How do you train a 140 pound aggressive dog

Carefully and thoroughly.

Grover weighs over 140 pounds and is both heavier and more powerful than his owner.
He is dog aggressive and has attacked other dogs resulting in serious injury.

Grover is at the end of his training program and he has done great.
Here he is with his owner walking around Dr Penfield Park - with all the dogs runniing free and with several of them not only approaching but following him and trying to interact with him.

Dog owner and dog aggressive dog working together for the 1st time in Montreal Dog Park.

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Sheryl opted for an in home intensive training program to help Grover get past his issues with other dogs and it took us 2 weks from start to stop. This is Sheryl’s first lesson with Grover at the end of his course an they are off to a great start.

Sheryl does a great job and you can see how well Groveri responds to her. No change of body language at all when the dogs get up close and personal - and his focus is unflappable. Really great.

Did I mention it is their first time working together right after Grover’s training?

To add to things further - I am following them to give instructions and film and Grover is ignoring me - even though he spent 2 weeks glued to my side - and totally in Sheryl’s hands.

Trust your dog and his/her training

The reason we are at a dog park with a dog aggressive dog is to prove how controllable he is when other dogs come into his space. We would never purposely put another dog at any risk - and have taken every precaution - more than we need in fact to ensure things are ok. Grover’s behaviour is proof positive that the training has been succesfull and his attitude really shines and tells us all we need to know.
He trusts his owner and his training and even though he does not like other dogs getting into his space - there is no shift in behaviour nor any change in his body language when dogs approach him. He trusts his training and feels very safe working with Sheryl - the way it should be.

We cant control what we are going to encounter with our dogs once we head outside - so we need to build up our training for each person and dog’s specific needs.
Sheryl needs to know that Grover is well trained enough

A lovely review from Grover’s owner about her experience with Family K9 Dog Training

“Incredible! This was the forth time I have worked with Nick. This last time was to train my 140 lb Anatolian Sheppard who had become aggressive with other dogs over the past two years. I should have nipped his aggression in the bud right away but I kept on deluding myself to believe that I could control this and make it right myself. It had gotten to the point where I felt I might have no choice but to put him down and I was dreading every walk with him because I was so afraid he would attack a dog again and hurt both the dog and myself.
I am so glad I called Nick for help. He was incredible! Within three sessions Grover was already on his way to responding to the training. Nick is the consummate professional. He is a pleasure to work with. Always pleasant, very patient not only with the dog but with the owner and a fountain of useful knowledge about dogs and how their minds work. He is also very affectionate with the dog he is training. Grover was happy to see him everyday! On Friday he asked me to shadow him and Grover so I could see the new behaviour before he did the transfer session with me and I was bowled over. If you didn't know you would never guess that Grover has an aggression problem. Yesterday was the transfer lesson and I couldn't believe that I also could work with Grover, that he would respond to my commands and that I was back in control again. Nick adjusted the training to my needs as an owner with a physical handicap and I am so grateful for that. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone. If you the job done properly Nick is your man. Grover and I can't thank him enough!”

** A note about Grover’s muzzle.
He doesn’t need it - in fact in another video with Sheryl’s neighbour and her 2 dogs - you can see Grover working without the use of the muzzle and the dogs a very close by.
BUT - it gives Sheryl a sense of well being and that to me is very important because when the handler feels more confident - they are going to do a better job.
Further, Sheryl has done an excellent job teaching grover that the muzzle is a very positive thing - putting it on before walks and giving him a treat when he is wearing it.
He comes running happily to have it put on. Go Sheryl!

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