Thanks a million for all the advice. Some things everyone have mentioned are things I have tried in the past and have put on the back burner when given new advice. I will definately be trying them again, especially the leash in the house. The specialist had also recomended this as well. I have never joined a forum before and I am so glad I did. All of your replies have been awesome. I will surely be updating as I am sure I will need more help. Thanks again for all the great advice!!
All of the advice is excellent and does not contradict in any way. You and the family need to go back to the beginning and start with boundaries and limits. He will have to work for everything. All the things mentioned are critical. He has lost respect for the pack and is now privileging himself. The good part is dogs want to have a leader and they can change as they live in the moment. Remeber though Bullies are stubborn and getting angry or aggressive with him is doomed. They NEVER give up to a challenge. My husband Kim found that out the hard way. He tried being stern and aggressive with Miss Tallulah toi show who was boss and she went back at him 10 fold. She then treated him like a chew toy for several weeks. I had to teach him as well as Miss T. Unfortunately Kim was the more stubborn of the two so he was her chew toy until he got with the program. Eventually he relented and started being consistent with my training ( which was with a trainer) when I asked how it was working for him. And it wasn't working. I bring that up because every one in the family will have to be consistent for this to work, It was a bit of a rough go until I got Kim on board. Then things got better much quicker. Rewards, distraction and management are the key principles of training with a firm, calm assertive energy. If you are getting frustrated ( and we all do) just step away and regroup. There is a beautiful Bully underneath that unacceptable behavior that you will have to tease out. Patience will be paramount. Keep us posted and when things get tough come here for support. We all want you to succeed!!
@stacyh - remember too that the "terrible twos" are a phase and he WILL grow past that stage. The key is not developing bad behaviors into bad HABITS.
My Bo has a complete and utter fascination -- no OBSESSION -- with reflections. Yesterday on our daily walk, the sun happened to come out for a millisecond (this is Seattle) and Bo went BERSERK; pulling HARD, choking himself to get to a mirror reflection from a nearby homes windchime. There were two mirrors on the thing which means two "shiny spots" where whirling around on the pavement about ten feet from us. The closer we got to it (he's pulling) the WORSE it got of course, because the closer they get to the "target" the more control you LOSE. All my hollaring "Bo! No! No! HEY! BO!" did absolutely NOTHING. (Of course it didn't. "Nose Eyes EARS" right? That's how they see their world) and when the light finally went on for me (I'm an avid Cesar Millan fan), I did what I should have done to begin with; touched him in the flanks. He was indeed surprised and immediately stopped focusing on the shiny thing so I could get his attention and redirect. I have seen Cesar do that a gazillion times on TV. I've also heard a thousand times that yelling the dog's name is the WORST thing you can do. hahahahahahaha LESSON LEARNED (for now anyway).
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@stacyh - How's it going? What's working? What isn't?
We want your success!
It's the two year old. I have to say we are getting better. No episodes. Have gone back to basics and he's doing fantastic.
Thank you so much. With time and patience he will be awesome. We are both learning from this experience and I won't give up. Thanks for all the help!!!
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Thank you for all the love, fun and teachings
I know I probably say this a lot but this site sure keeps me motivated with all the daily positve feedback. Bevo and I just came back from our walk ( he has always been a good walking buddy). We found a new dog park that we are going to try out. Super anxious to see how he reacts with the other dogs. He does really well at Petco and other outings so I'm excited to take him to meet new friends. Going back to the basics like everyone suggested has improved Bevo tremendously. I really had lost so much hope and after thinking there would be no way out of this and expecting the worst with the aggression, I am a true believer in therapy, basics, NILF and patience. I have never had to deal with a problem dog before so this is a first for me. We will continue with all the training and look forward to a long life with an awesome best friend. No task is too small here. Will definately keep everyone updated on our progress. Thanks again to all my new friends here for your great advice. You have no idea how much each of you have helped in so many ways. Oh, and Bevo says thanks too
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