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We have been taking Toopie out trying to socializing him as best as possible, but now he is getting worse. If people come over to him he growls violently and barks and snaps at them. He hasn't bitten anyone. But I'm afraid he will. He is alright around other animals. If a dog doesn't let him smell their butt he gets grumpy but other than that he is ok. He's not food aggressive, he doesn't chase cars/bikes or cats. He went to training school and we are going back because he didn't get everything down. I just need some advice on how to help him. He is such a sweet boy, but no one believes me.
 

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I personally would look into customized training e.g. specifically for aggression, It's pretty involved but it can get really out of hand if not dealt with. I think it's about being the pack leader etc.

When I first started taking Gretel out I was SO worried she was going to snap at someone and while she was very suspicious she tolerates people interaction now.

So, my opinion is to look into training as there isn't really a fix for that without an overhaul and if you let them go too long you can end up with a bigger problem :(
 

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Are you correcting him?? His behaviour is not acceptable at all he WILL bit someone if he's snapping. If he isn't neutered get him neutered.

You need to make him realise he is bottom of the pack he does what u say when you say if he tries to lunge block him if he growls correct him with a ah ah and a sharp poke in his neck or hip area... If he strys snarling snapping and lunging pin him on his side and hold himdoen until he stops screaming and squirming and is calm.. He must stay like that until you say get up!! This is going to be a lot of work for you!! He is a puppy and just hitting adolescence he IS going to get worse as he hiss adult hood if you don't put a stop to it!

Google nilif and be strict with him
 

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If we're at home and he does it he goes straight to the room until he calms down. But I don't know what to do if we're in the petstore or at the park. he is neutered.
 

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What I would do is the NILIF (Nothing in Life is Free) method which means he has to do something to get something, such as go for a walk he has to sit, sitting for food, attention etc, and make sure to treat him. I would find a Positive reinforcement trainer as negative training with this type of behavior almost always makes it worse. I would put him in time out when he acts out, (such as crate or another room) he has to 'earn' the privilege of greeting guests. Is there a particular treat he likes above anything else? Have people that come over to your house (only if he's behaving) offer him treats to help him see they are okay. Also if he's not neutered, I would recommend neutering ASAP. I'm not a fan of the 'alpha' roll as I've seen it ruin more than one dog and make them worse in their behavior. IMO the alpha roll should only be done by a Behavior Specialist and even then I'm not sure there's a call for it. Wolves don't alpha roll other dogs in the wild it's something that is a sign of submission (when another wolf shows belly to another one). I would strongly find a trainer to help you get through this issue.

Here are some books that might be helpful (you can find some of these at the local library.
Mine!” (resource guarding) and “Fight!” (dog-dog aggression), by Jean Donaldson, and “Biting” and “Fighting,” by Ian Dunbar, DVM.

“Feisty Fido,” by Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., and Karen London, Ph.D., discusses on-leash aggression toward other dogs. Be sure to get the new second edition.

Pat Miller’s Positive Perspectives: Love Your Dog, Train Your Dog and Positive Perspectives 2: Know Your Dog, Train Your Dog are valuable general resources.

Finally, Janis Bradley’s Dogs Bite: But Balloons and House Slippers Are More Dangerous is indispensable for putting the whole problem of dog bites into perspective. The title says it all, and Bradley backs up her position with meticulous research.
 

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I would keep going with a trainer or behaviourist. People aggression is very serious and just because he is little doesnt mean he couldnt be deemed a dangerous dog.
Be very careful about stopping him growling/barking at people. This is his way of warning people away, if you take that away he may go straight to biting.:( (I wouldnt dream of giving advice for a problem like this online but I hope you get help for him.);)
 

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I just adopted a Chi/Jack Russell mix. She was so sweet the 1st few weeks I got her ( and still is with me), but within the last few days she has become a biter. I had neighbor girls over (12 & 13) & they were watching tv. One of them got up off the couch & my dog bit her in the face!! Didnt break skin but I have to break this right away!! She is 2, seems very smart but I have no other history. Please help!!!
 
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