|Barked: Sun May 29, '05 11:58pm PST |
|I really don't feel qualified to make reccomendations for either of you, because I'm not a trainer, but I do feel that these are issues that can be worked through.
Keiko is right, it will take baby steps and time, but it can be done! Sterling is not a rescue dog and has never been abused by a human or seriously hurt by another dog, but when he was about 5 months old, he suddenly decided that all male, neutered (only neutered) pit bulls must die. Which was a frightening aggression problem. But we got through it, and he's totally aggression free, thanks to the help of a wonderful animal behaviorist.
It turned out not to be an aggression issue so much as a fear one, as might be the case with your dogs. For Sterling, he was cautious of all neutered males as they didn't "smell right" to him. AND pit bulls scared him a bit, so by figuring out that combination and working with us extensively, Sterling's "shrink" helped him to be a totally confident, well-socialized dog with good social skills, and helped me to be less jumpy when Sterling was approached by a neutered male pit bull.
And I was DEFINETLY at least, if not more, half of the problem. I got tense, so Sterling got protective and lashed out. Might that be a problem for you guys too? Your dogs really do read your body language and react to it more than you know.
Anyway, a behaviorist is the way to go, and good luck!
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