Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Jenna, you really do need to attend to this behaviour as soon as possible and you need professional help - an answer here is just not going to suffice. Aggression of any type should not be allowed and it will become a 'learned' behaviour and can easily escalate. As you have a young child it is especially important to address this as soon as possible. Your dog is still young so it will be much easier for a behaviourist to show you how to turn the behaviour around. They would also help you with the ingoring behaviour your dog is currently exhibiting, and jumping over the fence. I would suggest you contact either your vet who can recommend somebody or else the Animal Behaviour Consultants of SA and look for a professional close to where you live. Incidentally, congratulations! It is so nice to find caring owners who ensure that their dogs get out for much need mental and physical stimulation by way of a walk. Thanks Scotty
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