Ive written about my pup several times on here, but his behavior this weekend scared me. He is a shy dog and does not socialize with dogs at all. So, this weekend I thought it would be a good idea to take him to my friends house where he has a small dog that is faily calm and old. The second my pup came out of the car, he started barking and growling like crazy at that dog. I have noticed this behavior with every dog - he barks at them, and if another dog approaches him and he has nowhere to go, he starts crying and running to hide. Also, he seems to growl at people he doesnt know when they try to pet him. It really seems like he is going to bite them if they try petting him or come too close to him. I am just soo confused with his behavior, because he didnt use to be like this when he was little. I also took him to obidience classes already, and that didnt help. What do I do about his aggressiveness towards other people and dogs? He only does that towards strangers, and is such an angel at home.
My mom's pom is the same way. Which is why she was retired from showing. Anna is a one person dog, but we got her to "accept" new people. She still doesn't like other dogs though. When people would come over my mom would have them give Anna a treat and talk nicely to her. When they would go out in public she would make Anna sit when she barked or growled at new people, as soon as she stopped she would let them pet her and mom would reward her with a treat. She does great with new people now, it's like she's a new dog. Good luck, just keep working, and never give up!
I wouldn't put a choker on a pom. I'm not to experienced with "training" collers, or harnesses, so I wouldn't know what to recomend, but definatly not a choker IMO. If he shows no intrest in listening to you, I would get down to his level and gently put him in the sit position and say "sit" strongly, then tell him to stay. I would definatly be working on these commands at home with no distractions as well. You need to teach him that if he misbehaves on his walks then he'll be limited to potty time, and then back into the house. Kaycee used to run up to anyone who walked past the house (maily school aged kids) I knew when the bus went by so If we were outside I would leash her. I gave her enough slack to where she thought she could run, as soon as she tried to I would give it a quick yank tell her no, and to sit. If she tried to run again I would then pick her up and put her inside. She evntually got the message, and now she can be off leash when the bus goes by, she sits quietly at the end of the driveway and the kids stop to give her a few pats on the head.
what do you mean by serious obidience? I tried taking him to puppy classes, but it was unsuccessful since he was scared of every dog and wouldn do any commands in class. He can do commands inside the house, but as soon as we go outside and he sees another person/dog, he goes nuts and will not listen to me
First you don't have control of the dog Second you don't have control of the situation
You have a very fearful dog. He is being fear agressive. The growling and barking are signs of fear and lack of socilization.
You need to work on socilizing him. Not having people touch him at first, he needs to learn that he dosent need to freak out when he sees a person. on the flip side of that you can't react about it and get stressed and worried. That will just reinforce to him that indeed people are scary and bad and something to be scared of.
Same with dogs. He needs to work out of fear of them. You need to ignore him, or give him a sharp "no" about it. Do not sooth him or coddle him or in any way attempt to make him feel better. Hes going to feed off of any of that and it will make the situation even worse.
Have you ever watched "Dog Whisperer"? A lot of what Icy said sounds similiar to how the Dog Whisperer trains or rehabilitates dog's. It's worth a shot. Just remember never to give affection while the dog is fearfull... keep him on a leash (high up on the neck) & give corrections by just giving a slight tug. When the dog is calm, submissive & not performing the wrong behavior, then give affection.
It's easier to see what we are talking about by watching the show if you can... it's on the National Geographic Channel. Good luck.
Remember... you have to be consistant & don't give up in the middle of it, no matter how frustrating it is. You may have to stand there for a while, but it's worth it in the end.
***Edited By: MyWeim on 6/5/2006 2:44:43 PM*** Reason: add
i will continue tugging on his leash and rewarding him when he's good, but how do i make him stop grawling at people when they try petting him? he wont let anyone close to him, unless he knows that person
You do not let people touch him until he's 100% under control!!!!! You need to work on obedience in your home/yard then futher outside in busier areas. You want your dog to look to you for guidance, as Icy posted. Start with a good 10 minute training session each day, sit, down heal. Make your dog work in the house as well, make him sit before he eats, gets on the couch etc.... This all will build your trust between the two of you and his confidence. You have to be calm and cool for all that you do with him. Once you have him under control venture out into the world but not until you can give him a command and he does it.
My pom has never been agressive. Just excited. You need to correct the dog, growling isnt a good sign, if it's playful then fine. But growling can be an issue. It should be better socialized, so got to puppy petco classes and see if it helps because it can really turn into an issue. The dog needs to nkow how to act around others, and if it gets like that again pick it up and say "no". Good luck!
i agree that growling is not a good sign..and i always correct it by tugging on his leash and saying firm "NO". I also noticed that when he is sleeping and I try touching him on his back, he growls as he turns his head but then stops when he sees its just me. I dont think thats normal.