I had a new issue to work with.. 3 months ago... A golden and a 4 year old boy. The parents had decided that before they get rid of the dog to try one last thing,.... see me :) The dog was acting "agresivly" toward the boy I was told. Growling and at times snapping and as soon as the adults came over the dog would still growl but wag his tail and look up at them. They would take the dog aside but it seemed to get worse. A theory of mine for a long time was that the issue of dogs biting children was because of the way we act towards the dog that intesifies the situation. I decided after seeing both dog and family to test my theory. Instead of taking the dog aside an adult would place itself over the child (preferably on all fours) and look harshly in the dogs eyes while telling it to leave firmly.
Reason: By taking the dog aside you are not properly telling the dog that it is doing wrong you are telling the dog (in his language) that you are only interested in his wellbeing infront of the childs wellbeing. A dog does not see a child as a master nor a leader, but still we comand are dog to respect children. In the wolf pack pups are part of the female and therfore the reason they are left alone and respected by the rest of the pack.
Instead by placing yourself over the child you are telling the dog (in there language) that this is your offspring don't touch or you'll be messing with me.
Today they phoned and they still have the dog and it was a succes!!!! They have never had a better family bond :) This was my first alone councel with anyone.. on my way to be a legitimate dog psycologist :)
***Edited By: aleczandra on 1/18/2007 2:36:54 PM*** Reason: spell
I've been working with dogs all my life studying body language and language technics.. I am now studying to become a dog psycologist... but the word does seem stupid...:P But rather that then dog whisperer.. :P