My dog immediatly attacks other dogs that show dominance

by Shawn
(Knoxville, TN, USA)

My miniature schnauzer is extremely kind, loving, obedient and well mannered dog around other people and kids.

He and I went to obedience school and learned basic commands like come here, leave it, off, sit, stay, heal, stand, shake, and lay down. He loves people (anyone that will pet him and give him attention). He and I live alone with no other animals in our home.

My brother has 10 dogs (they don't show aggression) and when we go to his house we do not have any issues.

Our problems begin when my mini schnauzer sees an unfamiliar dog that tries to be dominate. We do fine as long as the other dog does not growl or show some other form of dominance or aggression.

If the other dog growls or shows aggression then my dog immediately attacks (and he does not mess around). I usually do not know when there is going to be a fight until they get close to each other and then its sometimes to late for me to intervene.

As long as the other dog is calm my dog does fine, they sniff each other and may even begin to play. He will not tolerate a growl, pointed ears, barking, etc. If the other dog displays these symptoms he attacks immediately.

If he sees a cat, rabbit, squirrel, or etc. he will chase it to the bitter end (though he gets stopped cause he is almost always on a leash).

Let me know what I need to do. Thanks in advance!

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Socialize and Desensitize
by: Schnauzers Rule

Shawn you posted:

"If the other dog growls or shows aggression then my dog immediately attacks (and he does not mess around). I usually do not know when there is going to be a fight until they get close to each other and then its sometimes to late for me to intervene."

If it's too late to intervene - then I assume your dog is off leash? If that is the case, keep your dog on-leash when out and about. Contact a trainer in your area or join a training group to improve upon socializing.

That being said, you also stated that your dog plays nice with other dogs unless the "other dog" growls or shows aggression first. When that happens your dog becomes reactive. This is common behavior as your dog is letting the other dog know, he better back off. If you want your dog to be less reactive, you will need him to turn his focus back onto you in those situations. Again, see if there is a professional trainer in your area that can work with you and your Schnauzer.

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