Join Date: Oct 2011
Dogs Name: Toby the Dobe, Russell the Andalucian Terrier, Reina the Pointador. Sasha & Jack at the Bridge
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How do I handle this???
For months now I have been working on Toby's fearfulness/reactiveness and if I say so myself we have been making progress.
Well we were, that was up until the night my son came home and thought it big and clever to try and make Toby react to a threat when he came out of the house barking.
You see, Toby tells me whenever anything is going on outside, the way he does this is by barking and going outside all puffed up (big dog mode) to scare away intruders. Obviously once he realises it is family he stops being a big dog, changing into his excited Dobe boy welcoming his humans home.
Anyhow, one evening a couple of weeks back Toby was busy telling us someone was at the gate, running as he does between my position and the gate, telling me as he does so that he is on the job so I need not fear. Now Toby had seen it was my son at the gate, so he had toned down his response accordingly. As my son drove into the compound I called Toby back to me, (he is a bit daft when the cars are moving so I play it safe and get him to come to me instead of run around) I told Toby what a good boy he was for telling me my son was home and as normally happens he went into wiggley bum mode coupled with laughing Doberboy.
In this frame of mind he ran back towards my sons position but as my son got out of the car, because he was being a moron he decided to test Toby's mettle by roaring aggressively at him. Immediately he did it, Toby ran into the house and refused to come back out no matter what. Now whilst he will go out barking during the day, the moment it goes dark he is uncertain, you can see it. In particular he won't go out when a car comes up to the gate, which of course is not ideal.
I seriously could throttle my son and whilst it still might happen I would appreciate it if you guys could give me some advice as to how I handle this problem. Toby is my eyes and ears regards unfriendly's (thieves). I told my son he was bloody lucky Toby didnt bite his head off for what he did. Jesus in a handbasket, how stupid can you get.
Alcohol was partly to blame for his actions, but sometimes I think my son has a screw loose and now I have a fearful Doberman who I really do not know how to help.