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Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I have been in the dog field for 25 years. I am a Therapy Dog & AKC Evaluator/trainer/ as well as an assistance/service dog trainer, specializing in behavior. It will be my pleasure to help you today.
Does this happen all the time or is it only since you have put the cone on?
How long have you had the dog and where did you get it from?
It is a six month old dog?
When did the dog start licking its legs and have you been to a vet for this?
thank you then it was a lick granuloma or just a bacterial infection, something that medicine will cure. But did they diagnose the dog with allergies and that is why there is excessive licking of the leg?
Can you also answer the other questions above that I sent you?
Thank you for that information. So the licking of the paws, so I don't leave anything out, is probably due to airborne allergies. With this dogs will lick their paws until they hurt and develop sores. You may want to talk to your vet about Apoquel. This newer drug can stop that licking within a couple of days if it is due to airborne allergies and not a dog that is overly nervous.
I will work on the rest of my answer now:)
when it come to the dogs behavior, it is important for your husband to do some daily training with the dog so the dog builds a bond with him. Daily positive training even if it is five minutes a couple of times a day it should help your dog look at your husband in a different way. When he trains I want him to use a very special treat that will only come from your husband. Something like chicken or hot dog slivers.
If you are not familiar with clicker training I will send a link below for this. It is a positive method of training. I also want your husband to use a trigger word that will tell the dog he is about to pet him , so include this word with the training. Something like "Murphy Pet" so the dog knows what is about to happen.
Dogs are born with personalities which develop to stronger personalities over time. If they have a fearful personality and they are not worked with on a daily basis then that behavior will come out in the form of snapping and growling.
Clicker training/positive method training/ print off
video’s to see how clicker training is done, scroll down to videos http://www.clickertrainusa.com/clicker-training-videos.htm
it is very effective. We use it to train therapy dogs and service dogs. In fact if your dog likes its food, and you don't put it down in front of him every day in a bowl but use it throughout the day to train and use as a reward you will see a better behaved dog. Treats come in when we ask a dog to do a difficult task and their regular food is not enough for them to try something new.
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