HappyPuppy wrote:I remember half expecting him to nip at me then but he did not
HappyPuppy wrote:We NILF for most things
mnp13 wrote:HappyPuppy wrote:I remember half expecting him to nip at me then but he did not
Be careful of this expectation. It can be a self fulfilling prophecy. If you are wary of a dog they can and will read that wariness and may start trying to bully you.
BullyLady wrote:Just wanted to +1 this, I know it's hard but you HAVE to be in the frame of mind that you are in control and everything will be fine. If you aren't he will know it in an instant and take advantage of you.
BullyLady wrote:Sirius had behavior like this about four months after coming into our home. Including the biting and lunging at us. It was truly frightening. We had him evaluated, in the end it was a bonding problem believe it or not. Shortly after he came into our home Eric's heart-dog Sophie passed away and Eric made some kind of subconscious connection between the two events. We started taking obedience classes with Eric doing all the handling. There was an immediate improvement and now our household is stable again and Eric and Sirius are like two peas in a pod. I only tell you this to make the point that it can be things the humans in the household don't even really notice that sets dogs off, especially temperamentally unstable ones to begin with like Sirius is. Don't give up on Mr. Sherman just yet.
DemoDick wrote:Teeth chattering is often a displacement behavior, and not usually an indicator of anything medically wrong. Glazed eyes can also be a reaction to stress as well, and it sure sounds like the dog is experiencing stress at training.
It sounds like he's "rummaging through the tool box" with all of these behaviors to figure out which one gets him what he wants. It would make things easier for you if you knew what that was, so you could give it to him when he behaves appropriately.
BigDogBuford wrote:First off....How is your arm? Photos?
I'm interested to hear what the trainer thinks, please keep us posted. If he were my dog, I would work privately with a qualified trainer and go back to ground zero and start all over again. In my experience three months in the honeymoon period. If things are going to pop up later, this is when I normally start to see them.
mnp13 wrote:I have an evaluation next week and I fully expect that I'm going to get bit. I can't do much about it, if I don't see the behavior I can't work on fixing it. I'm hoping that I won't get bit (of course) but if the owner's decsriptions of the behaviors are accurate - and I have no reason to think they are not - then I'm gonna get nailed. In my opinion, it's part of working with dogs with real issues.
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