09-01-2017, 09:12 AM
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: near Reading, PA
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A month is still early days as far as an adult adopted dog is concerned, so he may still be adjusting, but given that his bites draw blood, a consultation with a behaviorist would be a very good idea. I wouldn't jump to any conclusions regarding whether or not the dog can be rehabilitated without a professional opinion (or two).
Start CARE protocol
, muzzle training
, and basic obedience training (sit, down, stay, come, leave it, etc.).
If the dog is snarling and growling, that's actually good! Please make sure you don't punish those behaviors. You want your dog to be able to tell you when he's uncomfortable, and growling and snarling are harmless ways for your dog to get the message across. He's helping you to learn what his limits and boundaries and warning signs are. Pay attention for warning signs and respect his boundaries. Gradually, you should be able to help him expand his comfort zone so he'll be less reactive/aggressive.
My dog is also reactive and dog aggressive, so I (and other folks here) can sympathize with your situation. Good luck to both you and your pup.