|Barked: Thu Apr 25, '13 1:33pm PST |
|Have you considered looking for a Veterinary Behaviorist?
This dog sounds incredibly uncomfortable with people handling him, and under socialized. In fact, he sounds incredibly similar to my old foster dog - difference being breeds. My foster dog was a small hound, so probably easier to handle, but he was aggressive in very very similar situations and bit multiple people as well.
While you're figuring out what to do, I would keep him muzzled(basket style muzzle) in the presence of your kids, and I would have him put in a separate room, crated when guests are over to keep him from feeling overwhelmed.
Sending him away to Board and Train situations will ONLY make the situation worse and make him more uncomfortable with strange people. I would not ever recommend that training situation, much less for a dog that is clearly very uncomfortable being handled by anyone else but you.
Have you had a thorough Vet check done yet? If not, do so, and make sure it's not a health issue too.
I'll let you know.. I DID manage to work past my fosters issues, but it took MONTHS and it took daily training, and it took my building up his trust in me and getting him comfortable first, slowly, with me handling him, and then eventually bringing one other person at a time into the mix. It took quite a while of working on those issues and managing him so he COULDN'T bite anyone, before I finally managed to get him past them. Were there still situations he was uncomfortable in? Absolutely. But he found a furever home, and he learned how to bark to express his discomfort.
Your brother, putting his hands in the crate while Leo was growling, was taunting a dog that was already giving a clear warning indication. The good news is Leo appears to give warning signals. The bad news, is your brother continued to taunt the poor dog and forced him to resort to a bite.
Whatever you decide, good luck..
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