My dog has had a dramatic aggression towards dog and overall poor attitude when walking him

Huiot

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Aug 18, 2022
Hi everyone! This is my first forum post. I have a dog, golden poodle 3 years old. And when we first got him he was extremely welcoming towards people and dogs. However now that time has gone, a friend wanted her dog to hang out with my dog and when it happened my dog started fighting her dog. I don’t know why as normally when we take him to the dog park he’s always friendly. Now we took him to the dog park in 2019 Covid happened and we haven’t took home outside besides our backyard, we haven’t walked him either. Then in late 2021 like October (which was when the event occurred) things changed for the worse. He would jump on people disturb people. And worse of all try to attack other dogs for no reason. If you have anything as to why this behavior is sudden please let me know thank you!
 

TTouch

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Apr 20, 2021
Hi amd welcome to the forum

This is not a sudden change in behaviour, it is learned behaviour, learned during covid when you stopped walking and socialising him, training never stops with any dog throughout its life ( exactly the same with humans, we learn every day) What has happened is he fears what he doesn't know and depending on temperament you will get a reaction to that fear which will be freeze ( standing still/stuck to the spot, laying down), flight( run away), fool around ( rolling on the ground, collecting /carrying a toy or stick, jumping up), fight( growl, snap or attack) some people don't recogise 'fear' in their dog and encourage it, he gets frightened, reacts and is told off so for him it is a vicious cycle and many times the owner is embarrassed, talks too much, so the dog can think that 'talk' is praise so praising bad manners or tells the dog off after the event which is too late so the dog doesn't know what behaviour it is being told off for so it confuses the dog causing more fear. Dogs do what works for them and they want to please us, a fight works for your dog ( the other dog goes away) jumping up on people works for them, you are embarrassed so talk too much so both the person and you actually praise the dog for jumping up, so dog thinks that is what you want

So he has fogotten the behaviour of the past, you need to start again, daily lead walking, daily socialisation, daily manners training and no 'play dates' unless they are lead walking, all work/training on lead and give him space ti learn, so no 'meet and greet' with dogs/people, dogs learn via smell, so they KNOW all about other dogs/people from 20 yds away they don't have to be next to them
 

Huiot

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Thank you so much I already started walking him, will take time but it will work I hope.
 

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