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Advice needed on facilitating better behavior with big dogs.

Riley acts aggressive towards large dogs. Whenever he sees a large dog on our walks, he barks, growls and lunges for the big dog. I blame this behavior on the large black lab who lives next door. He has growled and lunged at Riley every since we got him. Fortunately, most big dogs totally ignore him. I am working this behavior, but I have more immediate problem.

I am going to my parents for Christmas. My parents have 3 large dogs, a yellow and black lab and a Rottie. Any advice to help Riley cope during our visit? My parent's dogs are not aggressive and they do well with my brother's Hav, but my brother will not be there for Christmas this year.

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Hi Debbie, How long are you there? The biggest thing is to introduce one dog at a time. And to monitor them constantly and never leave them alone, just as you would with a child. This can be overwhelming at such a busy time. If you don't think you are up to it I wouldn't rush into it. What will you do if they don't get along.? Do you have a way to keep them separated ? Just a couple of questions to keep in mind.

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We are in Texas for 10 days. My parents have a hobby farm and the big dogs spend most of the day outside. They also have a large room where the dogs sleep and my parents have no problem keeping the dogs there if don't get along.

Good idea...we will definitely introduce one dog at a time. The rottie and black lab are rescue dogs that had previously been physically abused by their former owners so they are both very submissive to other dogs and humans. We will start with one of them. I am really hoping we can work towards getting all the dogs in one room without any drama, but keeping the dogs separated can be done easily.

As always, I appreciate your advice!!

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be sure to introduce them in a place that your parents dogs have never been before.
actually, if you go to victoria stillwell's website, she has some good advice on how to accomplish this.. the major point is to reward the dogs for good behavior..
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I just wanted to post an update on my trip home. Riley did very well with the big dogs. We introduced the dogs one at a time and other than a quick sniff ,the big dogs pretty much ignored Riley. He kept his distance, but there was not a single growl the entire week.

He loved being at my parent's house. They have a 7 acre hobby farm so he was able to run wild. He did not know what to make of the horses though! He would just stand and stare at them.

Riley traveled on the plane with us. I bought a large sherpa bag and that worked perfectly. Thanks to those who recommended that bag. He did really well, not a peep out of him during the plane ride.

We ate way too many treats so the diets begin today for me and Riley.

I am so thankful that I found this forum. I have learned so much from the members.

Happy New Year everyone!

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glad everything went so well Debbie. You obviously did a great job. Yeah diets ,that reminds me. LOL

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