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MemberDecember 18, 2020 at 12:04 am2970
Based on your description, and w/o knowing his history, the poor guy might be fear aggressive, but it might be more likely that he’s a fear biter.
Here’s Mike’s description of ‘Fear Biter’:
That description comes from: https://dogtraining.world/knowledge-base/classification-canine-aggression-rehab-k9-1/
My hunch is that dominance aggression is probably a secondary factor, altho it could develop if the owners don’t have a good handle on leadership/dominance…..
Here’s a good read on leadership: https://dogtraining.world/knowledge-base/introduction-to-leadership/
It’s a good complement to NILIF.
Also, I highly recommend implementing the Fear & Protective Aggression Blueprint: https://dogtraining.world/knowledge-base/fear-and-protective-aggression-blue-print/
…. the Dominance Aggression Blueprint: https://dogtraining.world/knowledge-base/dominance-aggression-blueprint/
I’m wondering if the D&T muzzle is the best for this guy. U might want to check out the Baskerville muzzle. Mike likes the Basker. quite a lot. Soft, easy to feed treats thru the muzzle basket, tho that sometimes requires clipping one of the soft rubber cross-bars.
Here’s a good Mike vid re muzzle conditioning:
This dog’s been thru a lot, so imo — from personal experience — it will take a long time and a lot of patience to heal the psychological as well as the physical scars. The slower you go, the smoother things go, and the smoother things go, the faster the results. I hope his owners are going real slow w/everything, not trying to do too much too quickly…..w/everything from muzzle conditioning to desensitization and counterconditioning to stuff that triggers him. I hope they are dealing with one trigger at a time, rather than dealing w/a whole bunch at once.
I suggest that you post this as a question for tomorrow nights Q & A, so that Mike knows about this situation.
I hope this info helps. Kudos to you and the people who have made this dog part of their family.