Q. 2 y/o min Schnauzer rescue we have had since June. She is very loud and kind of aggressive when we see dogs outside. How to stop her?

A. This will require lots of management, desensitization, and counter conditioning. An example would be to be a good distance away from the other dogs just before your dog starts barking, growling, and jumping around. If she is calm you can keep treating her with tasty treats so she begins to associate other dogs with something positive. If she is still uncomfortable, you can move her further back or change direction altogether. I'm that sense, the reward would be getting away from the things that make her uneasy which in your case sounds like other dogs. I recommend hiring a local trainer or behaviorist, preferably someone who is positive and rewards based.

Answered By

Was this helpful?

Related Questions

Related Articles

Aggression in Dogs Toward Familiar People

Dominance, Fear, or Predatory Aggression in Dogs While some consider aggression to be normal behavior in dogs, it can be impulsive, unpredictable, and even dangerous. Aggressive behavior includes growling, lip lifting, barking, snapping,...

Read More
When Your Dog is Overly Aggressive Towards Other Dogs

Interdog Aggression in Dogs Inter-dog aggression occurs when a dog is overly aggressive towards dogs in the same household or unfamiliar dogs. This behavior is often considered normal, but some dogs can become excessively aggressive...

Read More

DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.

IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training.

Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD.

User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions.

petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice.

Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.

Continue Reading