It’s hard to believe that dogs with serious behavior problems can get adopted. Many pet parents with dogs with bite histories feel hopeless that their dog stands a chance of living a normal life.
Below are just some of the cases we have worked with who are now living pampered lives filled with love and kindness. The road to rehabilitating a dog who bites is not an easy path to take, but we know from experience
that when you apply positive training techniques along with management and love, magic happens. The outcome is more emotionally sound dogs living peaceful lives with their new guardians.
For all the pet owners out there living with a dog who is fear reactive; bites strangers, we commend you for your kindness and patience in taking care of these dogs. We hope that the following stories show you that good things can happen when you have the correct support to tackle the most complex issues. Remember, all of you are amazing pet parents!
Cardio with Christina
Snickers was rescued in 2012. He was a cruelty case, and was taken
away from his owners by DC Animal Control. Attached by chain to a tree in a front yard in SE, Washington DC the first year and a half of his life, and his reaction to any handling was biting. Because he was unsafe for the public, he was set to be euthanized, and would only going to be released to a dog rescue. Snickers was placed into foster care and for the next year and a half he received the positive emotional support and training needed to change his fear aggressive behavior. Snickers was adopted to a home that continues to keep him and the public safe. He is doing amazing!
Boxing with Jasmine
Bailey was was fear aggressive, so much so that he was almost euthanized due the number of bite incidents.
Number one on her list—supporting Bailey emotionally.
The main focus of his emotional support was providing him with kindness and a training plan that moved especially slow to give Bailey the time he needed to transform into a different dog. How did we do it? A simple recipe that included: A heaping tablespoon of taking things slow and allowing Bailey to heal at HIS OWN pace, a tablespoon of behavior modification medications, a teaspoon of dog training directly focusing on supporting Bailey's emotional well being and a dash of giving Bailey space to allow him to make his own choices.
The great news is Bailey was adopted in 2019. It's been a fantastic journey to see the progress Bailey has made using a positive reinforcement model. To see a dog who once attacked individuals aggressively turn around and blossom into a friendly and loving dog is a significant achievement. It took time, but the results are amazing.
Always seek help from a positive-reinforcement trainer when you run into trouble with your dog with behavior problems.
For involved behavioral issues take the extra step by seeking out a canine behaviorist.