I took in a Chi /Doxie male dog from a couple who couldn't keep him any longer. He came to me with some issues:
He is very aggressive with people at first-snappy, bitey, etc.. If you offer him a treat and approach slowly he does good, but if you make a fast movement at any time during the greeting he will attempt to bite. He barks at strangers, and other dogs.. (But he loves other dogs and has enjoyed playing with the other foster dogs who have come through my home)
I realize that I have to work harder at training him and making him an adoptable pet and I know that starts with socialization. He has had two meet n greets and completely failed at them. I do not want that to happen a third time.
He loves treats, and once he gets to know you he loves you. He is completely in love with me and is very cuddly. I know that he can be that way with another person as well. I just need help in making him more approachable.
Perhaps in the past strangers have not treated him well? I noticed he was good with the adults once they offered him yummy treats, but when the child approached and turned away from him he nipped.
I have had experience working with many scared and unsocialized dogs (my own dog is a perfect example- she is lovely with children, absolutely loves people and is very very approachable. She has SOME issues with other dogs but generally ignores the other dogs if she doesn't like them.
When I got him the first night he ran into the crate and when I attempted to take him out he tried to bite me. I was careful and know that with time he can be a perfectly happy boy in a good home.
If anyone has any helpful links they could give me that would be great. I have been reading articles, watching videos, etc. Now, it's just time to take it to another level.
I love this foster dog and know that he can be incredible.
His name is Freedom.