Bad Dog Behavior

@ejb217 (41)
November 4, 2007 10:12am CST
We adopted a 4 year old dog from the shelter about a year ago. His name is pete and he's part Tai Ridgeback and part Huski. He sometimes gets a little snappy and has already bitten a few people, but not severely. He's mostly a very sweet and happy dog who is very protective of his home and family. My mom is always watching that dog whisperer show trying to find ways to break him of these bad habbits. Does anyone have any advice that could be useful in this situation? I could really use some help.
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@AnisReyn (57)
• United States
4 Nov 07
Some times the shelter where you got him from would have some training class on behavor. They should have specialists that can work with you and your dog. If they don't try the pet store boards or ask there dog trainer if they can reffer you to someone. Or just go thru the yellow pages for dog behaviore training. let your fingers do the walking. You can also attach the dog to you and if he snaps at you you can flick his noise and tell him with a stern voice "NO biting"
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@Dask1221 (160)
• United States
4 Nov 07
Dog behavior is not something to mess around with, especially if you have kids. I would not suggest obedience school. I would suggest that you take him to a veterinarian who has some specialty in animal behavioral training. They would probably be able to give you some advice or training techniques to help you with him. And make sure that until you are able to get him seen that you give him a good quick snap on the nose and/or butt and a very stern no any time he tried or does snap at someone, especially you since you're his master. Good luck!
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@ejb217 (41)
4 Nov 07
Thanks for the advice. We did ask for vet and he gave us a few pointers but they arent really working. Maybe I'll research more online.
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@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
4 Nov 07
Your dog was probably abused as a puppy, which would explain his agressive attitude. Once a dog has bitten a person he can never be trusted again. You might think hes over the habit, and a young child might do something that would cause him to bite. Life is too short to take a chance like this. Get rid of the dog right away. The world is full of good-natured puppies. Why take a chance?
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
5 Nov 07
He needs obedience training and a strong alpha figure - an adult male would be best. An untrained dog is dangerous, a dog with issues is double-ly so. I would also recommend hiring a professional handler, trainer, psychologist for your dog. Your vet should be able to recommend one.
@blueunicorn (2410)
• United States
5 Nov 07
With aggressive behavior you really shouldn't try to work with it on your own from internet advice or books. I would get a qualified dog trainer right away to start working with him. Honestly, as someone else already said, once a dog bites someone you really can't trust him. Being snappy is not something that should be tolerated in a dog. Again, I would get him to a qualified dog trainer for some work right away.