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    Hi guys,

    My Tonka is a neutered male, and he will be 4 years old this July. Ever since he turned 3, he has started to develop some aggression issues. When he was younger, he was the sweetest boy! He LOVED other dogs. On walks, the other dogs that live in our building, and the dog park etc. he was so excited and would sit and wiggle and wait until they came near him and he was always the one to be submissive first and then playful. Even if a dog snapped at him, he remained calm/submissive.

    Then at about 3 this started to change and now when we see other dogs in our building he lunges forward aggressively barking at them! There was a silver lab pup that he used to love to play with and now he hates it. He will literally pin her down, barking in her face and will never bite other dogs, but just sort of nip, with a soft mouth if you know what I mean by that. Last night on our walk he went up to a little dog to sniff and we thought he looked OK and then he lunged and started barking. People literally now think our dog is a "bully"!

    If he is off or on leash, he does the same thing - will get right in their face barking at them aggressively. Thankfully they have all been very submissive and he hasn't gotten in the face of a mean dog. This happens regardless if it is me or my boyfriend walking him and it happens in our building as well as on walks.

    Where did my sweet boy go? I am afraid to take him to the dog park or anywhere there are other dogs now. Does anyone know why this changed or have you experienced this? We are so frustrated .

    Oh, and I should mention I have seen him bark at a couple people if they are just walking into our building or startle him in some way but with people he is usually OK.

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    hey Meggs -- good to see you!


    Has anything else changed in the schedule or routine? Any other changes in his behavior at home.... how is he eating/drinking - all normal?
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    It's good to be back!

    I can't think of anything that we have changed! Still in the same apartment complex - still eating as well as ever (same food) and drinking plenty of water. He is a healthy boy. The only thing I can think of is that he maybe got a little less exercise this past year and we hadn't gone back to the dog park as much, but we didn't go that often to begin with. It was not a drastic drop, though.

    It's just so odd - he LOVES this one neighbor's bully - Maximus and plays just fine with him in their yard when we see him on our walks. He also gets along with my dad's two old pugs when we bring him over there. So it's not every dog he gets aggressive with but most of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meggs19 View Post
    It's good to be back!

    I can't think of anything that we have changed! Still in the same apartment complex - still eating as well as ever (same food) and drinking plenty of water. He is a healthy boy. The only thing I can think of is that he maybe got a little less exercise this past year and we hadn't gone back to the dog park as much, but we didn't go that often to begin with. It was not a drastic drop, though.

    It's just so odd - he LOVES this one neighbor's bully - Maximus and plays just fine with him in their yard when we see him on our walks. He also gets along with my dad's two old pugs when we bring him over there. So it's not every dog he gets aggressive with but most of them.
    Sometime, it just happens and I cannot think of anything that would cause it based on all you have stated. Our first bully, was wonderful until he turned 4, then he just wanted nothing to do with other dog.. not aggressive or mean, just would give warning shoots to stay away/leave me alone. Banks, well, she never took to other dogs overall, she had a few in her 'circle' but for the most part they were all ready for the smackdown in her mind. The only thing that stands out, even though it is minor... is less socialization..... it may just be he has his 'circle of buddies' .

    As for the walks, be sure that you and or the b/f are not mentally apprehensive or anticipating his behavior to bark/lunge.... he will sense it and react as he needs to protect you from the other dogs
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    I would say many things can change a younger maturing dog's attitude towards other dogs and people.
    There is a possible medical reason that he may be more grumpy and bossy, though. Low T4 levels have been occasionally noted to trigger such changes in behavior such as newly noted aggression in dogs. He is a bit young for this treatable condition, but it is worth ruling out.
    Consider having his thyroid hormone level checked by your vet. It is a simple blood test and he can also be examined for any hidden issues or paif
    that may have altered his disposition.
    Once medical causes are ruled out, behavioral consultation with your/his vet or a canine behaviorist should be your next step.
    Good luck and avoid stimulating his aggression by limiting his contacts for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeattleBullDoc View Post
    I would say many things can change a younger maturing dog's attitude towards other dogs and people.
    There is a possible medical reason that he may be more grumpy and bossy, though. Low T4 levels have been occasionally noted to trigger such changes in behavior such as newly noted aggression in dogs. He is a bit young for this treatable condition, but it is worth ruling out.
    Consider having his thyroid hormone level checked by your vet. It is a simple blood test and he can also be examined for any hidden issues or paif
    that may have altered his disposition.
    Once medical causes are ruled out, behavioral consultation with your/his vet or a canine behaviorist should be your next step.
    Good luck and avoid stimulating his aggression by limiting his contacts for now.


    great post ---- I always forget about the darn thyroid!
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    I went out of my way to socialize Blue since he was 4 months old because of where we live (lots of people and dogs). He always did great, liked everyone and every dog.
    Then at 2 we had him neutered. My sweet baby now turns into Cujo when he's around intact dogs. Dogs he never had a problem with are now public enemy #1.

    All I can say is, it happens. We're just more careful these days and avoid dog parks.


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    Thanks everyone! It's just so frustrating! I think at his last vet checkup we had a full blood panel done -- would that have turned up thyroid problems?

    I am hoping this wasn't our fault for a lack of socialization. He does regularly see dogs in our building and dogs on walks - was taken to dog parks - and been exposed to friends/family member's dogs. Maybe that is not enough, though?

    I was just thinking maybe this was just a shift as he entered into adulthood more??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meggs19 View Post
    Thanks everyone! It's just so frustrating! I think at his last vet checkup we had a full blood panel done -- would that have turned up thyroid problems?

    I am hoping this wasn't our fault for a lack of socialization. He does regularly see dogs in our building and dogs on walks - was taken to dog parks - and been exposed to friends/family member's dogs. Maybe that is not enough, though?

    I was just thinking maybe this was just a shift as he entered into adulthood more??
    You have to specify ask for thyroid to be checked
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    I have this same exact issue, he is aggressive to anyone walking by but great with everybody at the dog park or play day. I was Ina bad relationship and he did hear us fighting a lot and since then we separated. But this could be the cause of it all.
    any tips? When he gets aggressive he gets Ina zone where I can snap him out of it....really fustrating

    i used the Pet Corrector, and it helped tremendously with Walking without tugging but it doesn't help at all with aggression to strangers.

    HELP

    my guv is turning four next month

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grace Wong View Post
    I have this same exact issue, he is aggressive to anyone walking by but great with everybody at the dog park or play day. I was Ina bad relationship and he did hear us fighting a lot and since then we separated. But this could be the cause of it all.
    any tips? When he gets aggressive he gets Ina zone where I can snap him out of it....really fustrating

    i used the Pet Corrector, and it helped tremendously with Walking without tugging but it doesn't help at all with aggression to strangers.

    HELP

    my guv is turning four next month
    Back to basics with him.... : and also get his thyroid levels checked, if they are off, it will cause aggression issues
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    I have a tea cup chihuahua. He was a proper bum hole. He went like that was when he was 2,
    I stopped walking him as I couldn't be bothered with the hassle. I d take the 3 easy bulldogs out. One day my daughter came and took him and it happened again ( barking and going for any dog ) I knew then I needed to do something. I got a small water bottle and when he saw another dog and kicked off I would skoosh him in the face and say NO. I would then walk back from where we were going so he wasn't taking control of the walk.

    After 2 long weeks he's a better dog for it and now loves waking with the best dogs, bulldogs


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