A downward spiral...?

We've been working next to a trainer, who I have closely of faith contained by, for my 5 year old Husky, Sydney's dog aggression. I surface that I have natural expectations for the ultimate results- I don't expect her to be capable of get along beside every dog in every situations and I don't expect her to know how to playfully rough-house with other dogs. All I want and expect is for her to know how to tolerate the presence of other dogs and I know it will be a slow process.

I've been working beside her consistently and frequently on what the trainer has told us to focus on. We come across with the trainer once a week and run to group classes with that trainer twice a month.

There be a loose dog at the park where we hike today and I did what the trainer has told me to do within such a situation. The dog was around 5 or 10 feet away at it's closest. Sydney proceeded to freak out and bit my leg several times as I struggled to control her.

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Answers: What did your trainer tell you to do contained by this situation? Need more details to offer correct guidance.

Thanks for the add'l info.
What you're dealing with isn't agitation on her part so much as dominance. You're not alone. Many working breeds contained by particular are intolerant of 'outsider' dogs, on the other hand can adapt and be fine next to other members of 'their' pack. Mine are close to this, but not as extreme. And you're right, they're fantastic dogs otherwise!!

While it's understandable to gain bitten accidentally in the middle of a dog conflict, you're taking 'frustration' bites.she can't get to the other dog so she channel her aggression to your leg, hand, anything is in front of her. Mine will grasp a kong or stick and thrash, buck, 'kill' it when they're out in the courtyard (fenced) and see a dog they'd love to have a run at, but can't get to ;^) Same type of frustration, different circumstances.

Your trainer is on the right track but you must step it up a pit. Are you correcting her the second she even sees/hears another dog ? They need to be stopped BEFORE the trouble starts. You see the slightest potential, nip it contained by the bud with a 'don't even have an idea that about it' attitude. This path you avoid fighting her 'IN DRIVE', where on earth she's no longer thinking about you, she's on auto pilot.
This is sometimes glibly acheived, just out-thinking your dog. Other times (I suspect within your case) it's not, and you'll have to wish if you want to continue to work on it, adopt her limits, or provide her to an experienced trainer. You ARE in a downward spiral and must resolve this for both your sake and your dogs.

It's impossible to cover this subject contained by a few short paragraphs so I'll try to summarize .
She bites, you retreat, and near repetition the negative impact on your bond is emergence to take it's toll. You must establish yourself as alpha; that routine getting the last 'word' surrounded by your situation. Her size presents a challenge but you MUST win the physical tussle if/when preventative steps fail. She must become more worried going on for YOU than other dogs if the behavior is to stop. Wear protective clothing, get a accurate heavy duty working dog muzzle, collar, leash.

If your trainer have experience with working dogs, great. If not, it may be time to contact one. Police K9, military,schutzhund, etc. accord with dog aggression contained by different ways aimed at establishing dominance over their dogs. It ain't clicker training, but it's not abusive and it's far more forceful than ordinary 'pet' passivity.

Good Luck and whatever the outcome, cheers to you for mortal a responsible dog owner!

EDIT: Good observations on the muzzle. Hopefully I can give some clarification. Primary end w/ muzzling is of course to avoid injury. However purely like any other training device, it's major to get the dog used to it *before* going on the training pen to address problem behavior. Put it on at home in relaxed conditions. It desires to be sturdy but comfortable, the type used by professionals, not the Petsmart and Vet's office collection that are small and restrictive.
Associate the muzzle w/ favorite treats, car rides, other positive things beforehand attempting a training session.
In fact I'd recommend taking a couple weeks break beforehand beginning a exotic training program, which would work out well for muzzle conditioning.

By the style; is she 'talking' to you in that picture? Very cute!
woah, that's a problem, especially if she bit you


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