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My rescue Juan Jimenez has some behavior issues. I'll start with his social issues in this post. I'm as patient as I can be with him and have taught my husband to do the same, but Juan only likes me and hates everyone else so its hard for my hubby. I take Juan for walks, car rides, Taco Bell drive thru, to Petco to get his nails clipped and shop, have my adult kids come visit. Any way I can socialize the little guy I try. He barks like crazy, growls and snaps at people who get near him. He also goes crazy, barking and growling at all the other dogs at Petco. It's funny and frustrating at the same time. He acts like a lion when he's just a peanut! How can I help the little guy feel more comfortable around others?
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I'd try and talk with the people at the rescue. Was he like this before you got him? I would also have your husband hand feed him. If he can, have him get down on the floor and hand feed him. NO petting him. Just toss the kibble/or roll a little balls out of his canned food, and gradually have him come to his hand. This may take a while until he is comfortable. At no time should your husband attempt to touch him, or startle him. After a week, or so, he should be excited to see your husband and the food. Then feed him his meal in a bowl that your husband puts down. Your husband should quietly, talk with him---"what a good boy" etc. NO touching please, while he is eating. Just be there. I would also have your husband do some of the walks, and car rides. You can start out with them, but gradually have your husband take over. As for the aggression---I think this is fear based. Talk with a trainer at PetCo. No punishment for growling and snarling. He is fearful and punishment will make it worse.
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His behavior sounds fear-based and as he's a rescue, there's no real way to know his history, no way to know if he's been abused by a male so he associates all males with that, it's just all a mystery, no matter what the rescue was told when he was turned in (assuming he was.)

I second everything Susan's said. Consistency is your ally. It won't be fast, but his re-education will be very rewarding as it comes.

My rescue Tango (see my siggy pic) was a nippy, bitey, growly little @#$% when I rescued him. It took time and patience, but now folks are amazed at how sociable he is and how friendly. It was worth the effort.
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I agree with everything Susan said as well. That's exactly what I would do too. It sounds like he's scared and needs to get used to people slowly, with a lot of positive reinforcement.
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