Asphalt 24/7: Dogs Barking At My Dog?
Whenever I walk my dog (long haired dachshund), other dogs who walk along ALWAYS go crazy barking and growling at my dog. Today, a golden retriever and chihuahua were walking along the sidewalk, and as my dog and I walked past both dogs were growling and barking and trying to actually BITE my dog. This happens a lot whenever I walk my dog and I was wondering why does this happen all the time? I mean, my dog is only 10 months (just a small puppy!) and he doesn't do anything else to the dogs. Can you just help explain why MOST dogs just seem to hate my dog?
When I asked this question before other people's answers were that my dog may have been sending a sort of "dominant signal" to the other dogs. My question about that is: What is my dog doing to send that signal, is he doing a certain motion to the dogs? Please explain.
And my dog is already neutered.
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Answer by Kayliana
It's very possible this is just the fault of the other dog walkers who do not keep their dogs in line.
However, if your dog is sending dominant signals then it is up to you to correct this. When your dog is walking with you, he should be calmly at your side or behind you with his tail lowered to about his spine level or lower. If it's raised up, and he's looking around all over quickly (super alert) then he's going to give other dogs the wrong impression and it will cause fights. Especially if when other dogs come near does he tense up and make eye contact?
Ideally, you want your dog to pay attention to nothing in particular except following you calmly.
I would do a search on youtube.com to see if you can find free footage about walking your dog, handling dog aggressions, etc. I'm sure there's clips that can show you what is good dog walking behavior and what is bad.
But /in general/ it's up to every dog owner to control their dog, and even if you have a well-behaved one who is not doing anything wrong....if other people are not controlling /their/ animals, than there's nothing you can do but train your dog to make sure he does not add fuel to the fire. :) I hope it helped!
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