Update on Finley
I took Finley to Top in Grayslake yesterday for an evaluation. The trainer was very knowledgeable. He seems to think that w/ the correct training on my part & Finleys part, he has the potential to be a great dog. He said a some of his aggression issues might be from the way I handle him. I hold his leash tight & close to me. He said this puts him in protective mode. When I should be holding it loose, with a quick pop to correct. Of course, thats not 100% of the reason he acts this way, but it made complete sense when he pointed it out.
He gave a few options, one on one training or boot camp to mention a few.
I also took him for xrays today. I am completely shocked by the results. He has absolutely no signs of hip dysplasia. She said his hips actually look really healthy, The only thing going on is he has a small piece of bone floating around near his left hock. Which might be causing some discomfort. But she believes his aggression issues are strictly behavioral.
So now, this just makes things harder. So, back to the drawing board on our options. i will keep you posted on our decision.