An Aggressive Border Collie and a Fighting German Shepherd Guard Dog
Season 4 | Episode 22 | Mateo and Ali
Brian and Patricia see the potential for sweetness in their highly-intelligent Border Collie, but they are at a loss when it comes to controlling Mateo's pungent personality. Cesar heads out to herd in this Collie crisis. Next: all James wanted was a guard dog to protect his home, but now his German shepherd Ali is the biggest threat to this peace officer's peace of mind. Can Cesar stop Ali from picking fights?
How do you encourage strangers who are afraid of your dog to act confident around your dog? Three commands: No Touch. No Talk. No Eye Contact. This helps to build confidence in the fearful person and the dog. If you feel at peace, you feel relaxed; if you're relaxed you can work on your confidence.
I don't encourage people to touch my dog, I encourage people to be around my dog. Now, if my dog misbehaves, I tell people, "Don't worry about it, I've got him under control." You must do that too. People often have to see it to believe it. That's the way you are going to convince a fearful person, "Ah your dog isn't that bad." Once he sees that your dog behaves perfectly fine with you, then that person will have confidence around your dog.
Not So Home Sweet Home
Humans experience a wide range of emotions - frustration, anxiety, insecurity - all of which can affect your dog's behavior. So before you blame the dog, ask yourself whether he could be reacting to your unbalanced energy!
If you are the one who's causing the problem, cool off in another room or ask someone in your pack for help. Find a quiet place to regain neutral, calm-assertive energy, which will help both you and your dog.