Aggressive cockapoo - 20 months

(Toronto )

My daughter was sitting on the couch and our dog was on the floor about 4 feet away chewing on a bone. She got up to come to me and gingerly walked about 2 feet seeing that the dog was chewing on something. He proceeded to charge her and bit her leg. She cried out and when I got there she had a small puncture wound through her leggings. It is bruised also. I was shocked and told him he was very bad. He proceeded to go down to his tummy and had his tail between his legs.

I'm now worried about having him around my nieces and nephews who are not dog people at all. Will he charge and bite them? How can we curb this behaviour?

Being a small dog he has pretty much run of our house. He does not need a bone again but I feel like this is a bandaid solution to a real problem.

Any tips and tricks you can provide would be appreciated.


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Mar 03, 2018
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.

All the best,

Adam G. Katz is the author of, "Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer!" -- which you can find at

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