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My wife and I adopted a 5 yr old male Wheaton terrier 2 wks ago who was stray in NY and in a rescue facility for almost 4 months. We elected to adopt him enough though they said he had nipped two handlers. We have had him two weeks and subsequently adopted a mate for him, a one yr old female Airedale terrier. The dogs get along great on walks and in the home but we had an incident last Wednesday morning. While walking both dogs last Wednesday morning the 1 yr old Airedale broke loose from her collar and ran off. I became frantic and started yelling, screaming & crying as the dog vanished. The 5 yr old Wheaton sat near me on the street and when I tried to grab his leash, which had fallen during this cris, he attacked me and severely started biting my hand &arm. I was able to bring in to the door our our home where my wife let in him the home. The 1yr old Airedale was spotted on our property so I got her back . When the 5 yr old entered the home he sat and then attacked my wife's hand as well. We ended up getting control and crating both dogs and then seemed medical attention for our wounds. What now, how to u reduce the fear aggression, biting in this 5 yr old Wheaton terrierthat seems right at home in our home with his mate???
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why do you feel it is fear biting?
The reason I ask about fear biting, although I can understand the incident that happened with you I do not understand why he bit two shelter workers. What else did the shelter tell you about this dog? Or is there no history? What is her body language like when approached by someone?
sorry * his body language
Thank you. You may or may not be looking at fear, he may be kind of possessive if he bit the workers while they were trying to feed him. That is my concern. Although the action with you could have been due to the situation. How is he if you try to take toys or food away from him?
are you able to take things away from him such as food bones or toys without a problem?
So he is possessive not fearful
he does not want anyone taking what he thinks is his
in the situation with you it could have been over excitement at that situation , but the fact that you can only give to him and not take away so for this you want to use the nothing in life is free training and you want to train daily in a positive method
Please read above
The nothing in life is free training means the dog gets nothing without working for it, meaning his food. All toys bones food dishes go up in a closet for now
I will direct you to a site that goes over this and explains why and how it works
secondly you will need to build the trust through positive obedience trainign
It sounds like he has multiple problems, the biting at the leash can be play or it can be stress, the circling can be a compulsion. We do not know anything about his past but this is an energetic breed which needs lots of things to do
Once you get going on commands then put a stop to the leash biting and circling before it becomes an issue worse than it is
What I want you to do is:'
the NILIF diet, clicker training which is a positive method and because food is involved with clicker training it will go hand in hand with the NILIF training
Train him several times a day in short sessions so you seem consistent to him
I suspect he has not had a lot of consistency in his life so he does not know how to react to things
I will send you links that will take you step by step and one to videos so you can see how it is done.
just give me a moment to pull those up. The clicker can be bought in a pet store for about 3 dollars and invest in a treat bag for your belt because you have to reward the action right after the click, don't try fumbling for stuff in your pocket:)
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Clicker training/positive method training
video’s to see how clicker training is done, scroll down to videos http://www.clickertrainusa.com/clicker-training-videos.htm
Nothing in life is free
I believe you will find that eventually the dog sees all good things come from you and from that a bond will develop
does he go anyway when you walk him or are you giving a command to have him go?
what I would do then is put a command to it as dogs can learn to go potty on command and it comes in handy if the dog becomes distracted by something they you give the potty command and redirect him back to what you want him to do, then yes you can click and reward
You will want to keep him moving forward so this is where your Leave it and heel command come in. He may or may not stop biting the lead if he is in a sit, the leave it command when taught properly means leave everything alone and put your attention on my to await the next command
To teach leave it which you will see in the training site, you offer a low value reward such as a plain biscuit from one hand tell him to leave it and then give him a high value reward from the other.
eventually once the command is learned treats are phased out
or the dog becomes dependent only if food is involved
It is okay once he learns the command to give a reward one time and then no reward the next two times and stagger it so he never knows if a reward is coming but will obey in the hopes that there will be something tasty coming his way
First he has to learn the commands, start these commands off lead in the house so he learns them there first , then you take him outside to more distractions like the back yard on lead. If he bites the leash give a command, show him the reward and just wait for him to stop then he learns that only when he obeys he gets the praise and reward.
Clicker training is about letting the dog figure out what you want
so they will try anything to get that reward
you ignore behaviors you did not ask for and reward those you did ask for
You may also find success in buying some Grannicks bitter apple and spraying the leash as dogs don't usually like the taste or smell
That is extreme for a dog to do that damage, only time will tell if it was a lack of trust, fear, possession or alpha. But he lets people approach him without incident. When you hover over a dog, reach to pat over the head, or stare at a dog they are all seen as threats to them. So to the unstable dog, when you bent over to get the lead with all the confusion in the yelling and fear you displayed he may have felt threatened at that time and so he lashed out thinking you were bending over him to do something
Dogs don't think too far ahead, they react first
I would start from the beginning
give him time to get used to the training.
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