Last Spring my husband and I adopted Nigel, a 2 yr old Corgi. He's an affectionate, smart and (mostly) obedient boy. The problem is he has an aggressive streak. He THROWS himself at the glass door when anyone (including my husband and I) come to the door. He barks and growls at anything that he deems unusual or out of place especially on walks, and he goes crazy when he sees or hears children or other dogs. I worry he may bite someone one day. We've done obedience training, but this problem has not been adequately addressed. We use positive reinforcement for good behavior and "corrections" for negative behavior. I feel confident he respects me and my husband. Can anyone offer any specific suggestions?

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I agree with what Kerry says and could you do some teaching/practice with someone you know by having him on the leash with one of you and a friend and their dog come to the door? Have him sit/down and make sure there are good treats for the "visitor" to give when he has listened and done what you have asked! So he can associate this door with good yummy treats when he does what is expected...this may take some time!
Kerry is right about the NLIF program. You can google it and it is pretty easy to follow. I think it is possible he has taken on the job of protecting the house. That fits well with the corgi background (they were used to guard the premises too that is part of the reason for the big bark). He just needs to be convinced that you have it under control. He will be happier and feel much more confident if you proceed.
Thanks for the feedback. Nigel gets a lot of excercise between several walks a day and crazy play with Katsu. Maybe he and I need a game just for us. He doesn't seem to understand "fetch". He knows "heel", "sit" and "down". "Stay" and "wait" are still works in progress.

The thing that has caught me off guard is how the aggression has escalated and become more generalized. I like the door idea, Jane. My neighbor has a couple of Australian Shephards. He may be willing to help. I'll google the NILF training today.
Check and see if your local Humane Society offers reactive rover classes those teach reactive dogs how to control impulses/be less fearfull of stimuli. they also teach handlers how to read the animals body/warning signs so behavior can de-escalated at a earlier stage. I'm sure you know millian and his teachings of stopping the behavior at level 1 instead of level 10.
good luck and many success's with Nigel =)


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