The other day I was Ozzy’s third bite victim.
In the summer, Ozzy had pinched a piece of wood and took it under the table. When my husband went to retrieve it, Ozzy snapped. He did not draw blood. There were tooth marks and a bruise. The friend who came to stay had put her handbag on the floor by the table leg. When she went to get something out of it, Ozzy snapped. He did not draw blood. Tooth marks and bruising. His ball was close to the bag. After these two incidents we were advised to have Ozzy castrated. We did and his behaviour changed. He has become more placid, less agitated, less macho, less "doggy", less amorous towards male visitors.
A few days ago, Ozzy went to pinch something unsavoury out of the rubbish bin. I went up to him to take it out of his mouth. He bit my hand.
So where does that leave Ozzy?
I know what my vet would say. He should be put down. Some caring friends who have no experience with dogs, say the same and I understand their arguments.
When Ozzy steals something and takes it under the table, it’s his. When he steals food or food related items such as oven gloves or tea towels, he is a liability when you want to take it out of his mouth. This is the only time he shows aggressive behaviour. And of course he is not a
He is big dog and can therefore
potentially do more harm. Chihuahua
How can a family pet who is generally obedient behave like this? He never growls, does not threaten. I can take his food bowl away when he eats. He obeys to the commands he has been thought. Comes back in the forest when called. He is not aggressive towards other dogs or towards humans although he has to check out strangers before befriending them. He is not a dangerous dog. He does not get upset if another dog takes his ball or his stick. He does not attack other dogs or humans. He is clever and smart. Wants cuddles.
It’s a known fact that Australian shepherds have a nervous disposition.
My friend, Jules, who is 85 years old and knows all there is to know about dogs, says it’s our fault for not being strong pack leaders. We are too soft and lenient with Ozzy. He thinks that we will succeed with boot camp type training and attitude change on our behalf.
I want to give Ozzy another chance but will we succeed?
I am reading all my books of wisdom for help.
I feel we have to seek advice from people who know about dog behaviour.
How do you go about finding somebody who is not a charlatan? Anybody can call himself a behaviourist in
. Better still “professional behaviourist”. You can read a book, put a plaque on your
door and cash in the Euros. What do they
know, I do not know myself? Belgium
As a qualified dog trainer, I feel this is a real challenge.