Agressive cockapoo

by Clayton
(Manassa VA)

Our Shadow definitely has a shadow side but usually loves a good pet around the jaws and live to sit around where ever we are. I have learned never try to take food from her. When she has something I don’t want her to have I offer her a treat and when she drops the object to get the treat I grab it. Also, I can tell before she bites she goes entirely still for an instant then might growl and then if I reach for her she willl strike. We loves our grandchildren but I don’t trust her with them. I keep close tabs. I have told them never to try to take her food. She is agressive with the hair stylist but we have gotten a chill pill from the vet to help with this. One of these and she is more manageable when she gets a trim. She not much of a lap dog but we do love her. I think she’s smart. She does knowntonsit and lie down and that comes in handy when she aslcts up. We are consistent with the rules around the table. She can’t beg. She has never been given scraps, only dog food and treats. Still if she has a chance she’ll grab things. We can jump on the table and grab things. But when we yell at her she knows to get down and stop. She’s 4 now. Early on I thought we would have tongive her away especially after she bit my adult daughter. But with time she’s mellowed a bit and we have learned to be careful and alert people to her agression. She actually loves meeting people. She gets so excited and everyone thinks she’s so cute. Just don’t mess with her food.

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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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