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Old March 27th, 2010, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Kateryna View Post
So I called my vet (Abbotsford Animal Hospital in Aurora) and made an appontment for this Saturday to see what my options are. The vet that we see is also a Behaviourist so I hope he can help me in making my choices. He will assess him
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Old March 31st, 2010, 01:14 PM
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Kateryna, any update or news?
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Old April 3rd, 2010, 11:41 PM
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Uh I'm not exactly a dog expert or entitled to give proper advice, however I really, sincerely feel for you. I hope everything works out!
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Old April 6th, 2010, 08:48 AM
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Kateryna, don't beat yourself up because of that. I hope everything works out for you. Good luck!
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Old April 5th, 2011, 10:30 AM
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Hi Kateryna,

There is definitely hope for your dog. I had a Golden Retreiver named Finnegan with similar issues except his trick was to steal the expensive remote or your brand new shoes and lunge at you if you went to get if off of him. He would even bite you if you were petting him. I actually had Barkbusters come to my home and the trainer was very helpful. It took almost 6months for us to feel at ease again around him but he is now a very well behaved dog. We understand that he is never going to be a party dog around other dogs and people as he really is not interested in their attention, but that was ok with us.

I read some other posts and see that Barkbusters does not get a lot of love on this forum. My wife and I had a really good experience with them and we never did anything physical to Finnegan. Not sure why people seem to think what we learnt from them will make the dog worse. The trainer Krystal must have come to see us over a dozen times to help us through this. Taking him to any sort of group class would have been a nightmare so in home was really the only option.

From everything you described in your post you will have a tough road ahead as you are going to have to do what others have already suggested and stop treating your dog like a person and more like a dog. Everyone in your family is also going to have to be very very consistent. We realized with our own guy that he was really very stressed all the time and his quality of life was not great. Having to worry about us, stangers and other dogs was too much for Finnegan.

Anyway there is a light at the end of the tunnel if you want to put in the effort. In the end it will be worth it. We really enjoy Finnegan now and less then a year ago we were contemplating giving him up.

Good Luck

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Old April 5th, 2011, 11:10 AM
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Welcome Brad1976 to Pets. This thread is almost to the day a year old. Kateryna has not been back on to let us know how the training went with her dog.
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We can stick our heads in the sand for only so long before it starts choking us. Face it folks. The pet population is bad ALL OVER THE WORLD!
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Old April 5th, 2011, 04:29 PM
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For the pulling issue, you could try a front attaching harness. Hali makes one, I am not sure if it comes in maltese size though. If the dog pulls pressure is applied to the front of the harness and pulls the body sideways. This avoids the "whiplash" effect of the head halter, and takes strain off the neck.
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Old April 5th, 2011, 06:37 PM
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I didn't read the entire thread, so I'm not sure if someone suggested this already, but you might want to try getting your dog more exercise, including more structured exercise (ie. leash walking/jogging instead of just the playing with a toy in the basement? Dogs need both structured and unstructured exercise. Leash work would do double duty of exercising your dog and enforcing your place as the alpha.
Good luck!
I see the above post talks about a pulling issue; when I first adopted Whistler he was a real puller. I got a Sporn halter and it worked great until he progressed through training to a flat collar.
I hope everything works out, and kudos to you for reaching out for help.
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