This is a thread on ideas on helping dogs with dog-aggression. This site is A TRICKS site, not a dog aggression site, but, since it came up, here is one(1) thread on the topic. I hope i do not annoy the admins of this TRICKS site, away from their focus on TRICKS training, but, dealing with dog-aggressive dogs, really IS also a form of training, and i intend this to be only thread on this topic. I feel bad, that I gave impression, on another thread, that Buddy is ALLOWED to behave in that manner. (My dog IS majorly severely dog aggressive) But I left out saying Buddy does not get the chance to react, not too often, not if I can help it!! My motto is, “the less time he spends in that mindset--- the better” and I do not allow him to even focus in a negative way on other dogs like that, and he rarely gets chance to react nowadays. Oh, he still would, if left to his own choices, but, I interrupt it, or avoid it. I just do not believe he can not be helped to get better, maybe not cured, but I just am not in that “Nothing can be done!! He’s too far gone!!” boat. Nope, not me, not Buddy. I *like* working with him on this stuff. I find it both fascinating, and extremely rewarding!! Buddy hasn’t had a full blown reaction..i can’t remember last one. OH he would if I allowed him to, ha ha, make no mistake, Buddy is STILL a gangsta at heart, totally would love to go lunge and scare some innocent passerby dog, but, he just isn’t allowed to anymore. And he is better. He has even recently started ending his own reactions lately. That is huge news. What I am saying there, is, he himself, stops the hubbaloo reaction and walks away. Huge step. (i used to drag him away, still arguing over his shoulder at enemy dog) NOw, even if he does bark, or even react, he stops his own self more and more often!! I’ve tried many things, I’ve made some mistakes here or there, but, Buddy always gives me another chance to do better for him. And I use a multi-prong approach. What i do to prevent a reaction, varies depending on the situation, but avoid them, i do!!! I don’t feel angry like some ppl do about this issue, I’ve heard others who do on the dog-aggression help sites. I’ve never so much as raised my voice to my dog, nor have i ever even felt the urge to. I feel compassion, and I feel absolute heart pounding joy, when we do succeed. I avoid confrontation when I estimate it will set him off. Below in comments area, I will post a few things, that HAVE helped (or not) with my dog. Each dog is unique, but, maybe someone will feel inspired to at least TRY to help their dog get better. we might not be able to cure some of our dog-aggressive dogs, but, we can almost always make them BETTER. Oddly, once i accepted Buddy might not ever be 'right' i felt less disappointment at set backs. Odd, but, that is how it was for me. CAVEAT---i am not a pro, i am only sharing what helped my dog get a lil better. Safety first, of course!!! And all dog-aggressive dogs should have vet exam to rule out illnesses, of course. And consult a behaviorist, too. (mine threw buddy out, ha ha, he *is* THAT bad, she even YELLED at him, she just lost it, she could not believe she could not control him, and she lost it, and she even yanked him around, so we were done) but i hear most are great. But, "consult a behaviorist" This thread is only to inspire those who have given up. Lil miracles can happen!!