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Our feature dog
trainer is John Bayreuther form Montreal, in Canada.
He has extensive experience in solving training
issues with pet dogs such as: toilet training, separation
anxiety, biting, excessive barking, dominant or
submissive dogs and different behavior problems.
is the owner of Canada
Dog Training, established in 2000. Dog
training has been his passion since childhood
and his many years of dedication to that activity
have earned him a vast amount of knowledge.
John trains his two Belgian Shepherds, Capo
and Rio for one of the most demanding of dog
sports, French Ring. He competes on a World
level and is the Canadian French Ring Level
2 Champion in 2007.
"We have Golden/Pit bull mix that we adopted
from a shelter. He just turned a year old and was
found on the streets where he seems to have been
roaming for some time before he was picked up. We
had him neutered in August and I have been training
him to come, stay, sit, heel. He learns fast and
is very eager to please. But there is one major
issue we cant seem to control. When I take him to
the park, he plays with and gets along with most
dogs. But, when a non neutered male comes into the
picture, he gets aggressive. He has never bitten
but he growls and goes after them. I would like
to know if there is anything I can do to cure him
of this? I am afraid of what will happen if he gets
in a fight with another dog. Can you help?
of the time dogs are talking loud while saying nothing.
All the growling and barking and showing of
teeth is posturing or in other words the way dogs
establish rank. I am not saying that your dog isn't
aggressive I am stating that most of his behaviors
are probably very normal. The fact that he reacts
differently with intact dogs is also a very regular
occurrence. This happens because an intact dog first
of all has a different odor than a neutered dog
and also because an intact dog will show some attitudes
and behaviors a bit more prominently than a fixed
dog. It is important to realize that there are many
things going on at the park....dogs playing and
establishing pecking orders, humans interacting
and many different types of distractions. It is
normal for a dog to be more alert or concerned about
it's place in the world in a place where he/she
is not "at home" or comfortable. It is
also very important to realize that dogs often react
to our human reactions and that stress on our part
or tension on the leash or even our body posture
can hint to our dog the way we feel. All this to
say that dogs also rely on us to "protect"
them to a certain extent. If a dog has it's "pack"
close by to help the chances of him testing other
dogs or imposing himself on
other dogs is higher.
There are many things that
come into play in a situation like this. To start,
try to always put YOURSELF in a position where you
are comfortable. If you are calm-your dog will be
calm. There are exercises that can be done to calm
your dog in certain situations as well which most
dog trainers can help you with. Educate yourself
and your dog it will only make your relationship
with your dog stronger while at the same time making
sticky situations easier to deal with.