Aggressive Maltipoo

Adopted him from a no kill shelter where he has been for 7 months. He was a stray and is 2 yrs old. Have had him for one week and he is very sweet and loving to me and my husband, however I took him to meet a groomer and also to my vet and he was very aggessive biting and growling. I don't know how to help him and know what will happen to him if I return him to the shelter. I know socializing is a must but not sure where to begin. His hair is matted and I can't take him to a groomer. Help

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May 29, 2014
Stop Dog Aggression
by: Adam G. Katz

Here's what I advise:

1. Get a muzzle.

2. Teach the dog obedience exercises, so that he learns he must hold a sit-stay and down-stay, regardless of distractions.

3. Make him hold these commands (gradually) around more stimulating environments. If he shows aggression, correct him back into the sit-position. All while you're working with him or in public, he should be wearing the muzzle until you get him so that he's not longer showing the aggression.

4. Work boundary training exercises, which will quickly teach him what "No" means.

5. Use the "No" command if he shows any aggression.

Right now, he either doesn't understand what "No!" means; Or he doesn't trust that you'll keep him safe.

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