We have a dog whose mother had a significant amount of Rottweiler in her. We have no idea who his father is. He is about 13 months old, 65-70 pounds and recently has gotten really aggressive. We have moved within the last two months so I think this could have contributed to it with him really trying to mark his territory and all that. Whenever anyone comes near our house, he goes absolutely nuts. He growls, barks, and shows his teeth. It’s like he’s possessed and can’t think of anything else. On the occasion that he has gotten loose, he will run at the person, bark, and then immediately jump back and go at the person from another angle. He has never bitten or actually physically harmed anyone.
Obviously we are really concerned and do not want to have to give him up, but it’s terribly irresponsible to keep him in his current state. I figured the thing to do when he is acting aggressive like he does is to try to put him in a submissive position since he is obviously wanting power over the person he is antagonizing. I try to make him sit by forcing him down, but then he kicks back up again.
To make matters worse, we share a garage and a few buildings behind our house so there are always people walking around in our back yard so it’s not like we can really keep him put away in the back yard. For the record, we now keep him chained up at all times.
I really don’t know what to do with him. Our family loves him to death and treats him just like everyone else, but we think he has gotten a complex that he’s the alpha-male around the place and just runs things. We really wouldn’t trust him enough to leave him around people other than ourselves - he’s good as gold to our immediate family. How can you have a dog where people have to use side doors and sneak around to get to your house?
It’s not too late is it!? Any advice?