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Aggressive/dominant behaviour. Uh oh...
Just to say how much I value this forum - it is a fascinating and very helpful resource. Thanks in advance for any suggestions with the following issues...
Elvis has been a bad boy this weekend. His cone collar came off a few days ago and he is now back to 'normal' after his neauter surgery. However, yesterday he snapped, snarled, growled and barked at my house cleaner and in the evening took center stage in the living room barking and growling at a visitor. Not good behaviour. I really do not want a yappy snappy dog! I put him into 'time out' - a quiet, dark bathroom - but after 10 minutes he was back outside yapping and snapping.
About a month ago my house keeper helped me clean out his eyes (which he hated) and he has not seen been in her company since. I wondered if he is remembering that unpleasant incident?
During the day he goes to a dog sitter where he hangs out with a female chichahua. He is very attached and affectionate to the sitter, myself, my female lodger and female neighbours. But show him a man and he barks, growls. On the whole I would say he's got quite a nervous and jumpy temperament but now that he is maturing I would really like to get to grips with the unpleasant behaviour. I am going on vacation next week and was going to leave him in the care of the dog sitter. But I am now considering the kennels where he will get to play with other dogs and be cared for by a male supervisor. Your advice will be appreciated!
Regards, Karen and Elvis