Living with an aggressive dog 19

Living with an aggressive dog 19

The final post in this series This will be my final post about Josh’s journey. It has been 10 months of stress, and confusion even for the vets and other professionals. As I have mentioned before, medical problems which cause pain can translate into anxiety, fear and...
Living with an aggressive dog 18

Living with an aggressive dog 18

Freeze them. A final post on enrichment techniques I used with Josh and it is about the toys you can buy. There are many to mention but what I have used are Licky mats. I don’t just use any licky mat, I search for those which are deep enough so I can put lots of...
Living with an aggressive dog 17

Living with an aggressive dog 17

Treats in multiple boxes Another one I use is treats in boxes. I start this off with treats in one box. Once they get this I do treat in a box which is in a box. I then do a third box etc. You might be wondering what is the purpose of this. I am glad you asked, the...
Living with an aggressive dog 16

Living with an aggressive dog 16

Enrichment An area, I had not worked with, is enrichment. Research has shown that enrichment can improve the mental health of animals. What is enrichment, I like to describe it as ensuring an animal is making use of its normal instinctive behaviours and where possible...
Living with an aggressive dog 15

Living with an aggressive dog 15

Trust = No muzzle Once I build up trust that Barney and Caesar would not retaliate. I could give my hounds muzzle free time when I was in the house and Josh muzzled. If Josh started something I could intervene quickly. This would be a firm and clear NO and sometimes I...
Living with an aggressive dog 14

Living with an aggressive dog 14

A leap of faith As we continued with the environmental management of Josh, working on Josh’s noise sensitivity and changing my non-verbal communication techniques to help Josh feel safe and secure. I started to work with Josh on being able to be in the same room with...