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Hi everyone,

I could use some help here. I have a two year old Lab-mix. She's very tame and lovable. She was raised with my parents dogs and is great with people and pets alike. Since I've moved out to Los Angeles, I now live in an apartment complex. This of course requires me to walk her. We usually walk for about an hour or two everyday. My neighborhood has a lot of pets in it and (for the most part) they are all constricted to their yards via fences and gates. Now I've never had this problem before (with any of my other dogs nor my parents') but when I take her on these walks, the dogs in the neighborhood go absolutely crazy. Boy dogs/ Girl dogs, they all attack their fences looking as though they would like nothing more than to hurt her. The neighborhood chihuahuas actually come out of their fences and try to chase us (although we both ignore it.) Like I said, she is completely tame, She shows no signs of aggression, completely ignores them and minds her own business, but they bark and scrape and look as though they want blood.

She is not spayed (I do plan on breeding her, so no lectures please.) but she is not in heat right now. It's been about a year of this and honestly it seems like the problem is getting worse. Is she taunting them in some way? Do they not like her because she's being walked and they aren't? Is the problem that she's not spayed. Do I just live in a neighborhood of aggressive dogs? I've seen other dogs walk by and the dogs don't go berserk on them. I've waited too long on this matter this is starting to get to me and I wonder if it gets to her. If anyone could help me out on this matter, with a likely solution I would, we would, be very grateful.

Thank You.
 

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Almost all dogs will bark and lunge at a fence or if they're tied. Barrier frustration. If they were loose they probably wouldn't be aggressive.

I have no idea why you'd breed a Lab mix when they're dying by the thousands in shelters. Of all mixes, there is really very little demand for Lab mixes. What would you do if there were no takers and you got stuck with a dozen Lab mix puppies?
 

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Almost all dogs will bark and lunge at a fence or if they're tied. Barrier frustration. If they were loose they probably wouldn't be aggressive.

I have no idea why you'd breed a Lab mix when they're dying by the thousands in shelters. Of all mixes, there is really very little demand for Lab mixes. What would you do if there were no takers and you got stuck with a dozen Lab mix puppies?
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Here's some good reading for you.
 

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Going for walks in my neighborhood is dangerous because all but a couple of the dogs are on rickety chains or tieouts. It's inconceivable for me to take my chihuahua on daily walks because he can barely even use the bathroom in his own yard without being attacked by neighboring dogs.
Your dog isn't taunting them, they're just most likely under-socialized, under-exercised and frustrated and/or territorial.


Also if this statement is correct "(I do plan on breeding her, so no lectures please.)", if you didn't mean to put 'not' in there, you're going to be lectured about it.
Assuming you MEANT to say you ARE planning on breeding her... why would you do this? You have a lab mix and shelters are filled with them by the thousands. The world surely doesn't need anymore.
 
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