What do you do when your dog is being snippy and/or starting fights in a dog park?
Should they be removed? Put on a leash? What is the proper way to deescalate a situation? Just leaving seems like it would only make them remember the park as a bad place and not a good one.
Definitely put your dog on a leash and/or leave. As my dog Sephi got older, she became more and more dog-aggressive. It was obvious to other people at the park that Sephi's behavior was unacceptable. Putting a snippy dog on a leash or leaving the park is the right thing to do. Don't take the dog back to the dog park until you are able to work on the dog aggression in a controlled environment. Read "Feisty Fido, Help for the Leash-Reactive Dog" has some great tips that will help in any dog-aggressive situation. "Mine!" by Jean Donaldson is another good one.
Well, the first thing would be to get him our of there! lol.
After that, you have to understand that a male dog is prone to dominance. So if there are two, male dominant dogs in the same area, they're going to fight and see who wins.
Of course, it could also mean that he's not feeling well. You should watch for symptoms and if he's acting strangely in other situations too, then maybe a visit to the vet is in order. (When people aren't feel well, they get grouchy, too.)
You need to watch his behavior, in general. If he's only acting badly at the park, then it's possible that there's something there that's troubling him. Take him for a walk around the block instead, and see how he acts then...
As soon as your dog is starting to become over excited, give him a bear hug, dont let him go until he stops wriggling and trying to get free, this will make him feel that you are his superior and it will calm him.
Secondly walk him on a lead, everytime he bark or nips at a dog, repremand him with a loud "no" and snap quickly on the lead as you say no, or have a small water gun and shoot him everytime he does nip at a dog. Never take him off the leash until he is able to walk in the walk with you on a leash, without issue for atleast a week.
Everytime you pass a dog, and he/she acts calm, reward them with a treat and a 'good boy!!!', eventually he/she will learn that good behaviour is rewarded, bad doesnt.
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