As you all know - Faust didn't have the best home life before I got him.
And as soon as he was halfway comfortable at my house he ended up spending a week at the vets for Parvo.
He came home and exhibited some bratty behavior then - biting, pottying in the house, snarky/possessive over toys and treats, destroying his beeding in the crate, etc.
We worked on that a lot, and he's pretty much back to "normal"... we have very little issues, and most of them I chalk up to him being a young puppy who doesn't yet know any better.
He's still VERY unsure of strange people, however... he will immediately cower and sometimes even pee when he's approached. He'd also rather avoid being petted unless he
makes the first move.
He does like the people at the vet though, since we've been there pretty much once a week so far...
He is friendly, wags his tail, and accept treats from certain vet techs... also goes up to them and enjoys belly rubs, and has never exhibited any aggression, even when poked and prodded.
Anywho - at home he's like my velcro dog and follows me constantly.
Today a woman came over to pick up some stuff for the Salvation Army, and Faust followed me out on the porch. The woman sort of "cornered" him and when she bend over to pet him he cowered right away and peed on the porch. I asked her to "please, ignore him because he's not comfortable around people he doesn't know yet"... and, of course, she ignored me, because "... oh, ALL dogs LOVE me!"
Before I could even respond she proceeded to pick him up... and he let out a growl/snarl, turned - and bit her. Yes, there was blood, even though he still has his puppy teeth.
Her response was to get very pissed off at me, because apparently he will turn into a killer when he grows up... and because I didn't "give him a good, hard smack" after he "attacked" her.
In all fairness I should mention that this lady very much reminded me
of Fausts former "owner"... in the way she was dressed to her manner of speaking.
After the bite Faust cowered again and peed some more, so I simply picked him up and brought him in the house until the woman was gone. I did not "console" him or even acknowledge him in any way - just put him in his crate and left the room.
I'm not excusing him biting, but I've had other people come to the house and if they let him approach first he's fine w/being petted.
So, since I went through the exact same thing w/Mick I don't want to repeat history and unwittingly "encourage" fear aggression. Help!