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  1. Molly says:

    My 7 month Yorkie-Poo is exhibiting fear aggression, posturing/aggressive mouthing towards unfamiliar people/other dogs. We got him from a breeder and he has been shy since we brought him home. He has gone through puppy kindergarten for obedience and puppy agility for confidence. We now have an in home Behaviorist due to the issues we’re experiencing. He does great with most kids but is absolutely TERRIFIED of other people. He snapped at me this morning when on a walk and I tried to gently hold his mouth shut to tell him no barking at strangers. The breeder believes he was not well socialized.. we have brought him everywhere with us trying to get him used to people, new places/things/smells, etc. I don’t know what to do anymore. The breeder states she will replace him but I am worried this is something that can be corrected/grown out of but I am also worried this is just his personality. He also bites me A LOT and scolding him by putting him on his back or I’m his crate seems to do nothing at all and he goes back to it. Any advice would really help, thanks!

    • admin says:

      Hi Molly,
      Desensitization is a possible way by which you can reduce your Yorkiepoo’s fear aggression. Start by breaking down the events that incite his aggression into their discrete components. Pair positive reinforcement like treats or praises with the trigger, slowly establishing an enjoyable association between them. Meanwhile, manage your Yorkiepoo’s environment without pushing him too far. Remember that hostile body language, yelling, or physical correction will escalate your Yorkiepoo’s anxiety and aggression. Talk to your dog’s behaviorist for advice before beginning.

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