• Teresa Stanczak

    March 8, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Hi Stephanie,

    Welcome to the forums!

    First let me say, it is never a bad idea to consult a professional when dealing with aggression issues.

    In the meantime, have you read through the self help section of the website? If not work your way through the triangle, starting from the first layer up.
    Also see the section on establishing a relationship.

    What you are trying to do by giving a treat for calm behavior is helpful and along the right lines. If you notice on the triangle obedience is below desensitizing. Solid obedience can make desensitizing and counterconditioning easier to accomplish. You can still work on these things while you are building his obedience, if you are able to set him up for success.
    It would be best if you were able to use the treats to redirect him to you as soon as he notices another dog. That way he never gets stimulated to the level where he is reactive. You should use really high value treats, and make sure that he is hungry (perhaps before a meal).
    Distance will be helpful in reducing his reactivity.

    This is a good starting point.

    Let me know once you have read through the self help section . It should put a lot of things into perspective.