Malli wrote:He *sounds* a bit insecure, so I would go the route you're thinking, via reward based training. If you can get the Doctor to give him treats through the kennel bars and NOT make eye contact as a start.
My perception is - fear based behavior or not, its a percieved threat, so initially the percieved threat should be the least bit threatening possible - so sideways body language, no eye contact, no interaction, just good things.
I'd have him meet n' greet as many people as possible for a sit and a treat as well...
I'm just going through this right now with the puppy - the socializing, not that particular behavior - so its been forefront in my mind lately.
mnp13 wrote:I think:
1. You've only had him four days. He shouldn't be going to work with you.
2. That person has no business bothering him in his crate. You don't just "go say hi" to a dog you don't know through a crate door, a lot comes into play - barrier frustration, territorial, and being cornered.
3. If there is some "rule" that dogs must be friendly in their crates at your work, and/or this person knows that little about dog behavior and will continue acting that way, don't bring him back.
There's no rule about dogs behaving. This vet is just making me feel like he's being bad, and I don't think he is. In truth Seppel hasn't been "bad", except for barking at this guy when he told him to quit barking.
Going to work is a part of his new life.
mnp13 wrote:Going to work is a part of his new life.
And that's fine in theory. My point is, you barely know him. You don't really know him yet, and we know very little about his life before you got him, so don't have a basis to understand why he is behaving the way that he is. That will change, of course, but right now I'm concerned that you are setting both of you up for failure.
DemoDick wrote:Keep in mind that there is no way to win an argument with a doctor, and doubly so in a doctor's office. If you keep bringing him in to work, the odds are something very bad will happen.
TheRedQueen wrote:DemoDick wrote:Keep in mind that there is no way to win an argument with a doctor, and doubly so in a doctor's office. If you keep bringing him in to work, the odds are something very bad will happen.
Dude...all of you men think alike...this was basically what John's comment was...
BigDogBuford wrote:Personally, I would have done at least a two week crate shut down for him. He's been through a *terrible* amount of stress and I think you're just adding to it at this point.
plebayo wrote:Problem solved. Thanks for the replies.
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