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Date Posted: 14:28:31 11/12/03 Wed
Author: Noofies
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Subject: No, it's not for "no reason"...
In reply to: Nancy Billingslea 's message, "Help! my Deaf "attacked" my partner for no reason." on 11:53:13 11/10/03 Mon

He is resource guarding. You are the resource. He thinks he owns you, and he doesn't want to share you with anyone.

This is not a deaf dog issue, this is a dog behavior issue, period. You've given up your leadership position to your dog. You need to get it back. For one thing, if he sleeps on your bed you have to stop letting him do that for at least a month. No more lying down together - you might be able to do that again some day, but not until he earns the privilege. He should sleep in your bedroom, in a crate.

Put him on the "Nothing In Life Is Free" program immediately. He needs to work for everything he gets. EVERYTHING - food, water, outside, walks, petting, attention. And all those resources need to be controlled by your partner. She needs to make him down/stay while she fixes his dinner, make him sit/wait until given the ok before he can eat. Make him sit/wait at the door until given permission to go out. Make him down, or sit, or down/stay or sit/stay before you give him ANY attention. If he noses you or touches you or solicits attention in any way, make him do "doggie sit ups" - three repetitions of quick sit-down-sit-down-sit - before you pet him.

Don't let him lounge around on the furniture. When you or your partner walk into a room, make him get up from whatever spot he's resting in until you've sat down. Do not let him rush past you through doorways - make him walk behind you, or make him sit/wait for the OK. This includes getting in or out of the car.

Please get a copy of Jean Donaldson's book "Mine!", which is all about resource guarding and how to fix it. I would also suggest you contact a certified behaviorist and have them come to your home, evaluate your dog in his own environment, and make suggestions specific to your circumstances.

Good luck.

>Last July my partner and I adopted a Deaf Akita/Dal
>dog. He is about three years old. He decided that I
>am his master period. My partner did feed him, and
>take him out for bathroom, etc. But when he lies down
>with me, my partner would try to get closer or pet
>him, he growls or jumps to attack her. This morning
>she just petted him, he again growled. I tapped on
>him and signed no to him. Then she tried to pet him,
>he lunged at her. She had to grab a pillow to protect
>herself. I had to run and got between her and him. I
>push him down and signed no no at him. He looked at
>me and put his paw at my arm which holding him down.
>That is his way to say "sorry".
>So that has to stop. I cannot afford to see him to
>hurt anyone. Thank God for my partner did not get any
>hurt yet.
>Sigh help! I do not want to put him down. Please
>advice. Thanks

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