Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bad dog?

Cooper is such a sweet dog -- and so handsome! However.. he has a few behavioral problems. He's a rescue dog, and they told me that he used to have these problems, but for the most part he's doing a lot better.

Well, maybe not. He still is slightly aggressive towards other dogs he doesn't know (so most of them), but he doesn't initiate the barking now like he used to. He's friendlier in general towards strangers.. until they try to pet them. Then he gets really excited, and thinks they are playing with him. His playing is play-biting.. great. Obviously this is not good -- and can startle people who don't know him.

What to do? Well I've been doing some research, and I need to 1. Prevent, 2. Divert Attention, 3. Punish if necessary. Positive reinforcement is key.. and punishment as a last resort. It's going to be a lot of work, but critical. And if that doesn't work -- shelling out a lot of money for professional dog training for a 4-week extensive bootcamp. Here's hoping something works.

Any thoughts?


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