HELP with aggressive behavior - please

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by Clutchhammer, Sep 1, 2021.

  1. Clutchhammer

    Clutchhammer New Member

    My nearly 2 year old English Mastiff ran through our invisible fence and viciously attacked the neighbors dog.
    She is the most laid back, loving dog I have ever owned and I cannot wrap my head around what happened.
    She is well loved and well behaved but this event has me so confused.
    I simply need some guidance.
    I do not want to give her up :(
    Any advice on what steps I should take would be so greatly appreciated.
    Thank you very much!!!
  2. Loverboy Skyline

    Loverboy Skyline Well-Known Member

    I'll go with the obvious one. Get a physical fence that she cannot escape.
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  3. glen

    glen Super Moderator Staff Member

    Your girl could be ok with100 dogs, see the same dog and be ok 1 day then the next something can trigger a fight. Shes on her property, please get a good strong solid fence put up asap to protect your girl and others, i wouldnt leave her outside unless you are with her until this is done.
    This doesnt mean shes a viscious dog,and you dont have to give up on her, did you witness what started the attack, is the other dog a female, my eldest cc as same sex aggression.
  4. Loverboy Skyline

    Loverboy Skyline Well-Known Member

    I agree. The best dog I ever had was my American Bulldog. His temperament was like a Golden Retreiver but even more loyal and even more affectionate. Everyone who met him, from dog sitters, to vets, to boarding facilities, to strangers we met, loved him. He would have been an excellent therapy dog. The best thing about him was that he worked so hard to please me. I could train him to do anything (protection, obedience, hog catching, weight pulling, you name it) and he did it happily and with his heart totally in it. I still think of him, and when I'm gone, that is the dog I want to reunite with again.

    What was his biggest temperamental flaw? He would never back down to any dog. He wasn't quick to start a fight, but if he sensed another dog was possibly challenging him, there would be a fight and it would be ugly. So I was very careful not to put him in a situation where it could happen. That was the only flaw I had to work around, but it was worth it.
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  5. glen

    glen Super Moderator Staff Member

    Thats just how my eldest cc is, budcuss will ignore, thats with a lot of training, he wont approach a dog, he wont start it, but as thr saying goes he finishes it. I can see by the approaching dogs body language there is going to be a challenge, budcuss wont tolerate it.
    We live in the countryside, cattle around us, walkers with dogs, so our fencing is strong, then a hawthorn hedge that no one could get through.

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