Confused Pup

by Mati
(Germansville Pa USA)

Three years ago, we sold a puppy to a very wealthy man who was too busy to take care of him. Just the other day we received a call from the same man saying that the dog was mean to children and he didn't want to keep him. He said he was going to send him to the humane society, so we offered to take the dog back in hopes of saving him. Little did we know this dog is vicious. He tries to attack you when you come in, snarling and wagging his tail at the same time, but then he gets used to you and doesn't want you to stop petting him. Even when he wants you to pet him if you move to fast or in the wrong direction he will turn on you. Out of dozens of litters this is the only dog that has turned out like this. We don't want to put him down because we think we can help him but at this point it doesn't look promising at all. Any kind of advice will help. Thank you for your time.

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Apr 20, 2014
by: Mati

Thank you so much!

Apr 20, 2014
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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