I have an 8 month old Vizsla. I am having issues wtih him being agressive with people and other animals. He has gotten to the point that he now charges people when he sees them. He charges and nips at small children, the smaller the child the more agressive he is. He is very affectionate with our family annoyingly so.:) He is semi Ok when people come into the house, after a few minutes of me holding him back, he warms up. Outside is another story. He rears up and barks and his tuft on his neck and back is up like he wants to eat them. We have been walking him twice a day every day since he was 2 months old - so he has seen a lot of people and its not a new experience. I have never had a dog that does not love people, what did i do wrong? I have scheduled classes to start in the next two weeks but i am afraid it is too late.
It's never too late for a dog to learn, but the classes are not a good idea. Classes are full of distractions. Distractions are what you introduce to a dog that has already been trained without distractions, and is performing well. If your dog is not behaved before going to class, you are doing things in the wrong order.
If you want a trainer, get one to come to your house for one-on-one training. The main lesson you need to learn is that your dog is acting up because he is not being led to act otherwise, which means that it is You that is going to need training first, Then the dog. When the trainer comes to your house it should take no more than an hour with your dog to show you that it can behave perfectly well for the trainer, and that now it's going to be up to you to follow thru. If the trainer cannot control your dog in the first visit get another trainer. This is very important, because many so-called trainers actually make the problem worse, but charge the owner over and over and over until the owner finally notices that things have actually gotten worse and fires the trainer.
Every weekday at 11am pdt there is a free show on the National Geographic channel called the Dog Whisperer that features an outstanding trainer visiting homes of people with problem dogs. It also airs Friday evenings. Every episode is different, but if you watch several of them you will learn a whole lot about why your dog is behaving as it is, and after several more episodes, if you watch with an open mind, you might just learn enough to avoid dealing with trainers altogether.
No i think its never to late if you did nothing about the problem you would never be able to relax with your dog in strange company but a least your doing something about it, i myself had the same problem with my Jack Russel i would't take him out till he had his 1st vacanations thats were i went wrong the vet told me i could of carried him outdoors and socialized him at 4 months old with other dogs who had been vacanated i left it upto 7 moths before i took him out to meet other dogs he's now 2 and am still trying to snap him out of other dog aggresion not to say your dog will be like this as all dogs are different plus he growls at the kids a lot though he's never snapped at them. Goodluck
Should have known that the famous Ceasar would be here...
OP, you can work this out with your dog and a trainer *should* be able to help you. My thoughts here are a protection issue. He may feel that you are being threatened although I can't understand the small children issue. That is where a qualified trainer can help.
Watching a television show will not help you know how to understand your dog. Yes, I like watching the show but I've never attempted to apply any of his "techniques" to my dogs. I've said it before and I'll say it again...those shows take hours upon hours and days, even weeks to make a single episode. YOU get to watch what they WANT to show you.
Friends will step in when the rest of the world steps out.