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Has anyone else had this type of problem? My husky mix is a therapy dog, generally very calm and reliable. When we run into a lab at the dog park or around the lake, he just goes berserk and tries to attack. I don't recall any episode where he felt threatened by a lab or retriever, but it is really a problem. I got him when he was about 11 weeks old. This issue developed about a year ago. He is 3 1/2 now. He is so strong and it's all I can do to keep him under control if we run into a lab or retriever. (Plus it makes me really sad and I feel bad for the other dogs and owners.) Any suggestions would be appreciated!
 

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my GSD's always had a curiosity about flat ear dogs,, they have to investigate touching their ears (oh dude so sorry they didn't come up lol) I always found it so funny about them... The most unnerving beginners class I ever took one of my guys too was ending up the only GSD in a full class of Bird dog breeds... (they wiggle, lots of motion, all the time these breeds are in motion using all parts of their bodies) poor Blade was un nerved over it being so different... He got use to it that it's just the way there were.. The things about some dogs there is passive aggressive,, the staring down, at your dog that you might not notice... but that would be an experience as a pup to hold on to... What I did for Blade in that class the first 15 minutes of him lunging acting like he wanted to take one out is ( I left him to fight for himself, to finish it since he so badly wanted to , and not have my support or the lead to to stop him) When I drop the lead and walked briskly away for his negative behavior without a word, he froze turned and ran to follow me, and I made him work for my attention as I kept walking and he was nudging me to give attention to him.. then I stopped and petted him and we walked back to be a part of the group... any time he got so focused and acted up about the other dogs in the class I left him.. that was the consequences of his behavior,, he does that, I leave him... I so dis like fakers taking advantage of me (using me).....

I did have him on a lite long line with an assistant holding it just in case he really was bold enough to go start a physical fight.. I didn't think so,, but safety is always important..... he didn't want to fight on his own... he settled down after 3 times of leaving him.. and never had a problem with these dogs or other dogs from that time ..... It was his first exposure and reaction,, I just wasn't going to play with him further then the first 15 minutes of doing it... Doesn't matter to me if Blade likes bird dogs or not,,, it does matter that he don't use me for his confidence...
 

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Have you tried a shock collar? You could train at home with it using the verbal warning then vibrate then shock. You could use a stuffed dog in the yard and train him on leash to stay away, not approach the dog. And reward with treats. The shock collar is controversial but may be important if you cannot physically control your dog on walks.
 

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I'm not sure a shock collar would be a good idea... Some dogs barely notice a shock when they are really riled up. You could also accidentally teach your dog that seeing another lab causes pain. I've personally never used a shock collar, so this is just from what I've read. Maybe try using positive methods first? If it's getting to be so serious, could you take your dog to a trainer/behaviour specialist?

Best of luck!
 

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I think many people get confused on what shock collars and the vibration collars are actually used for, and i can tell you right now that it is NOT for aggression.

I think your dog should be introduced to a lab, in an on-leash, controlled environment setting. Your goal would be to get you dog comfortable with another lab (not necessarily playing ect..)

I too think you should talk to a trainer or behaviourist.


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to answer the question, yes, we had Boxers that hated poodles (the standard ones) no idea why, they are lovely dogs....
 

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Have you tried a shock collar? You could train at home with it using the verbal warning then vibrate then shock. You could use a stuffed dog in the yard and train him on leash to stay away, not approach the dog. And reward with treats. The shock collar is controversial but may be important if you cannot physically control your dog on walks.
Sorry to be so blunt. but this is a stupid idea.

shock collars for aggression will usually only heighten the aggression
that or the dog will horrible terrified of other dogs.
 
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