce it I’d recommend Electric Collar Training for the Pet Owner.

If you wait until the dog is already interested in another dog or is already fixated on a distraction, it’s too late. You need to interrupt behavior before it even starts regardless of the type of training tools you are using.

Cindy Rhodes
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Dealing with Dominant and Aggressive Dogs
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In my DVD, I provide 3 1/2 hours of information to help people solve their problems with dominant dogs and aggressive dogs. This information is based on 45 years of experience training dogs. For the last 30 years I have studied the art of protection training dogs. I was a police K9 handler for 10 years, and was chairman of the training committee for the WI police dog association for a number of those years. I have bred German Shepherds for police service work for 28 years. During this time I have bred over 350 litters of working dogs. I have dogs from my kennel working in law enforcement, Search and Rescue and competing in Schutzhund all over this country. No one I know in the United States can make these claims.

Dominant Dog Collar
Dominant Dog Collar
This collar is not intended to give a painful correction. It is intended to take the air away from a dominant aggressive dog. More dogs are put to sleep everyday for aggression problems than they are properly trained. Killing a dog must ALWAYS be the last resort. Learning how to use a dominant dog collar can and will often make the difference between having a dog put down or ending up as a pack leader and a dog the you can live with. Some dogs will often get over-stimulated by a prong collar resulting in a more hectic and aggressive dog. The Dominant Dog Collar is designed to be used on handler aggressive or dog aggressive dogs. Using a Dominant Dog collar correctly on the takes the drive and fight out of the dog. Leerburg's Dominant Dog Collars If you have a problem with dog aggression or a dominant dogs, we recommend that you get the Dealing with Dominant and Aggressive Dogs DVD. We also have an extensive collection of articles pertaining to dominant and aggressive dogs We recommend you read the article on Dealing with the Dominant Dog written by Ed Frawley. Individuals who use this collar for handler aggression should have their dog undergo through a solid pack structure program. For adult dogs, we recommend the Establishing Pack Structure with the Family Pet DVD. For puppies, we recommend the Living with Your Puppy - Establishing Pack Structure DVD. Due to government restrictions, countries such as Australia and a few in Europe do not allow the use of remote or electric collars. These dominant dog collars are a viable alternative.

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Establishing Pack Structure with the Family Pet
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The goal of our pack structure training program is to produce a dog that is calm and submissive and a dog that follows the rules of the pack leader. This DVD teaches people how to become a pack leader that their dog respects and loves. Most people are not born pack leaders. In fact, far from it. The majority of dog owners (many who have owned dogs their entire life) simply do not know anything about the instincts that control our dogs or how strong these instincts are in the domestic dog. Oh people may have heard that they need to be a pack leader or they may have heard they need to be an ALPHA with their dog but they do not understand what this really means or how to accomplish it.


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