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Can you help a very troubled dog please?

We got Charlie from a rescue and at first he was the perfect dog. A few months went by and then one day he was scared by a man behaving badly and from then on it was as if he did not feel safe with us anymore and showed aggression towards men and sometimes other dogs though he always gets on with other dogs in the home and the cats. He he adores my husband. We know he was beaten and abused and I found out later that in the rescue he went for men's ankles!
He was hurt badly playing with another dog - it was not meant just rough play and since then sometimes tries to dominate other dogs but sometimes will act silly around female dogs. He is neutered. He wears a muzzle at all times when outside of the home. He can walk past 15 men and then try to attack the 16th man - no rhyme or reason that we can see. I walk then alone as my husband cannot walk very far. I know that he cannot be content as these outbursts show that and I want him to be as happy and feel secure as our other dogs - both of whom joined the family after him - dogs that were here when he came have passed over. Charlie is a Labrador/German Shepherd with the seemingly bad points of both breeds. Can you suggest a remedy that will help him please? Cjarlie is about 7 years old and fit and healthy. I have tried trainers and behaviourists and all they said after they took our money was 'Put a muzzle on him'. I would always use the muzzle but I want to make him feel he does not have to behave this way.
  Kathyw on 2011-06-02
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Nat Mur 6x may help to calm him down. Dose 2 tablets thrice daily.

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Joe De Livera last decade
Can you describe what he is like when he attacks?

Does he have any fears, or any other strange behaviour?
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
He just lunges and barks and were it not for the muzzle he would bite. we know he cannot see anything coming from behind on his left side through some sort of bashing he had but he will attack someone from the front so that is not always the reason. He became afraid of fireworks and thunder two years ago. No reason just start to show fear at very loud noises whereas before he had taken no notice and a few months ago was petrified because of airplanes passing overhead, this never happened before. He is unpredictable and that is the worry. At home he is adorable and very loving. He play fights with our little Yorkie and is very gentle with him.
Kathyw last decade
I can't advise on homeopathy but am a dog walker and trainer . It sounds like he is lucky to have found you and you are doing your best for him . I'm not sure where you are but here in the uk ,people can just set up as a behavouirist without training ,often they have big egos and a heavy hand .
It's difficult for me to give you all the help you need but , 1 thing you many not have tried and will give you security is a training line . Leave it on your dog when you walk him , just let it trail behind him . 15 ft is a good length . This will mean you can catch him easily if you need to.
But really it's to take responsabity from him , if he spools or barks call him calmly once pick up the rope and walk briskly away from whatever is concerning him, in the opposite direction, not into it then past it . You will have taken passive leadership of the situation and he will be relieved it's not his responsibility . It's hard to explain in a nut shell but I hope that can releve some stress for both of you . Also pet sounds .com , I think make some cd that you can use to desensitise him to sounds like fire works and thunder . Start them low and gradually tern the volume up when he has his food this will make them posative sounds . Very important to start them low . I hope I have helped and not told you stuff you know already . Anyways good luck give him a cuddle from me x
Phoenix75 last decade
You could try the remedy Borax. Get hold of 30c and I will tell you how to dose him once you have it.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
Thank you everyone for kindly replying to my post. My apologies for the delay but my Mum had a massive stroke and it threw my off kilter for a while and I did not want to start CB on anything while there was a possibility of me not keeping it up because of Mum. Things are calm now so I will start CB on Nat. Mur 6c from tomorrow and will report back how it goes. I plan to try one suggestion at a time and see how it goes.
Phoenix - thank you. I have tried a long line with him but I have other dogs and one in particular walks close to me all the time and a few times she has got caught when CB has tried to lunge and as she has dodgy legs anyway I am loathe to cause her anymore trouble. I have followed your suggestion re food and noises and we have noticed that he ignores noises when he is eating unless they are very loud (recorded noises) however he refuses to eat when noise is real and very loud and will go and sit lay in his tent(a blanket hung over two chairs) and will only eat long after said noise has gone. I am so grateful to you all for taking the time to help me.
Kathyw last decade
Again my apologies. My beloved Mum passed over and my thoughts were taken up completely by her illness and passing. Charlie has improved a little in that he has shocked me at times by just sniffing at something whilst a jogger came from nowhere and passed by him almost touching him and Charlie not even turning to look! Big, big improvement. But I can never take that for granted and so walk continue to be fraught for me instead of the enjoyable time with my dogs they should be. I did try the long line again but my old girl got caught again as I had to grab it quickly and she walked across it at the same time. She was hurt and we had to curtail our walk so that is not an option anymore. Thank you all for your advice and any more suggestions would be gratefully accepted.
Kathyw last decade

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