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Old 07-08-2014, 11:52 PM   #1
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We got a beagle basset about 6 mo ago. We could tell instantly that she was neglected. Now we're thinking physically abused. She was showing symptoms of anxiety, shaking and shivering, and also aggression. The aggrrssion started out of fear and now has turned to habit. I can't take any more. Snarling. Growling. Lunging. Trying to bite. I don't know what to do. The vet said to crate train and we need to not yell at her due to the fear. But I also don't feel I should negotiate and reward her with treats. I need help. Idk what to do. Where to go from here.

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Welcome to the forum. Sorry you are having such problems with your dog. You didn't say how old your dog is. If your dog is not a puppy, with snarling. growling. lunging, and trying to bite, you definitely need to find a professional dog trainer, soon. Ask your vet or do an internet search for a trainer in your area. Hopefully you did not adopt your dog from a shelter, as no shelter should put a dog with such behavioral problems up for adoption. A good shelter would have properly addressed and corrected the aggression before allowing the dog to be adopted. If your dog is a puppy, we have some very qualified people on this forum who can probably give many good suggestions about how to handle this problem. I'm sure someone will come along soon. Good lluck.
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Welcome from me too. I definitely sounds like you need to see a trainer with your dog. Like Dunbar's Mom said, a good place to get advice and recommendations is your vet. What steps have you taken so far to try to alleviate this behaviour.

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Absolutely agree, aggression issues require in person assessment and help. Please do seek a recommendation for a reputable trainer or behaviourist in your area.

It isn't safe to give advice over the net, but I will just make some general comments. Punishing fear based behaviours, and especially aggressive behaviour, can and does often escalate the problem. Instead, you probably need to work out with your trainer a program of careful management to prevent situation which are known to trigger the dog, and then behaviour modification which is likely to involve counter conditioning to change the dog's emotional response to things he currently finds fearful. Whilst counter conditioning will often use food, it certainly is not about rewarding bad behaviour. It can be tricky to understand, but here is some info Desensitization and Counterconditioning | ASPCA

A video clip example of how counter conditioning does not reward the aggressive behaviour is here: Training Aggression | Videos | Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS

I am definitely not suggesting you proceed with any treatment plan alone, just wanting to give you some background on how food can be successfully used to work with aggressive behaviour in dogs. It is often done badly, and misunderstood, so professional help is required.

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Welcome aboard to Df Iam with every one else on this Professional help is now paramount to delay any longer will only help the habit grow. No more yelling at her what so ever this will not be any benifit to you or your dog and will only make matters worse and you only reward good behaviour never reward bad or unwanted behaviour! Please keep us informed on any progress!
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welcome dude, i would also suggest few videos as suggested by Kaos!

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Please tell us the age of your dog and a little bit about her background. Is she from a shelter? What did her handlers say about her? How did she behave when you first met her? Something made you chose this dog. I am guessing she wasn't attacking and biting when you first met. Perhaps something in her current environment, schedule or daily routine is making her uncomfortable. Is she only aggressive with you or with others also? Do you have other animals in the house?
Getting a better idea of your environment will make it easier to give any kind of advice. In the meantime, I'm with the rest of the gang, seek a behavioral specialist.

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