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Hello,

I've got a 6 year old Beagle/Fox Terrier mix named Ozzy that is having problems with dog aggression when I take him out for walks. When he sees another dog, he will become distracted and will start whining. When the dog gets closer, he will begin to bark and snarl pretty ferociously. This scares most other owners away, but on the rare case when he's able to physically get close to the other dog, the barking and snarling stops completely and he calmly sniffs at the other dog - I have noticed that while he is in the middle of this, if I try to pull him away before he is done, he occasionally will start to bark again.

This started happening a couple of months ago when I moved into a condo. Previously I was in a house with a backyard. He's always been pretty good about meeting other dogs in the past and never had any problems with any dogs meeting in the backyard or at dog parks. While walking him in the past I noticed that he would whine when he saw another dog, but it would stay at that and he was easily controlled.

I walk him with a sporn style harness and have been using a pretty short leash (about 4 feet).

The way I've been attempting to handle this is by bringing treats when I walk him - as soon as I see another dog coming I wait until he's noticed the dog, then I get his attention and make him sit and lay down - if he remains still then I'll give him a treat and will keep doing so while he lays there. This has been working somewhat - he'll continue to whine, but won't start barking and pulling unless the dog comes close to him.

Any suggestions for what I should do here?
 

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Moving to a new home causes behavior changes in many dogs, so this isn't an unexpected problem you're having. To start, I wouldn't make your dog sit/lay down when another dog is coming. Dogs have a fight/flight reflex, and just being on a leash can cause a dog stress when another dog approaches, because it limits their mobility. Being made to lay down further restricts him and makes him vulnerable, and the stress can escalate. I'd give your dog treats when he first sees another dog and praise him for noticing. Think about how close he has to be before he starts barking, and give more treats before reaching that distance. If he show signs of agitation, turn calmly and walk in another direction. Don't wait until he's freaking out, or you'll lose the training benefit. What you're doing with this is replacing his feelings of frustration/fear at seeing another dog with positive feelings by providing praise and treats. I've had a lot of success with this method.
 

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Lots of dogs have problems on leashes. Actually, to me, it seems like your dog isn't acting out because he's really aggressive or fearful, but because he wants to meet the other dog, since you say he calmly sniffs when allowed to get close enough. But, he's angry that the leash is stopping him from doing what he wants as quickly as he wants.

But, still, this behavior should be dealt with, because, as you say, his barking and snarling can frighten dogs or owners.

You need to know your dog's threshold. In other words, how close can another dog be before your dog starts reacting. Then, when you see another dog approaching, keep your dog "under his threshold", at his safe distance, and praise or treat him for being calm. That means, if your dog freaks out when another dog is 10 feet away, but doesn't freak out at 12 feet away, keep him 12 feet away from the approaching dog, and praise him and treat him for being calm.

Gradually, you can try to shrink his safety zone, using this kind of treat program, so that he may gradually be able to control his behavior when he's 8 feet way, then maybe 5, then maybe can actually walk calmly by another dog at any distance.......
 

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Yes I really agree with that because if people get into adjusted to their environment it's also same as the animals specially for the dog. If you are looking for condos try to look for Toronto condos coz you will be glad to their service.
 
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