aggressive 10 mo. havanese Poodle biting visitors

by Naomi
(Puyallup, WA)

I have two female pomeranians (age 24 mo and 18 mo) who are fairly well behaved BUT do at least once a day get into a fight always stemming on attention and jealousy. About 6 months ago my daughter and her hava-poo moved in with us and he was VERY stand off-ish at first. He would bark at me constantly and I just patiently ignored it until he was used to me. Now we are best buddies. he used to run clear when my girls would have their daily jealousy match, but recently (within the last 2 months) will jump in and bite the girls usually on the face when they fight which causes a much larger altercation and gets pretty vicious. I havent seen blood on the dogs yet... but I think its coming. Our hava-poo also hates all guests at our house. Especially children. I have 5 grand sons and so this is a problem. My daughter generally keeps him on a short leash while they are here- but that is really difficult -especially if they are here for several days. He as nipped very hard at 2 of the boys and bruised them but didnt break the skin. What is odd is the boys were ignoring him when he went after them. One boy (age 5) walked by him while he was on the leash and calm and he turned around and lunged at him and bit his arm. it was pretty scary. same thing happened with the 3 year old.
then last week my sister (an avid dog lover- has 3 of her own) was over with her two adult daughters and he would not stop agressively barking at them. My daughter held him so he wouldnt get away. then my poms had their daily jealous rage and my sister went to pick up my older pom- when she did our Hava-poo (thackery) lunged at her and bit her VERY deep on her hand. I was really shocked. He just wouldnt stop barking. My daughter took him downstairs so he was away from everyone - and she was very upset too. We cant figure out what to do. We will start puppy training classes next week with all 3 dogs, but my daughter is convinced this will not help and that he is just a "biter" and cant be re-taught. Please help us. it is just a matter of time until he goes after a neighbor.....

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Employ the "Nothing In Life Is Free" approach, so that your dog starts to view you as the "pack leader." If your dog doesn't see you as the leader, then your corrections will be meaningless. So, if you're doing subtle things (inadvertently) to undermine your leadership role around the house-- it will be counter-productive.

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