Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
I think a combination of time and management will help. You haven't had him very long so I would not allow anyone (other than a vet) to be hugging him or grabbing his paws. Instead, have visitors drop treats and allow him (the dog) to initiate physical interactions. I also adopted a dog at 3.5 years of age who would not accept that sort of restraint from people she didn't know (she would air snap). If people would not listen to my rules for interacting with my dog, then I would keep her in a crate or another room away from visitors, for her own comfort. Some dogs are just not going to be cool with people they don't know grabbing them in that way, especially when they are new to you and your house as well.
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