We’re experiencing some stressful stuff with our little Jack. He has proven to us that he has some real fear aggression issues, and although I know we’re going to do everything we can (with the assistance of a trainer), it’s really hard for me. Today I got to my sister’s house and immediately broke into tears. She’s the best sister in the world, so she let me cry as much as I wanted. Stevie on the other hand told me, “Stop crying Aunt Sonie, it’s annoying.” She’s not much of a comforter. She did give me a couple of hugs afterwards, but I’m pretty sure she had an ulterior motive.
It might sound ridiculous to be so emotional, and I know that for the sake of Jack, I need to keep it together. I love this dog so much though, and I worry. I worry about the future for him and us as a family, I worry for other people that make him nervous and I worry that I might not be the right person for such a nervous dog.
I welcome all comforting thoughts and comments. I need them. Jack needs them too.
I can relate to what you are going through. Although Max and Bentley have some issues with barking they have gotten much better in settling down when people are over and stopped eating furniture (which would bring me to tears.) It took what felt like forever to get to where we are today. Hang in there Sonie – you and Rob will tame the beast!
I know you’ll get alot of different advice and here’s mine. I had a very insecure dog that sent me on an exhausting journey of trainers, books, DVD’s and YouTube videos nothing had any lasting effect until I was listening to NPR and a dog trainer named Kevin Behan who had written a book called Your Dog is Your Mirror. His website is naturaldogtraining.com This information completely changed everything I knew about dogs. I hope it can help you and your dog. I know how stressful it can be.
awww, sonie. i am sorry. i know that jack is your baby. you have a biter, i have a pouncer. i have to put gus in the laundry room every time anyone comes over, because he wants to throw all 150 pounds of himself onto anyone who walks through that door. we have to give him his “time out” to calm down before he comes out. if you figure out a solution, let me know!
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