Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog Discussions and Dog Talk Forums > Dog Training Forum


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-30-2005, 10:45 PM
wagginwookie wagginwookie is offline
Active Pup
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 9
Default Dominance Aggression?

I have a 6 year old pitbull and his behavior changed like someone flipped a light switch. It started a couple days ago when I grabbed his collar to take him to his chain out side and the hair on his back raised and he snarled. I yelled at him and he growled louder. Since then my dogs just been acting strange. The get down command off the (MY!!) bed used to work in a flash now he growls. My dogs constanly looking at me with suspision like he dosent trust me, when pass in a hall way sometimes his tail stops wagging. Its spooky. Another thing I noticed is he can not stay still. He walks all around the house whining room to room he just entered my room for the 5 time whining while laying on the ground staring at me if I dont look at him he will go stare at the wall for a few with his back facing me. The other night I heard him walking around then he howled, thats the first time I heard him howl in 6 years. I aslo think he might be smelling a female in heat and thats why hes doing the roaming the house etc. I dont have a clue. What do you think? Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-30-2005, 11:49 PM
Zoom's Avatar
Zoom Zoom is offline
Twin 2.0
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 40,737
Default

You might take him to the vet and get him checked out to make sure there isn't a physical reason for his being so antsy. He could be in some sort of pain.

Two things I'm curious about: 1) why isn't he neutered? and 2) why and for how long do you keep him chained outside?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-31-2005, 12:14 AM
amymarley amymarley is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 719
Default

i won't even go there
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-31-2005, 01:05 AM
Chithedobe's Avatar
Chithedobe Chithedobe is offline
Big Dog
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 151
Default

I'm with Zoom... Why isn't he neutered and how long is he kept chained? Definitely get the dog to the vet soon. There has to be some reason for him to be acting so out of character... I can understand you assuming that a female in heat may be the cause of his aggitation but he's 6 yrs old, has he ever acted like this before? I mean I'm sure that more than one in-season female has been around the area in the past 6 years...


~Tracy
__________________
~Tracy

Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-31-2005, 01:19 AM
Whitedobelover
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

you dont have to answer yourself to anyone on why he isnt nuetered... however you should go to the vet see what is going on... if it is agression it may be pain agression nothing more or less... then agian it may be dominance because you may not have been showing him who is boss... however just go to the vet nothing else just go
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-31-2005, 02:42 AM
Doberluv's Avatar
Doberluv Doberluv is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: western Wa
Posts: 21,934
Default

I agree to have him seen by a vet. He should have a complete blood panel done, including his thyroid. Thyroid imbalances can cause behavioral changes and so can other things, such as brain tumors or other pain.

Keep him off your bed. Do not yell at him if he growls. Motivate him to get off your bed and reward him for getting off with a treat. Make it as fun as possible to obey you. Don't try to dominate him. Do not get into a contest of wills with a dog or put him on the defensive by doing anything which resembles an attack to him. Grabbing his collar may have appeared this way to him since dogs grab eachother by the throat or neck in an attack. Do not interupt the growl-bite sequence. He is giving you a warning and if you punish him for that, he may very well go straight to the bite.

If there is nothing found medically wrong, then I suggest a certified, reputable behaviorist at this point, to observe how you and he interact and to evaluate just what is going on. This sounds too potentially serious to rely on the Internet. You may need some hands on help. In the mean time, impliment NILIF. http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/nothingfree.htm
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-31-2005, 03:33 AM
Chithedobe's Avatar
Chithedobe Chithedobe is offline
Big Dog
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 151
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Whitedobelover
you dont have to answer yourself to anyone on why he isnt nuetered...
You're right, nobody has to answer anything here when it comes down to it... Although in this particular thread the request for help provided ambiguous information at best. Answers to certain questions like, why isn't he neutered? It is in your power to have him neutered? Would help those who are more familiar with behavioral problems provide more exact advice. Maybe this person isn't the one who makes the decisions concerning the pet... Maybe the person who owns this dog is for one reason or another against neutering his/her pet and with the information provided by very knowlegable people here will change their opinion and realize it may be in the best interest of the dog and society to have him neutered...

~Tracy
__________________
~Tracy

Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-31-2005, 03:49 AM
Doberluv's Avatar
Doberluv Doberluv is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: western Wa
Posts: 21,934
Default

I don't think being intact is the cause of this sudden change in behavior at his nearly ripe age. A visit to the vet is in order and the vet can be consulted about this too.

And not all people agree with automatically neutering their animals. Not all people who have intact animals let them breed indiscriminately or cause other problems. There are health pro's and con's in both neutered and intact dogs. I don't think the poster should be put on the spot on why his dog isn't neutered. That is a personal choice. And as long as his dog isn't running rampant, producing unwanted pups or disturbing people, there's nothing wrong with having an intact dog. If a couple of vets have the opinion that neutering would solve this behavior problem, then that would be recommended. But I seriously doubt that that is the cause of this. Lots of people have intact dogs and they certainly don't have this going on.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-31-2005, 06:18 AM
Chithedobe's Avatar
Chithedobe Chithedobe is offline
Big Dog
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 151
Default

Doberluv,
I absolutely agree that the probability of his new found aggressive reactions stemming from him being intact is small - which is why in my original post I asked if he had ever acted like this before. I don't think that anyone is trying to put the original poster on the spot - I know that I certainly am not. I also do not think it is a cardinal sin to have an intact dog. I do however think - and am sure that many people will agree - that several behavioral problems can be helped and or completely averted if an animal is altered.
Let me rephrase my original question. Why is he intact? Is he intact for breeding purposes or for show that would prohibit you from having him altered? If not, you may want to consider the possibility of having him neutered - it may not solve the problems but it certainly won't hurt to try. By all means, like I said in my original post, seek advice from your vet.
__________________
~Tracy

Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-31-2005, 07:18 AM
oriondw oriondw is offline
user not active
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2,039
Default

I also think that might be a dog in heat.

When my guy smells a dog in heat he'll be very uneasy around anyone but me.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:51 AM.


1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site