Person, trying to remember

Living with an aggressive dog 11


by Erik Prins


Try to remember

I have to cast my mind back 10 months ago. When he first arrived, we knew very little about Josh’s behaviour, temperament or what might trigger him. First thing first which was trying to just watch him and his non-verbal communication.

This is not as easy as it may sound. One thing I noticed even at the kennels was that his pupils were constantly dilated. His heckles were up which was generally in the morning. Josh reacted to certain noises. I observed that he can be slow in moving his hind legs when he is going outside. Josh also refused to eat and as I mentioned before he was and still is protective of his back.

Dog standing in a crate which has its door open and the dog looking up
doggie crate

Crate option

Some of the behaviours displayed could be a sign of stress, fear or pain. These might be accompanied by panting, cowering or having his tail between his legs. Josh did not do this, this does not rule out there is no fear, stress or pain. Josh’s behaviour did not follow what I was expecting.

To minimise risk to both humans and dogs, I developed a risk management strategy in the animal behaviour world this can be called a behaviour management plan (BMP). two strategies, which the kennel had provided from day one was a muzzle and a crate. I soon realised that Josh did not like the crate at all.

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Erik Prins

Hello, My name is Erik, I am a 3D (Dutch, Dyslexic, Diabetic), 55-year-old young man who lives with his wife, daughter and 3 Greyhounds in North Warwickshire. I volunteer as a dog trainer and run my own dog training and dog psychology business. I am proudly Dyslexic, please forgive my grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and you may be so lucky to experience my chaotic mind. I hope you will enjoy the content as it builds up over time.