I just adopted a chocolate cocker spaniel mix from the s.p.c.a, he is 1yr old. Copper adores myself and i'm a woman, but when my husband enters the room copper immediatly growls and barks and sometimes bites.
Right now I don't have the budget to get offical training; however my mom has taken her bull mastif mix to training and she is teaching me what she learned, but it doesn't seem to be helping me with the overly protective and sometimes aggressive dog.
Copper is very clingy to me and will freak out if he can not see or hear me. How do I stop copper from being so aggressive towards my husbnd and from freaking out when he can not see me? thx js
The cocker is acting out of fear not protectiveness. The idea of the husband doing all the careing is awsome, but make sure the husband understand that the dog is fearful of him and he should start slow, he should associate himself with food rewards, he should start off at a distance and throw a treat his way in the beginning.The two of you should go on walks together as well, and in time he can start to walk the dog to. When the puppy is acting fearful, never touch him, but if he acts normal in his presents, make sure you let the dog know he did good, even if there is just a passing in the house.This could take a few days or even weeks. Dedicate yourself for at least 2-3 weeks of rewards only, no punishments, becasue punishing a fearful animal just escalates the problem.
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