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    Dog behavior

    I have a 16 month old Bulldog/boxer mix.We had him neuetered when he was 14 months old.Ever since that,he becomes aggressive without warning.We have a 6 year old from the same breeder and have had no issues.Could this be a hormonal problem? If I can't find an answer,I'm afraid I will have to put him down.95% of the time he is fine.He does not fight with the other dog.I play with him,and he gets mad.His eyes get bloodshot,and his tongue goes purple,and he goes into a fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bubbajoe View Post
    I have a 16 month old Bulldog/boxer mix.We had him neuetered when he was 14 months old.Ever since that,he becomes aggressive without warning.We have a 6 year old from the same breeder and have had no issues.Could this be a hormonal problem? If I can't find an answer,I'm afraid I will have to put him down.95% of the time he is fine.He does not fight with the other dog.I play with him,and he gets mad.His eyes get bloodshot,and his tongue goes purple,and he goes into a fit.
    What kind of training have you done with him? Has he ever been to any obedience classes? It should not be hormonal, because he was neutered. But do take him for a vet visit, in case there is something else going on that means he is in pain. Pain can make any animal unpredictable. Is it just during play this happens?
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    Dog behavior

    It's hard to explain.I will be tugging on a toy,and he snaps.I've been around dogs all of my life.I have never seen this this happen.One minute he is playing and then he goes into attack mode.

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    I agree with Karen that a vet visit might be in order. When you say he goes into a fit, do you mean that he is attacking you?
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    dog behavior

    Yes.He does a 180.He will calm back down almost as fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bubbajoe View Post
    Yes.He does a 180.He will calm back down almost as fast.
    Follow up response:We took the dog to the vet.They gave him medicine for anxiety.This helped for 80% of the problem.We are going to another vet,because ours won't do a hormone test.They insist it has nothing to do with the neutering.We are using punishment when he does act up,and it's helping.We couldn't before due to his aggressiveness.Time will tell.I'll keep you posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bubbajoe View Post
    Follow up response:We took the dog to the vet.They gave him medicine for anxiety.This helped for 80% of the problem.We are going to another vet,because ours won't do a hormone test.They insist it has nothing to do with the neutering.We are using punishment when he does act up,and it's helping.We couldn't before due to his aggressiveness.Time will tell.I'll keep you posted.
    Discouraging and scolding I am sure, not physical punishment! Glad the vet visit is helping so much, anxiety can be a scourge, both in people and pets!
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    I cringed at the term 'punishment.' Positive reinforcement is important. It helps build confidence in the dog, and a bond with you.

    When I read your description of playing with him and he 'snaps,' I thought of cats who get overstimulated, and lash out. I have 2 cats who can handle 2 strokes, but that 3rd one is just too much, and the paw smacks my hand - claws out! OUCH! Maybe the play session is too long, too intense, for him to handle. Perhaps play with him for a shorter time, and end on a positive note, with treats and praise.

    Have you talked w/ the breeder at all about his behavior? I also don't think this is hormones related to the neutering. Glad the anxiety meds help!

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    Rip willie

    With a heavy heart,I had to put willie down.Anxiety medication and a good stern"NO" was doing good.This morning,he went nasty and wouldn't calm down.He tore up my wifes hand.I have raised dogs all of my life and have never seen this kind of behavior.Three different vets had three different theories.Say what you want,but it started after the neuter.

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    I'm so, so sorry... Sorry for you and for your wife, and sorry for Willie. You did your best, all you could, but still... Rest in peace, dear Willie. You're free from all that was troubling you now, sweetheart.

    Healing thoughts of your wife...bubbajoe. I hope for her a swift recovery.

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    Sorry to hear of your trouble but you did what was best, for you and your dog.

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    Willie

    Thank you for all of your help through this.Thank you for all of the condolences too.

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