just on the allergy thing - some people who are allergic aren't allergic to the fur or the dander (skin cells) but the dog slobber or saliva, so some people are allergic to poodles. And poodle crosses.
The most common type of aggression is if my wife say goes to empty some paper out of the small office bin - and then my boy jumps at her, growls and takes a definite nip at her!
Now I have to say that she is not a dog lover, rarely spends any time with him, never plays with, never feeds him and is happy to ignore him most of the him.
Yeh yeh I know, why did I get him ............ Another story!
So how can I break this habit?
He idolizes me and never ever does the above to me in any shape or form.
Really worrying to 'cos at almost three years of age, I need to break this worrying attitude ASAP.
Nothing is going to happen much just with you handling it all and your wife not interested.
That's the bottom line.
In that case I would be going for the quick fix...you empty the wastepaper basket, you maybe ensure that she closes the door behind her if she goes in there.
Baby gates to limit where the dog goes at times as needed.
Think of the situations it occurs most in and adapt them if you can.
EG, if I had a dog always barking out from a window because of what is seen outside I would tape butchers paper to the level needed to block it.
Then again I am one to favour cohesive function over decor.
Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.
If the wife wants to empty the bin, maybe she throws a toy for the dog first, by way of distract and occupy - ie give him something else to do.
Did you contact Steve at K9Pro - link provided previously.
So for your wife's safety - it may be that if she's going to do something that triggers your dog - then put him on lead first so he can't indulge his bad habits, and work on getting him to do dog tricks instead. Like pay attention to you instead of chomping the wife.
I can't blame her for not liking the little Bgr
So you are saying that resource guarding doesn't exist? So the dogs that show aggression when someone approaches them when they have a valuable resource is just what... "crock"? Resource guarding is not crock, it's a very common problem.
No one is saying that you should NEVER take items of value off your dog. I can do it with my dogs, no worries, because I taught them that doing so will not end in a loss.
The fact is - and any experienced and reputable behaviourist who works with dogs with this issue week in week out - that trying to take an item of value from a dog that resource guards will only reaffirm to them that they have a reason to guard items they value because every time you come near them, you will take it away from them.
This isn't some new age theory, it is fact, even lowest members of a pack will display resource guarding.
ETA : i also have a mate who had two APBT, i would have had no concerns taking a bone off one of them. They knew their place!
I dont necessarily disagree that there is such a thing as resource guarding, but I am not sure about this "replacement" business.
I am sure it works for many people but why is it necessary?
My guys have never received something in return. They have just grown up knowing that if mum or dad or kid asks for soemthing, you give it, no questions.
I have seen people in these situations 'punish' the puppy by taking the item of value away, which just reinforces the puppy's fear that it is going to lose the item it values every time you come past it. The puppy's resource guarding got worse not better. If someone came and took your dinner away every time you sat down to eat, how long would it take you to want to punch them in the face when they approached you? It's not different for dogs and we can't deny the fact that reinforcing the dog's fear of losing items of value does worsen resource guarding.
I don't have to 'trade' my dogs for items of value now, they happily relinquish items to me but I still reward them for doing so now and then. I like to pay my dogs when they get something right.
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