|Barked: Thu Feb 14, '08 12:07am PST |
|Hi Loki! We have gone a long ways and yet traveled such a short distance...
A couple momths back we started hand feeding him. That lasted about 3 weeks until Kozi bit my wife while feeding him. Then a couple days later, he bit me while my wife was around. It took a lot of time and energy to feed him two pieces at a time. Once Sachiko got bit, she didn't want to feed him like that anymore, so we stopped.
It had got to the point where we couldn't even get his food on the ground before he started growling or charging us. We had tried everything everyone told us to do... and it wasn't working. I found a dog trainer here on base and gave him a call. He trains the dogs for the military, so it seemed like a good idea.
The trainer was a really nice guy and had great intentions, but in the end... he was just a dog trainer. Meaning... he tried to train Kozi's behavior out of him. I won't mention the tactics he used, as I would mostly likely get a lot of angry barks, but I can say that they only partially worked. We got to the point where we could feed Kozi and SOMETIMES stick our fingers in his bowl... but could not touch him. It had to be wet food (or combination)... something to bribe him enough. And the bowl was HUGE. It seemed like progress was being made... but Kozi was still unpredictable. He was being just good enough not to be "trained" again. I ended up getting bit again, so we stopped that.
At the beginning of the month I went back to the states for some training. Before I left, Kozi was doing better then ever... but didn't like to be bothered. We could walk by him as long as we weren't too close or stop near him. When he felt we were up to something, he would growl, but more or less under his breath. We started throwing peices of pup-peroni in his dish when we was being good to teach him we weren't there to mess with him. Anyways, my wife says he was doing great while I was away. But when I got back, I got up the next morning went to feed him and it was like the 2 months never happened. He was very aggressive and right now we really can't even pet him. We have to take things very slow and let him initiate contact. I've already been bit twice and my wife once just by petting him on the head.
The thing that makes it worse is knowing we did this to him. Most of it anyways. Both by allowing it to happen and by doing the things we thought was not allowing it to happen.
The good news, we are finally in a position where we can enlist professional help. I found a ADPT certified behavioralist not to far from here (hard to find when you live in Japan!), and just received a reply from them this morning. So we will be using them to turn Kozi's (and ours!) behavior around.
That turned out way longer then expected. bol. You asked a simply question and got a book back return. Thanks for the concern, Loki and wish us luck!
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