Hello! My name is shannon & I own a pet sitting business here in NC. I have a client that I am wondering if anyone can help me with. He is a 1yr old, male Bull Terrier. He is extremely ball obsessed to the point of agression if you do not give it to him. I have been sitting for him monday - friday now for about 2 1/2 months. In the beginning he was great but the more I was there, the more things changed. Whenever he would want his ball & I didn't give it to him he would bark at me, then it lead to him jumping on me, then nipping at the back of my arms (if my back was toward him) to the point of leaving bruises. He became more & more forceful over, I would say, a two week period. I was sick of being "bullied" into giving him his ball & decided not to reward this behavior with giving him his ball any longer. I stopped giving him his ball all together one day. He wasn't happy but went about his business. The second day he had apprently had had enough of my "lesson" & he attacked me. He jumped on my back, grabbed my shirt, growled & when I tried to tell him no & push him off, he tried to bite me. He then regained his balance, jumped right back on me continuing to growl and proceeded to put two big holes in my shirt. I basically dragged him in the house still attached to me saying "come on Mickey, lets go get your ball." Once inside, I got his ball which in turn made him let go of me & I was able to grab his collar & shove him in his crate. Long story short, his owner is now having me use a shock collar on him which I absolutely hate but, it is the only way he will listen to me. I try not to shock him at all but end up having to at times. I will not put it on the level she told me to either. However, if I do not put the collar on, he will NOT listen to me at all & begins his old behaviors of not coming when called, growling & barking at me when I try to give him a command...he will ONLY listen to me when that collar is on. I used to look forward to going there every day. He was great in the beginning. I would even sit on the ground & give him massages & have a great time. Now I don't trust him w/o the collar & have a hard time being affectionate toward him. If anyone can give me some pointers or advise I would greatly appreciate it!
Wow, you have quite the Bully on your hands. (Snicker) Bull Terriers are kind of known to be obsessed about things. We Used to have a Bull Terrier that was obcessed about his water, he would drink it non stop, even if you filled it, he would just keep drinking. What kids of other toys will the dog play with. First he needs some basic training. See your in a difficult situation, because both the owner and you have to be consistant and follow through with the types of disciplins you choose. Will he work for food.
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