|09-05-2013 10:40 PM|
there is much to learn with dogs especially pups, its not just training a dog, it is more to do with training the person who is on the other end of the leash IMO. The main goal is to be consistent. I would suggest to have the trainer work with you and have the person you leave your dog with join you. Also dogs have the ability to pick up on the slightest stress of whom ever they are paired with and will act as so.
Take when you train a dog to work protection or Shulz, what do you do? You tie the dog to a pole or a handler to hold back. This auto makes the dog more agressive to go after what is in front out of their reach. So when ever introducing someone to a dog on a leash you should always have the dog in a sit, with a command to let the dog know you are in command then let the person come in or introduce. The fist commands IMO that all should start with is Sit/down and come/here unconditional. Then move on, with out this foundation you are building on sand and not a sound foundation IMO.
I would not stress to much about this, or blame yourself. With out being there you will never know what set the dog off, and missed a chance to see the look or stance of your dog when he is stressed. It does not matter what so ome looks like or how tall, if you have your dog, they must listen to your commands as their leader. This is what you should speak about with your trainer. Start off on the small commands, with food, then play drive. Repeat, repeat, and repeat. Don't stress, stay calm in all situations, that is the hardes part. Train small and in short sports, no longer then 15 mins at a time. Stay consistency, have all who will be with the dog work the dog, to build a mutual respect. Never miss a chance to reinforce, every time doorbell rings, feeding, and all. Have fun. Hope I did not go on and on or over board. Just trying to help.
|09-05-2013 10:21 PM|
I would be very cautious where you leave her.
She is not protecting, but in fear...as you know. I hope the trainer you have knows how to work her through this, set her up for success and build her confidence(corrections should be very minimal)
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|09-05-2013 10:04 PM|
I wasn't there so i cant say for sure. But what i know of her and the situation it was a fear bite.
She is young, i dont know a whole lot about her previous home or what her parents were like. More than likely bad breeding (byb)
The lady that i got her from did disclose after i got her that her mom was was skittish but the dad was out going.
So this could be genetics. I got her when she was about 4.5 months old. She was very skittish of me at first and barked and barked at me, just very fearful but not aggressive to me, although with her behavior i had the previous owner pick her up and put her in the car, because i did not trust her at that time.
I am not sure if she was both trying to protect the family and herself and being fearful?
|09-05-2013 09:16 PM|
Was this a gatoring, or a fear bite?
She is quite young to be attacking people
|09-05-2013 09:11 PM|
Thank you for your support Alley, I am glad that your dog has a happy story and is awesome!
My uncle is very tall, large, and has a beard.. which maybe is the most threatening person she has ever seen, so like you said it could be that particular circumstance.
|09-05-2013 07:54 PM|
She is not quite nine months old. I am sorry this happened, but I do not think it is time to panic yet. See what the trainer says, and ask what the plan will be for her.
She is a puppy yet, and an adolescent to boot. It may have been a series of events/circumstances that caused the bite. If she is not used to be managed by others, is not used to your uncle, maybe the combination of chanes caused her to me more fearful thatn usual.
|09-05-2013 07:51 PM|
(((((VTGirl)))) I'm so sorry. I had a shepherd mix bite my child -- lightly --when he was four and it absolutely freaked me out. When I questioned my son further I realized that he'd been jumping over my poor dog -- length wise -- upsetting her.
She never bit him again. It was a one time thing. But much earlier -- years earlier -- the same shepherd mix lightly bit my sister (who is a serious royal pain). I cannot tell you how on target my dog was to realize that my sister is not right in the head.
Those were the only two times with my girl and she was an AWESOME dog. Absolutely awesome. I guess that's my way of saying that maybe to the dog it made a ton of sense.
I'm really sorry though -- it's so hard to go through.
|09-05-2013 07:48 PM|
|selzer||You worked a two hour shift, and you had them watch your dog? Is that a typo?|
|09-05-2013 07:24 PM|
She bit someone- Very sad :(
I had my sister and mother watch Zelda for me while i worked a 2 hours shift at an animal hospital. When i got home, they didn't say much, i asked how she was and they said not so good.
The story they gave me was this:
My mom was holding zelda's leash when my uncle came in through the door (very tall, big man) what my mom said was that she bit his arm (even drew a little blood), and then he grabbed the skin on the side of her face and said "no" and she released a musky odor (probably anal glands? fearful?), and my mom pulled her away. My mom says that it was primarily her fault for not keeping her away from my uncle.
I believe it is my fault for asking someone else other than me to watch her, management with her is key when it comes to her problem with strangers.
The trainer is coming Tuesday.. I just feel so sad and upset. And i feel bad that Zelda wen't that far as to bite someone, i never wanted her to have to go that far.
I just don't know what else to say.