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I had a really awful day today with my dog Lily who is 18 months old. I recently posted about her digging problem. She has started barking at any noise that she hears and at other dogs in the park. I normally walk her with a friend who is a dog walker with two small dogs and they always play very well together. Today my friend had a different dog with her and Lily became totally out of control and tried to attack the other dog. She was snarling and showing her teeth and I eventually had to pull her to the ground on top of me. Her heart was racing and I was just cuddling her trying to calm her down. I then put her back on the lead and everytime he came near her she went mad again.
I thought it was just because it was a different dog than usual but she has become aggressive to any dogs that she doesn't already know. I am so worried because she is usually very affectionate and friendly. I think I know the route of the problem. About 6 weeks ago she was hurt by a black dog and he almost pinned her to the ground. In the same week she was unbelievably hurt by another dog that we didn't know. Since then her behaviour has deteriorated but it has been a little bit masked because she is always walked with dogs that she knows.
I am very worried about her as she is a fabulous pet but I have two small children and I would hate her aggressive behaviour to spiral out of control. Does anybody have any advice on how to deal with this situation or know any behaviour experts in the Sidcup area? I am wary of finding random trainers on the internet as I don't believe in the harsh tactics some of them use.