Originally posted by jabjab
I've left him a doggie daycare a bunch of times and he does very well. Other grooming times he's been good too. I do know that the last month or so he has growled when trying to take a bone away from him. I've been working with him in him letting me take the bone away the past month and its been working.
I now always let him know that I control the food so before giving him water or food I cover it with my hand and let him know when he can continue. Just last week I took him to an off leash dog park and he is starting to come on command when there is a bunch of dogs around him and he doesn't venture too far away from me.
Now that I think about it, on Sunday at the off leash park this one dog was playing with my dog (bigger dog) and he appeared like he was trying to bite his neck but it appeared playful but he kept doing it so I picked up my dog and told the owners to get their dog under control. I wonder if that effected him as he was kinda down for the rest of the day after that.
I think if you keep it consistent and show him whose boss, he'll probably stop fixating and being protective of his bone. As long as you confidently set consistent and firm house rules, the dog will eventually come around to respecting and trusting you to it's full extent, where he trusts you to leave him in places. Dogs prefer a leader in the house hold, it keeps him happy and content and makes his life easier. He just has to have full confidence in you to know he's safe. Any indication of a weakness or poor confidence from the owner and the dog usually gets anxious, stressed and begins to act out to try and fill that alpha role (object obsession, chewing, digging, hyper activity, crying/howling, aggression towards other dogs etc.)
At home, practice using positive reinforcement (treats and praise) to get him to sit still on command, so he knows how to act desirably around you. Then try it with other people present to have him focus on you. So in regards to the groomer, you can apply the same method to try and make it an enjoyable experience for him. Stay with him and the groomer until he knows everything is okay. After a few visits, you can ween off the treats, and eventually just leave him there. It's takes time, you'll get there.
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