As a dog trainer in Keezletown, Virginia, The Balanced Dog received a call to train a Chihuahua mix. The dog’s elderly owner reported that the dog became aggressive when meeting strangers. And she wasn’t kidding! He regularly bit people, including aides that came to the house to help his owner. At the time, due to some extenuating circumstances in the home, I was unable to begin training the dog. After our consultation, the owner agreed to contact me when she was ready to start working together to train this human aggressive dog.
His owner definitely adored him. She even called him her “guard dog,” for he always ran to her and would lunge at anyone who got too close. However, her petting him when he ran to her served to reinforce his aggressive behavior.
Unfortunately his owner passed away in April of this year. Her family was unable to keep the dog, but knew that his former owner would want him to be cared for and loved. They contacted The Balanced Dog, knowing that I worked with the dog in the past and that I had contacts through the dog training services that I offer in Keezletown and surrounding areas. They wanted to be sure that the dog would receive training so that he could be safely re-homed and ensure that he would not end up in a shelter.
Since he’s been with us, we have worked on his aggression towards humans through extensive dog behavior training, as well as increasing his exercise. He has not only mellowed out, but has become a valued asset to our family of dog assistants! He is well behaved around other dogs, as well as cats and chickens!
This month we made the decision to formally adopt Leo. We are so excited to welcome him to The Balanced Dog family. He is still in training. Leo needs some work being less nervous and more welcoming to males. Below you can see him working with a boy who volunteered to help Leo learn new behaviors. However it is our goal to have him helping us out in the nursing homes where The Balanced Dog volunteers with therapy dogs!
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