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      Hi! I have a question about my dog Haley, she's a yellow lab and recently turned 1. When I take her for a walk and she sees any other dog she becomes aggressive and she even pulls. This sudden behavior is causing problems and ii can't take her out as often. Help?

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      When you go on walks try bringing dog treats and distract her and show her that dogs and people are ok. give her treats for looking at you and have her sit as they pass. Or if they are in the yard just make sure you keep her attention. if she doesn't show any aggression treat her and praise her a TON!


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      Her hair raises on her back and she stands on her hind legs and pulls, once she even directly tried to bite another dog for completely no reason. Although when at off leash parks her behavior is nearly perfect.

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      Sorry your dealing with this. And if she only doing this while on leash it's probally leash agression. If she in fact has tried to bite another dog. I would avoid any situation that she could see another dog and avoid dog parks for the time being till you seek help from a professional.

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      Great suggestions already.

      You can also teach her leave it. When you give that command, she is to disconnect from whatever she is interested in, including trying to pickup stuff off the ground. You can start at home where there are less distractions. When she pays attention to you, at that instant, treat and tons of praise. Also start NILF (nothing in life in free) like sit and stay before she gets her meals.

      Archie will bark when someone is at the door but as soon as I let him know I've heard it, he is to stop. Something like that outside when she sees other dogs, no barking, no pulling.

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      Thanks! This really helped I will try these methods and hopefully they will work

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      Already got tons of good advice, but just want to give some encouragement. Another big stage but if you are consistent, this too shall pass. Sounds like she's trying to be the boss and like Pop-Top says, this is definitely time for NILF. Make her sit for meals, sit before going out, sit while people or dogs walk by. Will make a huge difference and help Haley learn self-control. Good Luck!

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      Quote Originally Posted by ZRabbits View Post
      Already got tons of good advice, but just want to give some encouragement. Another big stage but if you are consistent, this too shall pass. Sounds like she's trying to be the boss and like Pop-Top says, this is definitely time for NILF. Make her sit for meals, sit before going out, sit while people or dogs walk by. Will make a huge difference and help Haley learn self-control. Good Luck!

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      While I agree that NILF is always good, the barking/lunging has nothign to do with "tryign to be the boss". it's likely barrier frustration or fear or anxiety. NOTHING related to her wanting to be "boss". Unless you relate this comment to another post by the OP that I missed.

      very few behaviors are related to "wanting to be boss", very few dogs WANT to be boss. it's a myth and unfortunately some celebratiy trainers have convinced the vast majority of the population that dogs are always "trying" to be boss when they misbehave or do thing we don't like and that could not be farther from the truth.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Zoe02 View Post
      Her hair raises on her back and she stands on her hind legs and pulls, once she even directly tried to bite another dog for completely no reason. Although when at off leash parks her behavior is nearly perfect.
      I agree with the others recommendations to work thru this but will put out a recommendation to get a trainer to guide you at least to start especially if we are talking "bites" (though not clear on if this was just a snap/warning or tried to realy bite). It's not that easy to read a dog's body language (especially when walking) and to react in time (you need to be ahead of the dog, by seeing the dog before they do). You need to work at the edge of the dogs zone, when they can still think. If you are too close the dog's brain goes into a zone where they can't work or concentrate on you, you can't work here. You need to be farther away. Yes this means crossing the road if the zone is that big.

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