• Michael D'Abruzzo

    November 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Sounds like a good idea if it is working. I just wouldn’t try it when he is “fired up” because it could cause a misdirected bite to your hand. You may be on to something.. Maybe get a stick with cutain on it that extends out past the leash range and blocks him! hmmm..

    Do you have him trained to a muzzle? Getting him used to a basket muzzle may be a good idea. With dogs prone to redirecting on the handler it is a good way during training situations to not only avoid getting bit, but also to remain calm and show him that the redirection on the handler doesn’t fix the situation either – using the principals of extinction you just continue with the training plan as usual.

    A formal heel and controlled obedience does help with this problem as well. It makes it easier to countercondition. Where are you at with his ‘heel” Have you done phase 1?

    Here’s the vid for teh muzzle in case you missed it: