Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      1st Please Post Your Fishing Report - Then Join the NEW - Private Fishing Report Clubs   01/24/2018

      Private Fishing Report Clubs - Click Here - Post Your Fishing Report Before Joining
      1st, be sure you post a fishing report in the forums, then ask to join after you post a fishing report in your area forum. The Private Fishing Report Clubs are where folks can share private fishing information with club members who have proven they know what's going on. Fishing Report Clubs Link also in Menu above. Apply to become a member today, while it's still easy. 

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  

Dog becoming aggresive towards stangers

Recommended Posts


I have a 13 month old black lab. So far he's been a great dog, fetching machine. But lately he's been aggresive towards stangers in public places. He will bark and growl at my neighbors, after a quick stern NO and it usually subsides and he goes and greets them friendly wagging his tail. He gets tons of socialization with other people and dogs. But the last time i took him fishing he charged 2 people who pulled their boat next to mine and backed them into the corner of the dock. I chased him down and booted him in the side off the dock. I felt horrible kicking him but that was my first reaction. I dont beat my dog and realize beating a dog will get you no where. He stood sheepishly in the water for a couple minutes before i could get him to move. From what ive read and been told agression doesnt cure an aggresive dog. I have also heard using a shock collar is not the proper solution. Even though the lessons learned using the shock collar has proven to be stick whether he has it on or not. Anybody have experience with a situation like this?

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Believe it or not I think your dog is probably reacting out of fear or nervousness-he sees strangers as threats, to you or to him.It might be wise to keep him under better control when around other people-on a leash or restrained. Walk around with him on leash and walk up to people, or have them walk up to you while you stroke his head and calm him. When he sees that the people are not threatening perhaps that will help. Most Labs are TOTALLY the opposite of course and try to lick the faces off people!

And then it could be you are the unfortunate owner of a bad dog. But lets try the first ideas-keep him under control, don't let him run around loose at the dock etc. He then becomes a TOTAL pain-in-the-asstrophyics to others. Result is they find the dog annoying....but its YOU they don't like! frown.gif

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I have never had this problem with any dog I have ever owned but I have seen a few episodes of "The Dog Whisperer" and everytime he deals with an aggressive dog as soon as they start to become aggressive he will put them in a submissive position (laying them on their side and back). It seems to work for him.

P.S. I also stayed at a Holiday Inn Express

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the the tips. I was also told by a co-worker that if he continues to do this try to put him in a time out in a kennel for 5 or 10 minutes. I dont want to beleive he is a bad dog, This issue has just recently started to worry me. So far I've had him hunting with at least 10 different dogs, He went to dog training classes, and he's been around small children ages 10 month to 10 years with no issues except he likes to shake to much which could scratch kids(I should have never taught him that). Maybe he was trying to protect my boat? I will definately put him on lead in situations like that again. I just didnt think about it since it was a tiny lake in the middle of nowhere with only 2 other boats on it.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Time out? I guess I don't see what that will do to hinder him from continuing to be aggressive.

I agree, he needs to understand he is not a dominant animal. He should always be leashed when in public. I love dogs, but I hate dogs that are allowed to roam at will and end up jumping on me or getting in my way. I've had dogs jump in my boat before while their owners go about their business. It is a real pet peave of mine.

Whenever I have a young dog show ANY signs of aggression, they immediatley end up on their back in a submissive posture, with me on top, hand wrapped around their muzzle pushing it towards their necks and getting in their face saying 'no'in a deep and menacing tone. When I release them, they should stand up with their tail between their legs and I immediatley command 'heel' and then calm them down. I pet them as long as they remain quiet and tell them 'good dog'. One or two of those sessions usually cures any aggression they have. I do this during feeding time also. They are not allowed to growl or snap when I put my hand in their dish or they gety the same treatment.

I also agree with Ufatz, he needs MUCH more socialization on the leash. Do not allow him to show any signs of aggression. Do not kick or hit him. You may cause him to react with a bite. You need to bite this in the butt asap or you will have big time problems in the near future.

Good Luck!


