Meet Alfie! A proper loving cutie!
Alfie has bitten at least 5 times now and at least 3 different people, all with specific triggers, but ones that have been difficult to avoid. Usually, this is when he is being asked to do something and there is a chance that they will touch his collar to move him.
Although his bites haven’t been too serious, a bite is still a bite.
We believe that this aversion to collar touches came from his previous trainer, who tried to teach him a recall by telling him to stay, asking him to come, and if he didn’t then drag him over by his collar (which is a stupid way of teaching a recall, FYI).
Alfie is mint, he’s a really cool dog that picks stuff up super quick, especially when there’s food involved.
We taught him a hand touch and had him recalling using it, rather than having to touch the collar.
We also counter conditioned a collar grab, so that if they ever did need to take his collar, he would get happy with it.
Finally, we boosted his enrichment to give him alternatives to stealing things around the house to chew and his owner will be taking a canine body language course which should also help her understand him better.
All in all, Alfie and Kelly did fab and there will likely be no issues at all.
Well done guys!
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