4 months, 2 weeks ago Dana PendletonParticipant
Does anyone one have any experience/opinion with using a muzzle on an aggressive dog within the home. My dog Brody if given the opportunity will attack my other dog Jake. There’s already been two attacks in the past 3 months resulting in visits to the vet. Jake is handicapped (deformed front legs) so he is defenseless against Brody. Jake does not try to defend himself. Brody gives no warning signals and charges Jake. Brody will bite and hold. Getting Brody off of Jake is quite a challenge. Brody was able to attack Jake because he knocked down a gate. I am in the process of having the doorway framed and a door installed. I know keeping them separated is not going to resolve the problem, if it can be resolved. So my question is will the muzzle cause Brody to become more aggressive or possibly less aggressive? Anyone have personal experience?
4 months, 2 weeks ago Sharon Blakeney-McDonaldParticipant
Hi Dana… I have use a muzzle with a pervious dog I owned and first the dog will need conditioning to wearing the muzzle. Mike had a really good instruction vid on how to do this but I’m not sure where it as been put on the site… maybe if you go on Mike streaming you can ask him. Also if you go to the forum and look under “general aggression problem discussion” there was a discussion called “The case of Cobbler Rumpel” where the owner was having similar issue’s with her dogs as you are with Brody. Mike and other member gives her advice to how to best deal with the problem. You may find it helpful in your situation as well.
4 months, 2 weeks ago Kim JamesParticipant
Hey Dana ,
Defiantly 100% welfare of the animals first and foremost is the objective (so well done on reaching out), which in this case is protection of Jake, as you say will not defend himself against the aggression from Brody due to his differences.
Leadership exercises on your behalf found here https://www.dogtraining.world/start-self-help/leadership/ will definitely aid best practise to help both dogs in this regard (check it out for your information), defiantly take ownership of the situation (which you have done) in which both dogs are in the same presence of one another.
Is it worth the risk of not having Brody muzzled around Jake? IMO No defiantly not, I’d like to know the situations in which these aggressive instances are taking place, is this dominance aggression? is it resource guarding? is it territorial aggression? Then When and hows usually explain the whys….so to answer definitively your question ““will the muzzle cause Brody to become more aggressive or possibly less aggressive?” taking into account the breadth of information i would say will the muzzle prevent Brody inflicting injuries to Jake should they encounter one another in the future? YES ….and therefore protect Jake from the severity of these attacks?… YES.
Is that more important than possibly making Brody more aggressive at that moment…. ABSOLUTELY YES…
This will obviously lead into being more cost effective for you with regards to Vet care.
Its great that your looking to mitigate these outburst in the future, As you have said you are looking to keep them separated which is a great start.
Using a muzzle is not a bad thing, it is protecting the dog from injuring people, other dogs and themselves.
FYI Dana there has to be over 100 years worth of Handler/Trainer experience including all the trainee’s and trainers here at K9-1 plus a gold mine worth of info found in the knowledge base section as well as the forums of past and present so stay positive, and keep us posted.
2 months, 3 weeks ago Dana PendletonParticipant
Jake is kept behind a gate in my living room when Brody is out. As soon as Brody sees Jake he will charge the gate. So I am not sure if it’s territorial or dominance. As soon as Jake hears me let Brody out he will get as far away as he can from the gate. Brody snapped at Jake at their first encounter which was 15 months ago.
Brody gets along well with my 3 females. He has a high prey drive. He becomes very excited when he sees anything move like a dog, cat, rabbit, squirrel, opossum, bird, bee, paper blowing by. Nothing will deter him once he is fixed on something.
Brody does have separation anxiety. I don’t know if that would cause him to have aggression towards one dog in the home.
Thank you for the advice. I will review the information you both recommended and start muzzle training.
Any additional suggestions is greatly welcomed!
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