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Im having aggression issues with my Labrador. My 2 year old male lab is having aggression issues with the dog we live with (not ours). He will get possessive over anything sometimes objects or even people, and will lash out and attack the little dog. We have lived with this other dog for over a year now and the problem seems to be getting worse. My dog gives really no warning and will launch into a full attack when it appears to be no apparent reason. It can be over toys or a bone, if someone comes to the house, if the dogs are barking at someone outside, or even if they are near each other. He has never been aggressive over his food bowl or water bowl. He has a couple times growled at other dogs or people if he is unsure about them when he is with me. Like he is protecting me. I have learned that facing him and confronting him face on when he does this with a big athorative no seems to have helped a lot.

The other dog is a chiwhawha x foxy - not fixed and is very dominant. Often biting or trying to dominate my dog which he puts up with and never seems to bother him. He is never aggressive with people (although as mentioned above has barked or growled at people if he is unsure of them - this has always been outside the house), he hasn't had any possessive behaviours with people taking his things. Really just the dog we live with. We had a dog behaviourist come and assess the situation but this really has not helped. I did not think his advice was not quite right at the time and I guess then I did not realise my dog had a possessive aggression. But after reading someone elses post I think this is what it is. The behaviourist said he felt the two dogs were fighting for dominence of the house which is probably true, but don't think it explains my dogs aggression outside the house with other dogs and growling at people. This happens rarely however, maybe 4 times.

We will be moving out of this house and away from the other dog at the end of this year but I would love to work with them and try and help fix the problem if I can. My dog does seem to be getting worse with his attacks and I want him to get better if at all possible. He is the best, most loving dog normally and I hate to see that side of him. It is horrible when he attacks as it hard to snap him out of his fight mode. We have to keep them separated afterwards and if they are together constantly monitor them just incase.

I read up in the NILIF program and to be honest I do do most of those things. I always make his sit before he is aloud to do anything and he never demands my attention. Maybe just rewarding him with he shares or plays with the other dog may be the best way to help this situation.

Any advice would be appreciated.
 

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Not sure if you're still around but I feel your pain. I'm not able to have my wonderful dog around other dogs anymore. He's only 3 but too unpredictable. Each case is different, but it's something I'd love to fix if possible. Last night he hurt our friend's new, young dog after seeming to be in love with her the prior three hours. Think it was over a tennis ball. Last week he bit my dad's dog who he's been with every wed the past year. I haven't witnessed every incident, but there's been too many to keep doing what I'm doing.
 

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Hi Samej,

Unfortunately my situation with my beautiful dog got much much worse to the point of people aggression. To this day we are still unsure if it was either a. frustration due to lack of understanding from us and not dealing with the dog on dog aggression correctly b. hereditary c. Mental illness / pain related. Different dog specialists had different opinions but in the end my boys aggression turned very nasty (yet occasionally) and he hurt a few people. Very unpredictably and no real sense of pattern. We ended up making the VERY hard decision to have him euthanised after many attempts to try and rehabilitate him. That is definitely not what I think you should do in your situation. I can only suggest getting professional help if you feel you want to try and help his dog / on dog aggression or if possible just keep him away from other dogs :) A theory with one of our trainers was that my dog must of had a couple fights and won each and then took that in his memory that that was how he could act in situations where he felt he was frustrated and wanted to get his way. Whether that be winning over a toy or an area of space or just angry that another dog was around me. But in the end he would get aggressive with people and we couldn't really pin point why. They were all different situations. Anyway I would seek professional help / advice from a dog trainer. Maybe even a few. If I had done it sooner and got the right advice I may have been able to save him. But I will never know that now. Best of luck with your dog.
 

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Very sorry to hear your story, and I hope mine doesn't end the same. I've consulted trainers in the past with little help, although not enough follow-through on my part I'm sure. My boy is a GSD mix rescue, was ~8 mos old and a stray so I'm sure didn't have a perfect upbringing. Had a few nipping issues early with him and one of my kids (I have 3, aged 6 - 11) so it's always a concern. But he's an awesome, intelligent, obedient, loves to please dog. And his only thing now seems to be issues with "problem resolution" with other dogs. He doesn't seriously injure, but he's dominant, and I decided a while ago that the dog park wasn't a good place for him. Started out great though. Isolating him from other dogs is unfortunate because we have a very large, fenced yard and friends with dogs. He prefers human interaction though: balls and frisbees, so probably harder on me than him :)
 
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