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    Katie is really aggressive towards the other dogs/cats. They can just be laying on the chair/couch/their beds and she will go after them. If any of the animals go near her crate, a toy, or food/treat she will go into attack mode as well. I have never had this issue in all the years of having dogs including me bringing fosters in and out. I am at a real loss how to handle this. Its breaking my heart.

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    How old? Has she been to obedience?
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    How well has this dog been socialised in the past? You have to work at having a well - socialised dog and you also need to work to maintain that too.

    IE: Taking a puppy to puppy school for 8 weeks means that she'll be well socialised forever. Umm not!
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    Are you talking about dogs/cats in your home? Part of her pack? Or is the problem with strange dogs/cats?

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    Katie will be 4 in December. I was told before picking her up (we have had her for a week) she was obedience and agility trained as well as trained to hunt rabbit and pheasant. She is a very smart little girl but as far as her training goes I really think he just taught her a few things and that is it. I do know she was in a kennel pretty much 24/7 for at least the last 4 to 6 months. All of my "permanent crew" are smaller dogs (30 lb and under) and are really good about strange dogs coming in and out. Today my husband was taking her outside for another long walk/play and she walked by our Boston terrier who was sleeping and went from a happy go lucky girl into a stark raving lunatic growling and snarling and doing her best to get ahold of him. It was all my hubby could do to get her out the door to calm her down. We live in a very small town so trying to find someone here that can help is probably not going to be an option. I love her dearly and I have no intention of giving up on her and will do what ever I have to do. I was really hoping that she would work out here wonderfully, I could be a foster failure again and we could be her forever home. I know that some dogs just never deal well with other animals and that there is a chance I am going to have to find her a home where she can be the only baby.

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    Its the dogs/cats in our home. We took her to my brothers house to see if it would happen there and yep... she went after their two dogs as well.

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    Another question: Is it only when she's on a leash? Only when she's off leash? Or both?

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    For the immediate future I would put a basket muzzle on her. Then walk her with another dog. This will help teach her that other dogs aren't a threat, and the other dogs will be safe.

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    If you can find a trainer within travelling distance (http://www.apdt.com and http://www.trulydogfriendly.com both have trainer searches) in person help will be your best bet. You said she was agility trained - where did they take lessons? That might be a good starting place to find a trainer.

    If that isn't possible, take a look at dogwise.com. There are a myriad of great books on dealing with these issues:

    click to calm (Parsons)
    feisty fido (McConnell)
    MINE! and FIGHT!(both by Donaldson)
    control unleashed (McDevitt)
    Aggression in Dogs (Aloff)

    As for walking with another dog, that is a good goal to work towards, but there are a LOT of intermediary steps to work through first. (Regardless of what you see on Cesar Millan). A muzzled dog can still do damage if it goes after another dog (some dogs will use their muzzle to piledrive into another dog or person, and believe me, that HURTS), and the unmuzzled dog may feel the need to defend itself, and you've got two fighting dogs on leashes.

    My protocol with working with leash aggression issues is thus:

    -staying calm (and hopefully holding a sit or downstay) when watching a dog walk by at a distance
    -staying calm and seated when watching a dog walk by at gradually closer distances
    -staying calm while walking towards and then past a dog on the other side of the street
    -staying calm while walking towards and past a dog in the middle of the street
    -staying calm while walking towards and past a dog on the same sidewalk
    -then the same steps while walking the same direction, working towards both dogs walking side by side (first with people between them, then together)

    this may take 6 months to a year to get through, depending on how deeply rooted the issue and the commitment of the owner.
    Last edited by kaytris; 09-08-2009 at 10:07 AM.

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