How Can I Stop My Minature Schnauzer From Being Aggressive?

I adopted a 3 year old white minature schnauzer 6 months ago. He is the most loving, energetic dog. He is definately a good dog except for one problem. Once he settled into our house he became aggresive towards other people who try to come close to myself or my daughter. He is extremely protective of us. He is fine once I get him settled down put until I do he barks and tries to go after them. Also if my daughter and I are tickling each other he thinks I am hurting her and goes after me. What should I do?

Your dog feels like he is the leader of your family and is acting accordingly. Find a good trainer so you and your new adopted friend can learn how to act with each other.

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7 Responses to How Can I Stop My Minature Schnauzer From Being Aggressive?

  1. thetiltster says:

    make sure you assert your dominance over him sounds like good dog but ultimately you are master of pack. dogs that are not alpha want to please alpha you should be his alpha he should have a clear understanding of what is expected and what is acceptable behavior . He will try to push these boundaries. you are master he is subservient
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  2. bebop_music says:

    you need to take him for a few professional dog training sessions pronto BEFORE he escalates to biting. the learning process will be for both YOU and the dog. he has issues….
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  3. hanksimon says:

    Got to socialize him with people, and get him used to how you do things.

    1. When you tickle your daughter, throw the dog a little dog biscuit to chew on. If he finishes and comes to join, throw him another … keep this up for a few weeks and he should learn… both you and your daughter should throw the treats.

    2. Try the same thing with people coming in. Have the people call his name, and then throw him a terrific treat, like a hotdog… eventually he may learn that other people means treat!

    3. If the treats don't work, then when he barks, say no and make him go in the back room, and close the door. He can bark, but he will be alone when he barks…. he will learn which is more important to him.

    4. BTW, you didn't say, but he may not do weel with other dogs. Now is a good time to find out and to start socializing with lots of large friendly dogs.
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  4. Misa M says:

    Your dog is a resource guarder. That's what it's called when a dog decides that whenever people (or other dogs) take 'his' things, that it's bad news. You can change this, but it's best to get a positive trainer who is *not* going to punish your dog for his behaviors, or alpha roll him, or choke him on a choke chain, or shock him with an electric shock collar.
    When these episodes are happening, please don't scold or attempt to soothe your dog – by fussing at him when he's behaving aggressively, you will make it worse. But, by rewarding him with food when he behaves calmly, you will be able to change the association he's made about other people.
    Getting a Gentle Leader may help. You will have a lot more control when he's wearing one, and it comes with an instructional DVD to help you to get him used to it. Additionally, many people will assume that your dog will bite since he's wearing it, and will stay away.
    Try to give your dog a big break from the things that upset him while you get in touch with a trainer. Good luck!
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  5. The Dirty Mange Dog says:

    A Schanuzer will always try to project themself as the boss. If you don't have a crate you need to buy one. Just like a kid, when he acts up, in the crate he goes until he calms down. I still have to do the same kind of training to mine. But only when we go to a dog park. I don't know every once in while, he will just deside today I want to let every dog in the park to know I am the boss. Then he will go back on his leash until he behaves again.
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  6. takepaws49203 says:

    Your dog feels like he is the leader of your family and is acting accordingly. Find a good trainer so you and your new adopted friend can learn how to act with each other.

    Thank you for adopting!
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  7. Carol b says:

    THANK YOUR STARS..A GOOD DOG WILL PROTECT.BEING AGGRESIVE CAN BE A GOOD THING..THINK….IF YOU OR YOUR DAUGHTER ARE IN DANGER THEN HE WILL PROTECT.WHEN YOU HAVE COMPANY ,JUST PUT HIM IN ANOTHER ROOM UNTIL YOUR FRIENDS SETTLE DOWN,THEN ENVITE HIM TO LAY OR SIT BY YOU, TELLING HIM HE'S A GOOD BOY AND PETTING HIM,WHEN COMPANY GETS READY TO GO ,THEN PUT HIM BACK INTO ANOTHER ROOM..ON BITING YOU WHEN PLAYING,PUT HIM TO THE TEST,PLAY AND WHEN HE GOES TO BITE,YELL OUCH LOUD AND AFTER AWHILE HE WILL JUST STOP
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