I assist in a puppy school for pet obedience. One of the customers has a Dutch Shepherd that she admits/boasts that came from a breeder that breeds for "hard" dogs. The pup will not allow anyone to touch it without attempting to nail our hand, with serious intent. This little guy is about 12 weeks, but I don't want my hands torn up each week.
The owner said no one else but her can touch it! One problem I have is that she actually did not see anything wrong with that! And the owner is covered with bites, including her neck..she admits it goes for her with intent as well. NOt the typical play bite/german shepherd bite that we usually see!
I would like to hear if any of you have trained a dutch shepherd. What works with such a reactive breed? Can we make him accepting of us?
Well, none of that sounds pleasant and worse, if that's what she wants him to do, that's what he is going to do.
SO - IF she will allow it - I almost think from reading she doesn't want him to stop - is that true? I would do the whole systematic desensitization thing with him, starting way back and rewarding (clicking - I know people love to hear THAT!) and treating for positive behaviors, doing that whole deal with him. I would even consider a muzzle (I don't know - maybe - certainly up for discussion!).
How does the puppy respond to praise, food, toys, otherwise? In other words, does he seem motivated in any way by things outside of biting?
Is the touching dislike a sensory thing, a space thing, not being used to it, or other? NO comparison, but my sarcoptic mange foster went a week or so without a lot of touching by me and was very mouthy when I resumed touching more again. He needed to be acclimated to touch again. Because he is on a very clear cycle of being touched, biting, being touched less, to the point of having an adult dog who is unable to be touched, no matter the why.
MAN! Don't you wish you could ghost of dog future her so she could see the day when the dog hurts someone and her having to do the unthinkable...if she doesn't turn it around...I wonder if there are any videos of dogs failing evaluations for lack of bite inhibition to show her.