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How to Stop my Dog Attacking Other Dogs

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Stop my Dog Attacking Other Dogs

The thought of your dog attacking other dogs is not nice and is a major source of stress for any pet owner. If you notice that your dog gets aggressive in the presence of another, you should make a change as soon as possible. And the art of improving your dog's behavior is by modifying your own. Do not be alarmed, but it is a problem that can have serious consequences. On we tell you how to stop your dog attacking other dogs.

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Steps to follow:


The first thing you should do to stop your dog attacking other dogs is to carefully observe your pet to know what triggers its aggressive behavior. It may be aggressive with large or small dogs, or even just when approached. It is important to know the root of the problem because it can be demonstrating dominance, fear or marking its territory. When you know the trigger, you can learn how to help.


When you begin training to modify the aggressive behaviour of your dog, you should avoid your pet comint into contact with others, unless under supervision. A good way is block off your garden or yard from your dog so that it cannot escape, or if you don't have any outdoor space choose a room in the house where no other dog can go. And when you go for a walk, do not let it off the leash unless you know with absolute certainty that it won't run into any other dogs.

How to Stop my Dog Attacking Other Dogs - Step 2

Even if you do not fancy the idea, you should put a muzzle on your dog so it can't bite another dog. With the muzzle, your dog can breathe and bark without problems, and you will avoid any unpleasant consequences. Take it out in an area where you know you will meet other dogs and bring along its favourite treats. So that it doesn't get close to other dogs and become aggressive you must keep it on a short leash. The idea is that it can see other dogs and slowly does not feel threatened, ask it to sit and if you notice that behaves give it a treat.


Make sure you approach other dogs with caution and calmly. If you notice that your dog is violent, force him with a clear and sincere order to sit. Do not make it nervous. Wait until it sits, if it doesn't, ask again until it does. When it sits, give it a treat and a good session of pampering and flattery so that it understands that it has done well.

It is important not to get nervous, especially right before approaching another dog. Your dog will be able to sense that you are nervous and will think that the other dog poses a threat to you. Show your dog that the other dog isn't a treat by acting calm and happy.

How to Stop my Dog Attacking Other Dogs - Step 4

This process will have to be repeated many times and with great patience. The best thing to do is go to different places so that you are around different dogs. You should always try to make it sit when you ask. You will have to make it wait longer and longer until you give it a treat. These last steps should be to try it out with the muzzle off, because that is the truest test. There will come a time that your dog will be totally calm and can be around other dogs.

We recommend reading our article how to introduce two dogs which may also help.

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kate brophy
My dog is a 5 year 7 month rescue. She stalks other dogs and stares. She will go for another dog if not on a leash. I have tried distracting her, using treats but she still is intent on this behaviour. I strongly believe her former owner encouraged this behaviour may even have used to to fight. Abhorrent thought but a strong possibility
Robert Baker
I rescued a 3 yr old female pittie mix. She is very friendly to people, but she is very aggressive to all of the dogs in my neighborhood. Please help me!
I have a Australian border healer a little older than 3 and a boxer a little over a year old. I think the healer feels a little threatened and is aggressive towards the boxer. They will be living together. What do I do? Need to know now
sarah waardenburg
how to stop my dogs for barking at other people and going of at other dogs they donot like treats things like that ore toys
Annmarie Lawrence
I have tried your 5 steps to stop my dog from going after other dogs, but it has not helped,
My dog is a French bulldog, she is a rescue dog, she came from a place that has other dogs (a puppy farm, she was 4 years old when she to me,) I have had her a!most a year and the problem is getting worse, she loves people and children, and is not worried about cats as I have 2.
Any advice you could give me would be helpful.
ginger hessler
OMG! i have a 4 year old male frenchy too! same issues as you have. did you ever get help?
My 4 Year old staffie bitch has just attacked my sons 10 year old staffie dog while i am looking after him ? Could it be because my sons dog was chewing on my staffies plastic bone ? My self and husband had a very difficult time trying to stop the attack on my sons much older dog ?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Wendy
Dogs that are not familiar with each other can become very protective over their things, which could explain why your staffie attacked your son’s staffie. In the future, we recommend watching over their interactions. If you notice that this tension reoccurs, you may need to resocialize both dogs. For more, read
brenda cameron
my bitch is 3yrs old and has been very aggrestive to ward the bitch and my sons dog
she is in seas0n at moment
Cheryl Hamilton
Very informative
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