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Date Posted: 16:24:43 05/10/04 Mon
Author: Kristin
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Subject: Re: Aggressive doxie
In reply to: Christina 's message, "Aggressive doxie" on 02:04:15 05/10/04 Mon

Noofies is right. It's important to note that the behavior is not related to the deafness. And, I also question why the dog continues to sleep on your bed. Your post says you "can't seem to find a way to make the rule stand." Sounds to me like the dog is deciding the rules here. A very dangerous situation.

I advise you get the dog off the bed and into a crate. Does he have crate issues? I do not allow my dogs on the bed if they are showing any signs of aggression, period. It is a luxury they earn. I have two dogs sleeping on the bed and one is crated because the one hasn't shown he has the maturity or complete understanding of who the boss is yet. (He's still a juvenile.)

Also, you said you did training. There are a million ways to train a dog, and in my opinion, many of them not very productive, especially when dealing with mild aggerssions. I suggest you look into a different trainer who uses all positive methods for training (ie. no collar pops, no "alpha rolls," no ear piches or nose slaps, etc.)

What I think you really need help with is pulling up your boot straps and not letting the dog rule here. Consistancy in training is key with dominant dogs. I don't know why you can't seem to find a way to make the rule stand, but until you do - and probably not only with the bed issue but with other issues, too - your dog will not think twice about snipping at you. The dog in charge can snip at the dogs (people) who aren't. And, you apparently aren't.

Also, the reason he's attacking in bed is because the dog in charge gets to choose where to sleep. If he's protecting the best sleeping place, it's a clear signal you need to seek help from a professional. If you follow through with a good training program (not a heeling, sit, down program, but a household management training program), you should be able to fix this problem.

Good luck,


I have a two year old doxie who is deaf. He is the
>sweetest and most loving dog in the world but
>sometimes he snaps. He has attempted to bite before,
>and after being unsuccessful, was punished. His
>behavior returns to sweetness after he is shunned and
>all is forgiven. Tonight however, he finally got me on
>my nose. This bite was severe enough that I bled for
>two hours. I refuse to put him to sleep and we've
>tried training, I don't know what else to do. I have
>noticed that his attacks only seem to occur when we
>are in bed. I know that he should be banned but I
>can't seem to find a way to make the rule stand.
>Also, he often "playfully" bites my 10 year old
>spaniel when he thinks no one is looking. Any ideas?

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