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Fathom
      Set up deeper on rock reef for the rest of the weekend and only managed one fish (26" eye), missed a couple others. We wanted to stay deeper due to all the traffic on the lake. We did enjoy a good time at Fishing for Ducks, we saw a nice walleye pulled through the ice but it only measured 27.5". Talk about a bummer for that guy!
    • Jarrid Houston
      Roads to the islands always need to be taken very cautious and I would encourage going with someone who knows the area..  I believe they were shutting down the highway H extension due to this recent weather we just got?  Plenty of fish and opportune situtations in the bay.
    • cookie129
      Another crazy busy weekend is in the books. I really enjoy giving out my fishing/what's happening on the lake reports but finding the time has been tough. To say its a grind is a understatement.
       I can tell you again as the season winds down I'm never ready for it to end, as I truly love being out there in my trucks, moving houses, plowing the  hillmen highway, giving advise, helping other fishermen when they do something silly, Driving into a snow bank, dropping there gun down a hole or any other important object like there keys. Every year all the workers seem to get a little grumpy as fighting mother nature, going from sun up to sunset takes a toll physically and mentally. It also seems I ruffle a few feathers every year and its never my intent  so I have to chalk it up as a long season. If I stepped on anyone's toes it sure was not planned or intended as all most every day plan a turns to plan b and c. Mother nature dictates where I go sometimes as well as any plowed roads that can make our job easier. The cookie shuffle worked very well this year as I tell everyone that gets lost in my maze of trails. I'm not a road engineer.
       Man did we get overwhelmed with wheel house's this past weekend, any fish coming from southwest had to go threw a gauntlet of hooks to find my fishermen.
       I had two wheel house's  that I set up at the end of the hillmens highway and was surprised how bad they did. I guess I should of went south not east? The nw road has gotten to much to maintain, there's one lone house out that way that will need a new trail made .
       Its all started Thursday as jonnny boy and I prepped for the weekend with Joe, Zack, Adam and   his crew arriving fro florida. Zacks birthday wish was fishing red lake, they had a blast. They went to westwind where they enjoyed a fish fry, plus they took home a few fish with a couple even getting a ride in florida fish house as we moved a small distance to put it on fresh ice for there last night sunday. Last year when they came we landed on the elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie mother load? I think  they had dreams for a year of repeating that. Every year is different and again this year was no exception.
       Ben who proposed in old Minnesota to Shawna 8 years ago were in old Minnesota with there two adorable kids. Louie the fishing machine and his little sister Willa plus there friend Nelli.
       They had a blast also with Shawna getting a elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie to boot. They also managed to take home a nice batch of upper red lake walleyes.
       Hunter and his two buddies were in north Dakota. It was slow but they also managed to take home a batch of fish.
       Charlie and Rizzo were in montana , They were very serious about there fishing and went home with there 8.
      Jeromy and his gal were in north Carolina Saturday, sunday . They also managed to get there 8.
       Sunday was a very tough day as we had all 5 houses re rented. I was planning on moving all of them so we battled mother nature the whole time as a ne wind with 2 inches of snow made it impossible to see. At one point I was getting sea sick as I struggled to see, With the sky, horizon and the lake all the same color. wow what a struggle.
       It took us  7 1/2 hours but we got every thing cleaned, moved.
       Mother nature has given us another bout of snow so tomorrow I will let every one know how the houses did the last two days as its time to check the fluids and fire up the fleet
    • nickeleye
      Figured I should report back... I fished prime time on Saturday morning and Saturday evening. No action. It didn't help that I forgot to grab the vexilar on the first outing, but it didn't help to have it on the second outing either! ha! Marked a few but couldn't get them to bite. Used a GPS chip to punch some holes over structure, but when I came back with the vexilar, they weren't quite as deep as I hoped. Thanks for the pointers BrianF
    • LucasLongCaster
      Around this time last year this thread was started by @Royal_Dutchman. I got my trip planned for April but by the look of the extended forecast it's not looking to promising, especially compared to where it was at last year on Feb 23rd. 
    • osok
      Been a brutal hard water season for me as well, figured it was a continuation of my fall fishing luck. 
    • Wanderer
      Thanks guys.  I checked out Modis for ice coverage and Navionics to help understand how things are laid out.  Knowing what areas certain fish prefer and those typical depths is a big plus.
    • urbaniceteam
      My wife and I are hoping to get up to Mille Lacs this Saturday and spend the night on the ice.  Does anyone have any last minute availability?  All the resorts I've contacted are booked. Thanks!
    • Borch
      Lots of nice fish!  Central Mn is cranking out some nice panfish.
    • eyeguy 54
      I did till about 2 then just had to go for a bit. LOL 
  • Share & Have Fun