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    Re: Aggression towards other dogs

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    Re: Aggression towards other dogs

    I have a slightly different problem with my boxer. She was a rescue dog and I got her just shy of her 2nd b-day. She was VERY friendly with all dogs she came into contact with. She loved meeting and greeting different dogs and all she wanted to do was play. She is now 41/2 and she has become extremely dog aggressive. I noticed the change within the last 6 months. First she would be aggressive with only larger dogs, but now it's with every dog no matter how little or big. She just about ripped into a tiny mutt she met at the pet store the other day and I was soooooo humiliated and apologized profusely. The ONLY thing I can come up with is that she is not being socialized as much as she used to be. For the past yr and a half I have been working graveyards so she doesn't get out to meet other dogs like she used to. Her aggression has gotten so bad that I am afraid to even take her to her favourite park for walks.

    Any suggestions?


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    Re: Aggression towards other dogs

    Since she used to be very friendly and you say she hasn't been attacked - I would start with a complete physical at the vet's. I have heard several peopel say that Lyme's can make a dog aggressive. Not to say that is the problem, but with MAJOR attitude changes, I would rule out the physical first.

    Once you rule out physical issues, you should seek out a trainer or behaviourist. They will be able to see your dog, read his body language and help you through this.

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    Re: Aggression towards other dogs

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    Lilac has some good advice.

    Ruling out anything physically wrong would be a help... my thinking is
    maybe she's in pain from something.

    Dogs who are well socialized early on don't usually revert back even
    after not being around other dogs for a while.

    Good luck.
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