I think I see the onset of aggression toward strangers

Posted by MsKacy
Oct 19, 2007
I have an 11 mo. old Dobe/Coonhound mix. Kody is an absolute love. We were walking the other day, we do daily 2 mi. walks, and while passing a gentleman coming the other direction, Kody raised up and nipped the sleeve on his forearm. I was shocked. He's never done any such thing. Since then, I've seen other changes. We stopped to see another walker a different day and altho the man offered his hand, palm down, Kody felt the need to offer up a warning growl. Additionally, my teenage son is in and out of the house regularly, sometimes with friends in tow. Kody growled at one of his friends to which I responded by a firm NO, then made him sit. I talked to the friend, and once Kody saw me touch the friend, he was fine. He's also becoming very barky outside if a neighbor comes up to talk with me and again I have to put him in his place, and perform an introduction.

My take on this is that Kody is being protective of me; unfortunately I want him to take his cue FROM me, versus making the decision himself. I do maintain the alpha position, and it's quite obvious that he's aware of it. This is the only situation where I'm at a loss. Please provide some ideas how I can make this come to a screeching halt.

Thanx very much!
Posted by eyeluvdogs
Oct 23, 2007
Hi there. It does sound as though your dog is feeling unsettled when in new situations, or around unfamiliar people. It will be very important for you to be strict with your use of the Alpha techniques so that Kody knows for sure that he is not in charge of protecting you.

Have you had Kody neutered? You may want to speak to your Vet about having this done, as this can quite often calm a male dog down.
Posted by MsKacy
Oct 23, 2007
Yes, he's neutered. Thanx for your response.
Posted by Tamera-Sophy
Nov 3, 2007
I have a chihuahua/dachsund mix who is 7 months old. As she gets older, she is much more leary of people she does not know. The other day she snarled and snapped at a lady's face because she reached for her, because she wanted to hold her. I have heard the chihuahua can have these problems, but what do I do to get her to stop.

She has really taken a disliking to young children. She snarles and snaps at them often. They can't even come within a couple of feet of her.

It's hard because she's only about 5 to 6 pounds, and therefore most people think she is just a puppy. Then they think she is going to be really sweet and they all just reach for her. Well of course she doesn't like that and snarls and snaps at them.