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Hi every one, we have been lurking on here for weeks but now I have to post. Our new dog (Koda) needs help. He is a shelter dog and has been here for three weeks. Our other dobe (Apache) was a rescue also and he was AWESOME. Anyway, Koda has shown some signs of fear aggression (growls and stuff) but we worked through it. Well last night my wife cooked him up a big soup bone and he was eating it out of her hand fine, then she let him have it by himself but he kept dropping it on the hardwood floor so I would pick it up and put it on the rug. I guess taking it and giving it back freaked him out because he wouldn't eat it. So she picked it up to let him eat it but he wouldn't. I was kinda hovering over him trying to encorage him to eat it when he growled and bit my hand, ouch. Well now we don't trust him but, bringing him back to the shelter is a death sentence which he doesn't deserve. We don't want him to die but we don't have enough experience to know how to proceed. I guess what I am asking is, is any one in Jersey willing to give him a try? He really has a great personality but issues as well. It would be a shame to see this dog go to waste. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!
 

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I know, but it breaks my heart to think this poor dog is goin to die because he bit me. If I had more experience I would continue to work with him. While we both have a lot of dog experience it is with Shepards and huskies. And needless to say my wife is a lttle freaked out.
 

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this is our second dobe, our first one Apache died in sept three days before my birthday, it was crushing. No I don't want to see any one else hurt by this dog, that is why I am looking for some one with the knowledge and willingness to work with him. We wouldn't dare trying to pass him off as a great dog with no issues. I do appreciate all the responses, I just wish we had a better answer than "kill him".
 

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I agree we may have unknowingly put him in a weird situation. he is fine with his food to the point that you can take food out of his bowl while he is eating. He learned the LOOK while "I" am eating that means "your begging" in two days. Now we just make eye contact if we are eating and he goes and lays down, so he knows some stuff but he doesn't know stuff. He is just learning how to play which is really funny. so I guess he is smart and dumb at the same time.
 

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Hey guys, sorry I haven't let you know whats up. just got busy with christmas and all. First thanks to every one for the replies. Koda is still here and doing better. we have noticed a good change in the last week or so. I think he is starting to get comfortable and acting like a normal dog. I want to post some pics but I don't get it. they are on my desktop, whats with the url thing?
 

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Merry Christmas every one. what are we doing defferent? well we really just backed off a little I agree with most of the replies on here we were just doing too much too fast. We also got a little lax on some everyday stuff like, feeding him first just because it's quicker, letting him decide when to pet him etc. I guess we just got back to basics, we eat then feed him, we tell him no when he gets pushy about attention, no more treats at the table, we make him eat his carrot outside. Just basic stuff that we got sloppy about.
The improvements are small but very noticable, now he will go off by himself to chew his rope and he will bring the ball back to us instead of just taking off or not playing at all. The biggest thing is he has some facial expresions now which he didn't before. The first few weeks he had one look and that was it (see pic). He had that same look no matter what was goin on. Now he makes the play face, you all know that one. The "I'm really sleepy" face after lunch. You guys know what I'm talkin about. Just a lot of small things that are really kool. We also have been rougher when petting him lots of patting and stuff which he doesn't care about at all now. when he first got here you couldn't even tap him. Now we are constantly smackin him on the but. You know how they do that pat my butt dance, pretty funny. Any way thanks again to everyone for the helpfull replies.
 

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