|Barked: Sun Aug 13, '06 7:43pm PST |
|We took in Tom about 6 years ago. We were his third home; his first was abusive. He had major issues. He would snap at us for no reason, he would attack our other dog, you name it. 6 years later
and with the help of Bark Busters training, he is a much better behaved dog. Not perfect, mind you, but better. He still has his moments, he still snaps at us occasionally, and if he is in our car and someone approaches, even someone he is familiar with, he'll want to rip their head off. The solution? We make sure the windows are up when we are stationary somewhere. My point is, most dogs have quirks; things that set them off just as certain things set us humans off. The solution is to know what sets off your dog and try to prevent their unwanted behavior before it happens. For example, Tom was terrible walking on a leash, and if he saw another dog out on a walk, he would growl and want to run full steam ahead to get to the other dog. Out trainer told us to be very aware of our surroundings and when we saw another dog, we should immediately snap Tom out of his frozen, focused stance with leash and voice commands. It worked. If we could get his attention, and use commands before he got too focused on the other dog, we could literally prevent him from growling, barking and pulling to get to the other dog. We were thrilled!
I strongly suggest you seek professional help from a trainer or behaviorist to deal with this problem. We could not take Tom to the dog park prior to our training, and now we can take him and he does great with the other dogs. We could barely walk him on a leash, now we can. He would jump on every person who came in our home (very embarassing), now he doesn't. Keep in mind, the training can be hard work and takes time, but the payoff is worth more than anything. Good luck to you!
p.s. Our Nina, who is an absolute sweetheart of a dog, DESPISES children. I have no idea why, we have had her since 10 weeks old.
Just another example that even a "perfect" dog can have a quirk.
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