Territorial Aggression directed towards neighbor's dog, Help, anyone?
Hey, I'm knew to this forum and I'm getting a little frazzled by my dogs behavior. Hes about 9 months old and hes a small dog, meaning his training as already been more difficult, but so far I have felt like I've done an ok job.
He does get territorial over the front porch that my neighbor and I share and which my dog spends a lot of his time on. About 2 months ago my neighbor get a puppy himself and my dog cannot stomach it. I've tried having us both just spend time on the porch together and trying to get them used to eachother and tried to scold him when he reacts in a way I find unacceptable. I do not hit him and I try to find out what will set him at ease but he still gets very agitated when this puppy is around on the porch and he has tried to attack her.
I make sure to not let anything escalate, but he needs to learn that other dogs on the porch are ok. I've tried giving treats but maybe I haven't done it consistently enough. Perhaps if I just tried to make him respond to commands when she is around and rewarding him with treats when he does what I ask?
Has anyone had this problem and if so what have you done to rectify it? Any suggestions?
Thankyou in advance for any help you can give!