My friends went out of town for 5 days and asked me to take care of their two dogs. Their one is a nice, normal dog. The other one, is very aggressive and tonight when I went in to put his leash on to take him for a walk, I could not get close to him at all. I let him take some treats out of my hand but then he'd lunge back and bark like he was going to bite me. I was too afraid to get any closer to him. So I walked the other dog and left. He is crated while they are gone, and he did go back in his crate... He does NOT like me, so I went alone and sat on the floor non threateningly...... what can I do??? ARGH.. I am calling her tomorrow , but they dont' have a fenced yard, so if I don't walk them.... it's pooping in the house!
he is scared, be as non threatening as possible. give him treats. hapy tones. try hot dogs. do not approach him, let him come to you. being soft and gentle is about as good as you can do. and if all else fails. let him poop in the house and clean it up. explain to your friend the problem and next time some one that knows him and he is comfortable with needs to do this. i would not get bit by a dog just for the sake of not poopin gin the house.
you could try taking the clip end of the leash and putting it thru the handle part and making a lasso out of it and then toss the lasso end over his head. you dont have to be as close to the dog to do this as you do to clip the leash to his collar. that way also you have a nice tight collar to walk him on and dont have to worry about it slipping off of his neck. if by the end of your walk you havent made friends enough with him to let him allow you to remove the leash you can take something long and thin to put under the leash around his neck and gently work it loose and pull it off ...... an unbent coat hanger works well for this. good luck.
It sounds like you spooked him. Make sure your not bending over him, or faceing him straight on. Stand sideways, and break your gaze. If you go over there, let him out and just walk around with the dogs for a while. Sit on the floor with your back to him, and entice with treats. Ask for a sit, sometimes that helps. Once you get him out once and handle him, it will be much easier later.
just a tip. don't lasso the dog.. you'll scare him worse, remember that on a leash he is tied down and a scared dog is the most dangerous kind. Do try to win his confidence by talking very softly, treats are good things.. he needs to know that he can trust you. and don't walk up to him let him come to you never look at him if your walking up to him or by him, that means that your challanging him.
He probably is scared to death! Were you ever around this dog before you decided to babysit him? I agree with just letting him go do his business and picking it up.. Sorry to say that doesn't help you any right now but it's not worth you getting bit or the dog running away and getting hurt. Maybe next time you try and babysit ,your friend can stay with you for a few hours to let the dog know you are no threat. I would think a dog is like a child that right now feels abandoned and doesn't know if mom and dad are coming back. GOOD LUCK, be patient!
SUCCESS! Last night he didn't get taken out because he wouldn't let me get near him. They have another dog who is wonderful so this morning I went in and took the other dog over in front of the mean dog's crate and pet and kissed and loved the other dog TONS and fed the nice dog hot dog pieces and rubbed her belly!!! Then the mean dog stared at us jealously and when I let him out of the crate he came right over to me to get pet before he realized what he had done. I pet him once and then he ran away, realizing he let his guard down. Then he let me put his leash on because I went to put a leash on the other dog and he, again, was jealous and tried to butt in to get the leash first. WAHOO!!!! I had only met the dogs once before this. I don't think the owners had anyone else to ask. I sat on the couch and talked to them for a while, so hopefully next time he is better with me. Thanks for the help!!! I am mad they left me with their dog that they didn't tell me would try to eat me!!!! But now that no one else is around, I have to make it work! And I think it will! The poor guy!!!