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Dog attacks me on walks

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Hello everyone, I have a year old male husky named Bear. He's really friendly with other dogs and people but he does have a tendency to jump. We tend to ignore that since he's young but we don't encourage it in any way.

The main problem with Bear here is during walks, he randomly jumps on me and bites my arm and hand. A couple months prior I realized he did this when I looked into his eyes so I stopped doing that, but now he does it without any prior action from me.

I've been trying to see what's a possible trigger for this action but it's varied. A couple times he did it after I pulled him away from dogs that weren't friendly, so he couldn't say hi. Sometimes he does it because I took a too big stick away from him. Mostly he does it randomly. I've read that ignoring him sometimes helps since he might be excited and looking to play but his bites are quite forceful and I can't ignore them. He's also big so I can't ignore him when he jumps to my height level.

A little bit history on Bear. He's usually quite obedient as he waits for a command to go eat and he obediently goes in his crate when we get home (this is because he's destructive). He used to have a food aggression problem from 3months to 10months with humans only and didn't like us touching him while eating but he's gotten over this. I take him on long walks daily, for about 1.5 hours, since he's a big dog and he's tired when he gets home.

I'm so worried about what's causing this. He's usually the sweetest dog. This started recently, about a month ago. I appreciate any help!

I forgot to add, I've been dealing with his attacks buy holding the side of his collar for about 5 minutes and not making eye contact and telling him no. After a while he calms down and keeps walking. Today, he jumped and attacked after I gave him a treat for listening when I told him to stop pulling. šŸ˜’
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It sounds like an over arousal issue and/or redirection. Working with a trainer, either in person or via video consultation is probably your best option. THese are some good places to start looking for a trainer:

What you don't want is a trainer who uses electronic collars or other highly aversive methods.
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