Our special friends that complete our lives
Well we've made it thru his first year and though frustrating I wouldn't trade him for the world. He's 17 months old now at 125 lbs and as much part of the family as anyone else in the house. We made it thru his being a bully .....finally think he's figured out that grabbing us, is not the best way to get us to play with him. Now working on the fact that when he's told to do something there is no option of compromising ( he likes to think there is ) He thinks that if you tell him to go outside and he doesn't want to that he can just go to his room ( his kennel ) and that will be ok....hmm sure due to errors on our part in his up bringing that he has this mind set. I am here to ask for advice again....
I am not sure what has happened or if this is going to turn into a bigger issue. We take Vinny out as often as we can and to as many public places as we can ( at lest once a week ) he's been socialized. He's been taught that when children approach him ( with our permission ) to stay laying down. We took him to pet co a few weeks ago and he was being very good and relaxed about laying there while people petted him. One lady started petting him around his hind end and then was taking his tail and kinda swatting at his face with it. He's never really liked his tail played with ...before I could stop her he grabbed at her hand ( didn't break skin or even tell that he came into contact ) He of course was corrected and we chalked it up to her playing with his tail and make a point of asking people not to touch his tail. Well we went for a walk tonight and I use a soft lead for him but always make him available for people to pet and explain what the part is around his nose is for. A young boy ( 10 to 13 ) and his older sister asked if he was mean...I explained no and told them they could pet him....I don't know if it was both of them being fear full of him, or the fact that there was someone on a bike riding by, but he all of a sudden growled and grabbed the young boys arm ( he was petting him around the neck are ). He did not break skin or even bruise him and released him right away, but of course I can't have him thinking this is acceptable behavior. I am going tomorrow to get him a soft muzzle for right now, but any idea's on what might be causing this behavior or what can help correct it?? I sit here trying to picture it over and over again to see what might have happened. He is not a aggressive dog in any form ( well less your the pizza guy knocking on the door and then its just barking to make sure we know pizza's here ). I hate the thought that I may have to muzzle him always when we go out because it puts such fear in people. Thank you in advance.