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Cesar Millan Intervenes Before An Aggressive Boxer Brutally Attacks A Poodle!

Cesar helps two violent boxers who try to attack every dog they meet!

Mocha and Chip are boxers who both share a propensity for aggression. Their desire to attack other dogs is so strong that their owners can’t even safely walk them around their neighborhood! On this episode of “Cesar 911,” Cesar makes it his mission to rehabilitate the violent dogs. While Mocha proves fairly easy to rehabilitate, Chip proves to be a challenge for the experienced dog trainer. 

Before Cesar can even start working with Chip, the violent boxer starts trying to brutally attack every other dog he sees. Most notably, Chip tried to lunge at an innocent poodle during a greeting. If Cesar didn’t intervene in time, Chip would have likely seriously injured the poodle, or even killed the other dog. Watch the shocking moment in the below clip! 

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While it’s unclear why these boxers are so eager to attack other dogs, the solution is fairly simple. Cesar has to read the dogs’ body language and be ready to snap them out of their violent trance before they attack. It takes practice and education to learn how to read a dog’s body language and to respond correctly, which is something Mocha and Chip’s owners will need to learn. While Cesar can lay the foundation for rehabilitation, it will be up to the pet parents to continue reinforcing the training Cesar started with consistency. 

Because of the severity of the dogs’ aggressive outbursts, Cesar has no choice but to rely on E-collars. The idea of using E-collars is to literally shock the dogs out of the bad behavior before a fight ensues and other dogs or people get hurt. In addition, Cesar taught Chip’s owners how to promote relaxation while walking. As you saw in the above clip, Chip becomes tense and lashes out when the leash is tense. Similarly, the dog relaxes when his owner is calm and gives him slack on the leash. 

If your dog is reactive toward other dogs, especially while they are on the leash, rest assured that you are not alone. Your dog may suffer from leash anxiety. Because dogs lose their freedom while on the leash, they may jump into “fight” mode if they feel nervous or are threatened by another dog. Because your dog is tethered to you by the leash, there is no way for him to go into “flight” mode and run away to safety. 

If your dog tends to bark, growl, or lunge at other dogs or people while on the leash, you might want to consider clicker training if your situation isn’t severe enough to warrant the use of shock collars. With clicker training, you’ll teach your dog that he gets praise or treats anytime he shows good behavior. That good behavior is marked by the clicking sound the clicker makes. When you are walking your dog and see possible triggers coming your way, click the clicker before your dog has a chance to react aggressively. Over time, this action will cause your dog to associate his former triggers positively. Instead of suffering from leash anxiety and acting out, your dog will learn he gets rewarded for staying calm and keeping his composure. Get started with this set of two clickers from Amazon (only $6!).

With the above mentioned, it’s also important to introduce dogs in the right ways to prevent fighting. While dogs sometimes get into scuffles as they establish dominance and boundaries, dog fights can be incredibly dangerous. Remember these 5 tips the next time you are introducing your dog to another furry friend. 

1.) If you do nothing else, make sure you introduce the dogs on neutral territory. Dogs instinctively try to defend their own territory from other canines and may try to fight intruders. Ideally, pick a large fenced-in area outside, such as a dog park or the backyard of a friend who doesn’t have pets. There should be enough room for the dogs to run around off-leash, as they may feel more comfortable not being tethered. At the very least, there should be enough room for both dogs to roam on-leash. Never bring a new dog into your home without first introducing the pups on neutral territory. 

2.) If you have to do an on-leash introduction, try walking the dogs together. Especially if your dog is reactive to other dogs while on the leash, you’ll need to take the introduction slowly. Start by walking the dogs parallel to each other at a distance, such as across the street from each other. The dogs should be aware of each other,  but still kept far enough apart that they don’t feel nervous or threatened. Walk the dogs in the same direction and let them sniff, use the bathroom, and do their other favorite walk activities. As the walk continues, gradually decrease the distance between the dogs until they are comfortable walking side by side. Each pet owner should stay calm and keep the leash loose to encourage a relaxed meeting. And whatever you do, don’t allow a direct face-to-face approach to happen as the dogs get closer, since head-on and leashed is a stressful and unnatural way for dogs to meet.

3.) Sometimes, dogs will try to guard their resources from other pets or people if they think something they deem valuable will be taken away. Therefore, you should get rid of anything that might cause a dog fight. This means putting away tantalizing treats, toys, bones, pet beds, and food bowls that one or both the dogs may be willing to fight to protect. As the dogs get to know each other, you can slowly introduce things like toys and treats if the pups seem to be getting along. 

4.) Pay attention to your dog’s body language. If you know how to read your dog’s body language, you will be able to identify happy cues or spot signs that a fight may be brewing so you can prevent it before it starts. If you don’t feel comfortable reading your dog’s body language, make sure a certified animal trainer is present to help you through the introduction. 

5.) Don’t force anything and try to be as hands-off as possible as your dog and the new dog meet. Your dogs will get to know each other and interact at their own pace. For example, if your dog runs over to you, don’t force them to get closer to the other dog. This is a sign that your dog needs a break from the interaction and will return to socializing with the other dog when he’s ready. If you force the interaction, you could trigger one or both of the dogs to lash out. 

While we hope this never happens, find out what to do if your dog does end up in a dog fight! 

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