[/QUOTE]Originally posted by Frosty's Mom@Jul 25 2005, 11:32 AM
Frosty has almost always tried to bite DH when he starts to take Frosty's harness off. We have never been able to figure it out. My theory was until recently that he must have pulled hair or hurt him in some way at some time when removing it. Now that he has decided to bite me also when I try to groom him, or handle him in any way, if he says "NO"---- I just don't know. It's probably too late for training given that he is now deaf........If I could go back 13 years I would have a trainer or behaviorist helping with any sign of aggression as soon as it happens. I was stupidly stubborn about all his little quirks, thinking I could psyche him out. What I know now is he was way too smart and mentally complicated, and I wasn't thinking like a dog! To figure out why an animal is doing something you have to know how their thinking process works, which is governed by doggy genes, pack instinct and body language, etc. I'd had various breeds of dogs all my life (Looooong life) with no problems, so I thought I could figure out one little white furkid. Wrong! I've never run across as complicated a thinking process as he has---be it human or animal.
So I'd definitely consult a trainer, especially if you see any other signs of temper. Try to find someone who has worked with toy dogs. I think there is a huge difference in training a toy and a larger breed, particularly with aggressive signs. :excl: