|Barked: Tue Nov 13, '12 6:34am PST |
|Asher offered very good advice. Good steps to follow. I just wanted to offer you encouragement, as your dog has only bitten in certain specific situations which you enumerated, and does not seem generally aggressive.
As soon as he shows teeth, before he air snaps, back off. You want to approach him so that he does not show teeth, so always use a treat for him, to show him that handling is a good thing. Many dogs HATE having their feet handled, this is often something that has to be built up to. If your partner cannot remember this, then you must be the only one to handle your dog.
For example, Rolo did not like to be leashed up by my bf. He retreated into the back of his crate -- when bf reached, Rolo snarled, snapped and nipped him lightly (no blood, no bruise). No problem if I leashed him up, and he is used to collar grabs from me. (A lot of dogs hate collar grabs if not conditioned to them.) So now bf always trades a treat for a leash-up.
Rolo also bit 2 men (not badly, through clothes) -- friends -- who barreled in the door, when he first came to my house. Now everyone walks calmly and slowly into the house when Rolo is out and allows him to approach them on his own time. Much better!
So even though your dog has bitten, all is not lost. Handling feet and collar grabbing are two of the most annoying or invasive things you can do to a dog. So take heart.
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