Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Albuquerque, NM
I agree that hitting the dog (even in a way that "doesn't hurt") is absolutely not an acceptable correction, even when your dog does something bad. It is too slow and too aggressive, so the dog does not associate it with what he did. To him, you're just a crazy person who is threatening him. He does not know that you're only going to hit him lightly every time--you're already hitting him for no reason (in his understanding of the situation), so why should he trust you not to hurt him?
I suspect that when you were playing with him, you accidentally did something that pushed him over the edge and made him decide that he couldn't let you near him anymore. The reason I think that is that he is only aggressive towards you, and only when you try to touch him.
I think you need to hire a trainer, preferably one with positive methods. I doubt more hitting or correction is going to fix this. In the meantime, you can start rebuilding your relationship with the dog by mostly ignoring him, and just tossing treats to him when you're in the room. Don't touch him, don't approach him, don't yell at him or hit him. Just let him learn to relax around you again for awhile.
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