Join Date: May 2011
Location: St. Thomas, Ontario
Dogs Name: Kelly
Titles: CD Obedience & Therapy
Dogs Age: puppy
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I don't tolerate any form of early aggressive dobe growling, at a family member / unless its play growling, while we are occupied with a tug toy.
- if called for, a swift correction will be forth coming...under no if and's or butts
- the shock factor, is very powerful with low force / but takes confidence & good timing
I've seen large breed pups, that growled in the house, and one lady thought it was cute.
When the mastiff matured, she was jealous of the kids and wanted mom all to herself.
- once I bent over to pet its big head & it lunged up and clocked me in the side of the cheek, with its boney head
- it just missed breaking my nose & left me with the headache of a life time
Two months later, I was visiting & slightly bent over to bait it...Mastiff tried to hurt me again, and I clocked it in the rib cage, with a firm knee.
- 15 minutes later, lady said that her and I was the only 2 people in the world, that the dog would listen too
- but the dog was already drawing blood on the kids ankles, when they came home from elementary school
A month later, the expensive dog was euthanized, as Vet said it was the only safe option.
^^ I saw that Mastiff puppy first growl at my therapy dog Amy, during early socialization.
The mastiff was 4 months old and never corrected / age and maturity, only compounded the problem.
Out of 3 dobe puppies, our current girl Kelly would growl over her sucky blanket...her high value treat, and she was corrected for it.
At 5 months old, she once tried to harm our sons YorkiePoo Trevor / now they periodically nap together, can share food and toys.
I practice my own method of soft bite/muzzle control, starting from week1 home, with new puppy.
- Kelly has amazing & gentle control of her K9's teeth now / we can take anything away, if need be and pry her mouth open, at any time
- all my dogs, can even take half a peanut off my lips, with ease / and could care less, if I pet them while eating kibble or they have a marrow bone
+25 years ago, we had a lady babysitting our grade1 son after school.
Everything was going fine, until first week ended, I went to pickup our boy and heard her son cursing his mom:
- 6 year old boy, calling his Mom "a F###In B####" in the kitchen, in a yelling tone
Lady says, "Johnny - don't say that, you try and be nice".
I fired the adult baby sitter that night / and the little brat, also needed some form of corrective persuasion.
------------Kelly & (Amy - RIP @ 11.7 y/o)
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