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How can I help my dog overcome fear or aggression towards other dogs?

Asked a year ago

Our dog is 4 years old and has never been in a fight or been bitten by another dog, yet he is always aggressive with other dogs and it makes our walks far less enjoyable. It also stops me from taking him to dog parks and coffee shops with me. What can I do?

Blaine Powell

Tuesday, April 04, 2023

Fear reactivity and aggression are two different things, but in either case, you should stay away from dog parks. For a dog having trouble dealing with his emotions, a dog park is a scary and overwhelming place with lots of triggering sounds and smells. Take quiet walks instead and reward your dog for not barking when another dog passes by (and ignore and keep walking if he does). If the problem is severe, consider reaching out to a trainer for help.

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