Ok so some of you may have seen some of my threads on our now 20 month old sterilised make great dane arrow,
He came to us with a history of essentially nothing! but we have since found out he is
-fear aggressive toward men
-has no basic manners
- is an attention seeker
- mouths heavily when nervous
and now to top it all of he is acting aggressive towards me, we usually hand feed him as instructed by our behavioural trainer, i put his bowl down for two seconds tonight as he is on antibiotics at the moment and i went to go and get them as i had forgotten to hide them in his food. Upon my return i admit - my fault as all the signs were there- i reached down to put the meds in his bowl and begin feeding him by hand, he had his tail down, was tense and ears back, as i reached for the bowl he growled and lunged at me. i was shocked to say in the least - i know he is funny around bones so we havent given them to him since we first saw the signs but this is the first time its happened over his food in the bowl. I pushed the bowl away with my foot, asked hi to sit, gave him a treat and resumed feeding by hand - no troubles after that.
Then he hopped on the couch - he KNOWS he is not allowed on the couch unless invited but he got on there anyway - sometimes he does this when attention seeking but if i ask him to get off and ignore him he will get off. Tonight i asked him to get off -he wouldnt so i went to get him by the short leash he always wears as he has a habit of ignoring us and walking off when we ask him to do something and he raised his lips at me and tried to snap at me.
Im always firm with him - he gets nothing for free from me and always has to do as i ask before he is allowed to do what he wants, my partner lets him get away with way to much IMHO but he gets full respect from the dog and arrow is very submissive towards him even though if he barks for attention he will get it from darryn, if he wants a treat he will get it from darryn without having to do anything for it!
I am at a loss, the methods reccomended by our trainer havent caused this behaviour im sure but ive followed everything she has reccomended and he is becoming worse rather than better. The lead reactivity has become less but everything else is getting worse.
If he does bite me properly or anyone else for that matter and continued to try to do so i will not hesitate in making the desicion to euthanaise as he is huge and even a tiny bite would do a hell of a lot of damage and it is not worth the risk - i will be ringing my trainer tomorrow and discussing these new issues with her and seeing waht she can reccomend but in the meantime i would love to hear from anyone that has or is facing similar issues.