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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-12-2016, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Am working with a client who has a dog that has bitten several people, territorial aggression (level 3 on Ian Dunbar bite scale). After one session (getting in charge of the dog, muzzle training etc) she already feels overwhelmed and she is not able to get her husband on board. I have a hunch that she is not going to put in the work to manage and train this dog, especially since her husband is not on board. That last part is my biggest hurdle. So my question: how would you go about this as a trainer, experienced with biters?
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I would decline working with someone who isn't committed to working their dog for success. You will end up with another bite incident, and probably be blamed. Not worth it. Pick and choose your clients carefully.
The only way to probably help this dog is to do a board and train and have client come often. But if husband is not going to be involved, it still may be a headbanger.
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The husband has no concerns that the dog is biting? What is his idea about this dog? Does he prefer to rehome it and not pay for training? Sorry, just curious.
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I would sit down with the both of them and explain the situation. I would then recommend that they board and train the dog, if you are able. After the dog settles in and you do your thing, they can come over for some session work. JMO

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The husband has no concerns that the dog is biting? What is his idea about this dog? Does he prefer to rehome it and not pay for training? Sorry, just curious.
He is not a fan of the dog and most likely wants to give up on him.
I will ask for a commitment next from him and if not, decline further working with them and send them to a board and train facility.
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