MemberJuly 25, 2009 at 5:10 pm004
I am interested in any input you may have on both in pack aggression along with general dog on dog aggression. I just finished a job about two months ago that had to do with in pack dog aggression. A young married couple with two female pit bulls. The husband was suddenly deployed to Iraq. These dogs were both rescues. The older female kept attacking the younger dog anytime they were outside playing. Some of the attacks were some what severe. I put the wife, who was a very timid and weak pack leader on my “ground work” program (very similar to your pack structure info). Then moved into obedience training of both dogs. Once obedience was completed, We began to work the dominant female on a long line with a muzzle. Letting the dogs play and interact together, correcting and blocking any signs of aggression. I also showed the wife how using a bite tug in play and for motivation can be a great outlet for dogs who want to bite or to help with what you term restless spirit. (loving that term) That is the short version, but I am happy to report that they have not had an incident in over 2 months. I just began another job where an 8 year old pit rescue is biting small dogs in motions….talk about some prey drive. Will post as I go and update on that job.
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