Fear biter.....Probably your for life now....if you can manage her, she is yours. because she can never be trusted 100% by all the other people.
I have one foster here right now.....4.5 years later. We manage Annabelle and she will always be managed. She is great with us and us in charge, but I could never leave her in kennels or alone at the vets. because people are unreliable and even though she has done nothing wrong for 4 years, i cannot honestly say that she is 100% fixed....the difference is mine is 55kg, yours is most likely less them 10kg.
Well week 3 will be your real test ( often 21 days plus)..that is when most things happen after often a quiet time.
I would teach her to crate or place, at ground level........I would pay her minimal attention. Only attention would be when you are doing obedience training. And I would try to make her work for her food. but it is highly likely that as she is a small dog, of that kinda breed, she might not do that.
I have found with the rescues i take in< always troubled ones, that minimal attention helps...it helps them get used to a routine. I do lots of training with them, but not much other attention. During training is when they get to know us.
I also allow them some free time with our dogs if they get on.
Personally I am not keen on the "bite back" and the submissive hold..easily done in a small dog, but often increases the fear. I think good common sense obedience training with the usual good ground rules help the Leardership issues.
I think you are right the molly coddling would not have helped..it really would have encouraged much of the same.......
Now I am sure you know all of this stuff.........I have a six year old working with my new Rescue newfie at present, she is his Leader, very cute to watch
Using physical force of any kind reduces your "rank." Only middle-ranked animals insecure in their
To be "the Leader" control the resources. I don't mean hokey stuff like not allowing dogs on beds or
preceding them through doorways. I mean making resources contingent on behavior. Does the dog
want to be fed. Great -- ask him to sit first. Does the dog want to go outside? Sit first. Dog want to
greet people? Sit first. Want to play a game? Sit first. Or whatever. If you are proactive enough to
control the things your dogs want, *you* are the Leader by definition.
Train your dog. This is the dog-human equivalent of the "revoking of puppy license" phase in dog
development. Children, women, elderly people, handicapped people -- all are capable of training a
dog. Very few people are capable of physical domination.
Reward deferential behavior, rather than pushy behavior. I have four dogs. If one pushes in front of
the other, the other gets the attention, the food, whatever the first dog wanted. The first dog to sit
gets treated. Pulling on lead goes nowhere. Doors don't open until dogs are seated and I say they
may go out. Reward pushy, and you get pushy.
Your job is to be a leader, not a boss, not a dictator. Leadership is a huge responsibility. Your job is to
provide for all of your dog's needs... food, water, vet care, social needs, security, etc. If you fail to provide
what your dog needs, your dog will try to satisfy those needs on his own.