Sharon wrote:"Just needed structure, discipline and confidence building."
I wish it was that simple with a poorly bred, abused , fear biting dog. I 'm quite sure that anyone who has every had to put a dog down , has tried everything possible , over several years, first. Unless you've had a dog like that , you can't really understand.
gonehuntin' wrote:First, let me say I agree with Sharon that this dog should never be bred and should probably be put down BUT.
I've had a few like that in for training and I've made more or less, workable dogs of all of them. But it takes a heck of a lot of time.
If the dog isn't birdy, you have nothing.
The first thing I did with a dog like this was to tie it out in the kennel where it could watch me train the other dogs. I would have my clients sit near the dog, at the end of the leash, and casually give it pieces of hot dog as we were training. If they could pet the dog, they petted it.
On off hours, and once the dog was used to clients, I'd take it to a shopping center and let people pet the dog as they walked by. This was done only when the dog was over the fear biting. I was lucky and got every dog past it, but NOT A ONE OF THEM was ever a dog I wanted around my house or wanted to own.
I think a dog like this, unless it has a physical problem, has a screw loose and really isn't worth messing with. At a year old, you're probably further ahead starting over again with a dog out of good bloodlines and writing this one off as a mistake.
With luck, you have a hunting dog for 12-15 years and I'd sure rather spend that time with a sociable, well trained hunting dog than a bolting fear biter.
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