Originally Posted by martemchik
Not sure if you're being sarcastic or not but this is a very important line and is very true. Depending on the public setting you're in...people will naturally assume your dog is safe. Only an idiot would bring their aggressive dog into a public setting where it might do something stupid. Depending on where you are, you are kind of endangering the public (even though they are touching your dog without permission) when you take your dog and try to train/desensitize him to his fears...and they are fears.
Buy him a vest, or something that screams that he's in training. Last thing you want to EVER say in public is that my dog doesn't like X. People will look at you very strange. There are a lot of places you can find vests that say "dog in training, do not pet" or something like that and then people generally think its for service work and don't touch. Just make sure you're not playing the dog off as a service dog in training.
I was being sarcastic! I guess maybe I made it sound as though he's ever bitten another person. He hasn't. He puts up a very large front and then hides behind me at my house. In public he goes straight to standing behind me and peeking around at the person. I bring him out once a week for training both in commands and for his "aggression" or whatever you want to call it. My trainer friend suggested pairing men with children because Kane goes crazy (in a good way) for kids! I took him to petsmart the other day and a kid got excited about him. Kane rushed to kid and started kissing her all over and her dad chuckled and put his hand on Kane's head to pet him. Kane flinched but didn't back off and stayed right there to love on the little girl. When I told her this she suggested I bring a kid with me and go at it from that angle rather than treats. I'm still trying to find a kid lol. But my boss said I could take her 3yo son with me! So maybe that'll help?
But where can I find one of those vests?
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