TIP #1: COMMON TRIGGERS OF DOG-DOG AGGRESSION
When it comes to dogs who don't do well with other dogs there are some common triggers that account for the bulk of cases. These are:
• Dogs that come on too strong. They appear hyper-motivated and have coarse social skills.
• Dogs that are sensitive to the proximity of other dogs. They may present with frank fearlessness or more subtly, as asocial animals that get snappy if a dog gets too close or makes social overtures.
• Dog-dog resource guarding.
• Harassment, i.e. bullying or "hazing" of other dogs.
• Play skills deficits - dogs that play but lack some of the features of normal play, causing frequent tipovers of their play into fighting.
• Strong genetic predisposition to compulsively fight.
- excerpted from Fight!, by Jean Donaldson
TIP #2: LOWER YOUR STANDARDS
If your dog seems bored or distracted, you may be asking too much too soon. Lower your standards so you can mark and treat more often. Getting something right and being rewarded is fun for your dog and keeps him interested in the training.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, CTDI