Why is my dog “attacking” other dogs?

asked 2018-01-06 16:47:53 -0500

My 3 yo labrador, Penny, is fine with about half the dogs she meets. The other half however, she “attacks”. She has never hurt another dog just growling and barking right next to their face. It looks scary to anyone watching. There is no difference between dogs she attacks and dogs she doesn’t that I have noticed. She has attacked our 6 year old collie over food many times, and yesterday she randomly attacked her while we were walking them and later while they were just sitting next to each other. She also recently “attacked” a puppy who was trying to play with her. We normally squirt her with water, say no, and separate the dogs. Is there a better way to separate the dogs? Is there a better way to teach her not to fight other dogs? (Also, she is completely fine with all humans)

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answered 2018-01-06 20:53:34 -0500

Maybe Penny's just an alpha female. It's unusual for dogs to randomly attack so there should be a reason behind it. Possessive, protective, personal space invaded etc. Don't feed or give treats in the same area/room. Since she's a big dog, the attack can be more harmful than a 10 lbs....so just use your instinct when there's another dog approaching. Be honest with the other dog's owner.

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There’s no such things as an Alpha dog

Piper J.'s profile image Piper J.  ( 2018-10-01 01:19:13 -0500 ) edit

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