Aggressive 19 week old Pomeranian/ Finnish Spitz mix

by Marie
(Floresville, TX)

My puppy's name is Wendell and my husband and I got him when he was 9 weeks old. His mom is a Pomeranian/ Finnish Spitz mix and his dad is a Chihuahua mix. The first day we brought him home he showed aggression towards my best friends female dog that we were taking care of for the night. I thought maybe he was just nervous from being in a new environment and didn't think anything of it. The next day my friend picked up her dog and my 5 year old son came home from grandma's house. When the dog saw my son he went crazy barking, growling, and lunging. I couldn't believe how aggressive he was being and it kinda shocked me because I had never seen a puppy behave this way before. I read some tips online and immediately started working on Wendell's aggression toward my son. After 2 weeks his aggression towards my son got better and after 1 month it completely stopped. He is now 19 weeks old and he is very playful and friendly with us. The problem is no matter what we do he is still very aggressive towards other people and animals. We can't even have guests over because he starts growling and barking at them. When I take him for walks he will growl at other dogs, cats, birds, cars, kids, anything really. We have read a lot of things online and watched so many training videos, but so far nothing is working. He has seen a vet and she said Wendell is healthy but we need to get him help for his aggression before he gets into adulthood. We can not afford to take him to a professional and are not sure what to do. Giving him away is not an option for us. We love him too much and do not want to give up on him.

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Nothing In Life Is Free
by: Adam G. Katz

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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