If you’re wondering why your dog goes crazy around other dogs, I can explain why and give you some advice on how to stop it. Dogs all have individual personalities, and they all react differently in situations. You need to be able to understand your dog to work out which one represents your dog best.
Please don’t feel bad or embarrassed, its a common problem and often easy to solve.
Your dog will act crazy around other dogs because they display their feelings, the common behavioural types: excitement, aggression and obsession. You will need to work out what type of behaviour your dog is displaying to develop the solution.
Now we know there are three types of dog behaviours that cause your dog to go crazy around other dogs. Let’s run through each type:
Your dog’s excitement runs away with him, and he or she is not aggressive to the other dog, he or she doesn’t leave them alone and doing all that they can to get near them regardless of the other dog, or owner doest want them too. You have zero control over them, and they don’t listen to a word you say. This type of behaviour is excitement!
Why is my dog so excited around other dogs?
Can be many factors why your dog is so excited around other dogs, the most common is lack of training and obedience.
Your dog physically wants to harm the other dog. The dog will show signs of aggression through their body language such as a stiff posture, snarling, growling, barking, showing teeth, and the ears usually go back depending on the breed. This type of behaviour is aggression!
Why is my dog aggressive?
Your dog could be aggressive due to fear, pain or illness, or protecting territory like yourself; dogs actually can class their owners as their properties which can lead to aggression towards other dogs.
Obsessive behaviour disorder in dogs is very much similar to excitement; however, they are two different behavioural problems and are corrected differently. Your dog will show a determined demeanour to get close to every dog; they will pull on the lead until they reach them, and they would be as vocal as can be. This type is obsessive behaviour and needs attention asap!
Why is my dog-obsessed?
Your dog could have an obsession with other dogs as he or she has lacked in social contact with other dogs in the past, especially when they are puppies. Some dogs are taken away from their mothers and siblings to young, perhaps been abandoned by their mother. There can be many reasons as to why they have grown up on their own. However, this will have a knock-on effect on their character as they get older.
Which behaviour best suits your dog?
Hopefully by now that you have figured out which type of behaviour problem your dog has, whether it be excitement, aggression or obsessive behaviour towards other dogs. I will now explain how to treat and what measure you can take to stop this craziness from happening.
How to resolve over excitement to other dogs whilst out and about
Firstly all dogs can be trained with the right techniques, whether they are young or old. They do change in intensity with each breed which can aid to hyperactivity to be more or less. Take, for instance, the Cocker Spaniel they are crazy hyper if not appropriately trained. To resolve an over-excited dog towards other dogs, you need to complete obedience training. In particular, the “leave it” command if your dog has never done the “leave it” training it would be best if you started, as you can use this technique when out and about.
How to implement the ‘leave it’ command whilst out walking.
When your walking along with your dog, as soon as he notices another dog it’s at this point you quickly say “leave it” you may need to say it many times until the dog has passed. Eventually, it becomes the norm, and your dog knows that they cant do as they want and pull on the lead and go crazy to get to other dogs, he now has a command that is understood. LEARN HERE – How to teach a dog to leave it
How to resolve aggression to other dogs
Firstly, let’s rule out any illnesses they might be suffering from on a trip to the vets for a check-up. Dogs, when they are in pain, can lash out, you need to consider taking them to the vets to rule out any other causes before you get to work, especially if it a new reaction that dogs have become to show.
However, aggression is commonly caused by a lack of proper socialisation and training. The type of training exercise you will need to complete is heel training. With an aggressive dog, you need to introduce training gradually, and when the time is right gradually introduce dogs its a slow process but very reliable. Never physically correct a dog when they are aggressive towards other dogs, as they can turn it on you. LEARN HERE – How to teach a dog to heel
How to implement the ‘heel’ command when outside walking your dog
When you’re walking your dog outside, and he or she is aggressive to other dogs, you can use the heel command to deal with any outbursts, when your dog is pulling angry on the lead, firmly shout “heel” when your dog heels make sure you praise.
How to resolve obsessive behaviours
Obsessive behaviour in dogs is down to the lack of social interaction, not necessarily down to just training its self, although training still plays a significant role. Just think if you were the only person on the plant and you met another person you would be intrigued and most likely would want their company, chat and be together. This is similar to dogs and the obsessive behaviour problem they can adopt when not properly socialised. A lonely dog needs friends; we all do. There are plenty of local dog social classes around, and I would suggest going to classes as often as you can.
It would be best if you found the balance between letting dogs be dogs and having friends, and behaving themselves whilst walking and being around other dogs.
- Reduce excitement – Prior going on a walk don’t get your dog all excited, this will only aid the excitement when they see other dogs out, slowly put the lead on, don’t shout walkies at the top of your voice. It would help if you were cool and calm.
- Take your dog to group classes to socialise
- When out walking and you see another dog, try to distract them with a treat and use the ‘heel’ and ‘leave it‘ training command.
You will need to judge each case, and each dog they meet to decide on the best action. Understanding the above three and completing the training, you will have many options to control your dog in different scenarios.
Understanding your dog is vital when it comes to knowing why they are so crazy around other dogs; it could be a possibility of different reasons. Hopefully, with the options above, you have concluded which one your dog full under to be able to treat it. Training plays an essential role in managing any dog; it will make your life easier and your dogs. I wish you good luck.
About the Author
Teresa has been a pet lover since she was little. She currently lives with two dogs and two cats, and a hamster. Teresa is a qualified dog groomer and canine behaviourist; these days, she spends her time studying canine nutrition. Teresa is the founder of the Dog Friendly Scene and loves sharing her knowledge on pets.